Triple Crown-winning jockey Victor Espinoza is gearing up for yet another run at the Kentucky Derby. He has won the event in two of the last three years, most recently in 2015 atop American Pharoah. “The Kentucky Derby is always special to win, and it’s not easy,” Espinoza said on CBS Sports Radio’s After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “There are tons and tons of horses just for this race, and really, only 20 horses can run. If you have the right one, to be able to win the race is just incredible. It would be really special for me to win another Kentucky Derby.” Espinoza became a household name in 2015, when American Pharoah became the first Triple-Crown winner since 1978, when Affirmed won the Derby,
The Henry de Bromhead-trained horse has been one of the most popular picks on Oddschecker this morning with his odds shortening from as big as 28/1 to just 16/1 with some firms. Fourth in the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham in March, he was ridden along from a long way out that day but still wasn’t a million miles away from the impressive winner Fayonagh (successful on the card yesterday).
Nicole Russo | Daily Racing Form Three-time Grade 1 winner I'm a Chatterbox has been retired, her connections reported this week. A daughter of Munnings who raced as a homebred for Fletcher and Carolyn Gray, I'm a Chatterbox will visit Darley stallion Medaglia d'Oro before this breeding season concludes. I'm a Chatterbox, trained by Larry Jones, concludes her career with a record of 19-8-4-3 and earnings of $2,354,454. She won or placed in 12 stakes, with her Grade 1 victories coming in the 2015 Cotillion Stakes at Parx Racing and last year's Delaware Handicap at Delaware Park and Spinster Stakes at Keeneland. She crossed the line first by a nose in another Grade 1 event, the 2015 Coaching Club