‘Heart’ of Champs: Why Victor Espinoza Gave Triple Crown Winnings to Charity

Victor Espinoza: American Pharoah is right at the top

American Pharoah Jockey Victor Espinoza on winning the Triple Crown and his decision to donate all his winnings from the race to the City of Hope.

American Pharoah made history winning the Triple Crown at the Belmont Stakes -- and that means money for a lot of people. But Jockey Victor Espinoza told FBN’s Stuart Varney he will take “zero” of his ten-percent cut, and instead donate it all to City of Hope charity for children’s cancer research.

Continue Reading Below

“It had to come from my heart, I don’t want anyone to think someone told me to do it … I will donate and do everything in my power to help them,” he said.

American Pharoah was the 12th horse to ever win the Triple Crown, and the first in 37 years.

“American Pharoah and I are connected…He is the greatest horse I’ve ever ridden…I’ve rode a lot of horses and they are all amazing, but American Pharoah is right on top,” he said.

Click here for a Q&A with American Pharoah's jockey, Victor Espinoza

What do you think?

Click the button below to comment on this article.