Racing’s Triple Crown puts City of Hope in the Winner’s Circle

Racing’s Triple Crown puts City of Hope in the Winner’s Circle

Jockey Victor Espinoza made history in 2015, riding American Pharoah to the first Triple Crown of horse racing in 37 years. After wins at the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, Espinoza rode in the Belmont Stakes in Elmont, New York, to claim racing’s most-prized title.

And after making history, Espinoza made a generous gift, donating his entire winner’s purse to cancer research at City of Hope.

 “Good health — that’s what I want for everyone. With good health, people can enjoy life and do those things that make them happy,” Espinoza has said. “By working to defeat cancer, City of Hope’s researchers and doctors are bringing a greater chance of health and happiness to people everywhere.”
Espinoza has supported City of Hope for much of his career, anonymously. He’s also made several visits to the campus, bringing gifts, sharing stories and connecting with pediatric patients.

“The more I see them and the more I come here, I try to help more,” he said. “If I can help somebody and I can improve their lives, just a little bit, then that’s the only reason I do it.”

“Victor’s support and generosity have been a tremendous gift to City of Hope,” said President and CEO Robert Stone. “More important, his personal commitment and involvement have made a real difference in the lives of our patients, particularly our pediatric patients.”