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Racing! Victor Espinoza finishes second in comeback race

Hello, my call is John Cherwa and welcome back to our horse racing newsletter as we marvel what Galilean’s subsequent race might be.

It turned into extraordinary to peer Victor Espinoza back in the saddle on Monday. He didn’t win but got the most of his horse to finish 2nd.

Espinoza’s go back to racing was by no means a certainty, given the severity of his accidents after his horse broke down during an exercise. It’s been almost seven months for the reason that he closing raced and the maximum of that time has been in bodily therapy.

Initially, he turned into partially paralyzed after which suffered the lingering impacts of such a devastating twist of fate. But the Hall of Famer is tough and his remedy is even extra hard.

Eric (Manny) Sondheimer became at Santa Anita to chronicle his return and I urge you to read his report. Just click on here.

But, even as Eric will come up with a wiser greater curated model of the day, we’re simply going to download his post-race remarks. So, here’s unfiltered Victor.

“It became first-rate, it becomes an amusing journey. She ran fantastic and you couldn’t ask for a lot greater. We were given the first race out of the way and now we’ve got to go on and discover the subsequent champion. I wasn’t fearful. I turned into the kind of excited [going to the gate], excited to recognize I got here returned and could hold my profession.

“I concept we had a little risk [to win in the stretch] however the winner changed into too far in advance of me and too hard to capture. But my filly ran pretty proper and I sense super.

“It was a large question now not simplest for different people but for me, as to whether or not I ought to make it back. I couldn’t even walk 20 or 30 ft with out getting worn-out, and now, to have recovered after seven months, it’s just an fantastic feeling on my part. Not a lot to come again and experience, but that my fitness has come back one hundred%.

“It’s a lesson learned to by no means surrender. Our health is the maximum important component and you have to hold going. After I had my twist of fate (July 22) it changed into just united states and downs, like a roller coaster. There have been days I felt properly, days I felt terrible, days I felt I would come returned and days I felt I desired not anything to do with racing.

“But mentally, you need to be strong, and it’s very crucial to have an assist from the fanatics and the people around you. I appreciate that. I recognize the whole lot. Basically, I recognize the whole lot in life. I cross daily and keep my profession surrounded with the aid of lots of glad humans. It feels amazing. It’s constantly suitable to have that plenty guide from every body and health is most crucial and I’m prepared to move.

“I don’t even need to bear in mind what took place that day, I attempt no longer to recollect. It was awful. I become simply in horrific shape, that become the worst twist of fate I may want to ever experience in my existence and it changed into no longer easy, however way to all of the help and every body that turned into around me, they supported me. But I additionally had to do lots on my element and just maintain going, just never give up and the handiest motive I did that [was because] I wanted to experience better. I wanted to sense like earlier than. I need to do matters by myself and do all of the matters I need to do. It turned into now not smooth however you understand what? Everything can pay off and I am here.

“[Trainer] John [Sadler] has been a large supporter of my profession and we have had loads of success together and I can’t thank him enough due to the fact he positioned me in the first horse to work and he also placed me within the first race, there are numerous others maybe who nevertheless do not have much confidence in me that I won’t be ready to race but they’re all there to look me trip inside the first race.”

Best wishes to Jay Cohen

Bill Plaschke’s extraordinary story on bugler Jay Cohen brought on a variety of you to want to ship satisfactory wishes his way. Here’s how you could do it. Just ship your mind in an email to Mike Willman, Santa Anita’s tireless media members of the family boss, and he’ll make sure Jay receives it. Mike’s e-mail is [email protected] . I’m certain Jay would like to hear from you. If you ignored Bill’s tale, just click on right here.

Santa Anita overview

No big wonder in the first of two stakes races on Monday’s card. In the $200,000 California Cup Derby, for Cal-bred 3-12 months-olds going 1 1/16 miles at the turf, heavy, heavy preferred Galilean had little more than a paid exercise triumphing by way of four ½ lengths in a race wherein he changed into by no means requested for a lot.

Galilean paid the minimum $2.10, $2.10 and $2.10. Feeling Strong turned into 2nd and Whooping Jay changed into a third. The actual question now is will he head to the Kentucky Derby path.

“We have an entire bunch of options,” stated triumphing teacher Jerry Hollendorfer. “There are quite a few races anywhere for him and we’re nominated anywhere, so we’ll try to make an awesome decision as to in which to run subsequently.

“I don’t assume [distance] is an problem. We wanted to take gain of him being a Cal-bred, take gain of giving him any other race and jogging right here. That’s what we desired to do and that’s what we did.”

Jockey Flavien Prat remained high at the colt.

“It’s quite thrilling because he’s carried out the entirety proper to date,” Prat said. “Like anyone else although he needs to improve the course, it’s interesting to win this time of 12 months. He’s an awesome three-12 months-old.”

In the $200,000 California Cup Oaks, for three-year-old fillies going a mile at the turf, Mucho Unusual pulled a large disillusioned triumphing gate to the cord with the aid of 3 lengths.

Mucho Unusual paid $23.80, $eleven.20 and $6.20. Lippy was second and Lakerball became 1/3.

“What went into the selection [to run] turned into the stakes agenda, her action, being out of the Unusual Heat mare and her 1/2-brother is a turf performer,” stated prevailing instructor Tim Yakteen. “[I was] really amazed there wasn’t greater pace, on paper, there was quite a piece of speed on paper it became out we have been [the speed] and [jockey] Joel [Rosario] took the lead and took command of the race.”

Big races evaluation

A take a look at graded stakes or races worth extra $a hundred,000 or more on Monday.

Laurel (5): $100,000 Maryland Racing Media Stakes, fillies and mares four and up, 1 1/16 miles. Winner: Enchanted Ghost ($15.20)

Aqueduct (eight): $a hundred,000 Hollie Hughes Stakes, NY-beds 4 and up, 6 furlongs. Winner: Bavaro ($four.90)

Santa Anita (four): $200,000 California Cup Derby, Cal-bred 3-yr-olds, 1 1/16 miles. Winner: Galilean ($2.10)

Oaklawn (7): Grade 3 $2 hundred,000 Bayakoa Stakes, fillies and mares four and up, 1 1/sixteen mile. Winner: She’s a Julie ($four.Eighty)

Santa Anita (5): $two hundred,000 California Cup Oaks, Cal-bred fillies 3-years-antique, 1 mile on turf. Winner: Mucho Unusual ($23.Eighty)

Oaklawn (eight): Grade 3 $500,000 Razorback Handicap, 4 and up, 1 1/sixteen mile. Winner: Coal Front ($4.60)

Oaklawn (9): Grade three $500,000 Southwest Stakes, 3-12 months-olds, 1 1/sixteen mile. Winner: Super Steed ($126.60)

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