Jockey and Trainer Give Up Their Triple Crown Winnings
American Pharoah's Triple Crown win means glory for the horse, his jockey, his trainer and his owners. The glory must be enough because the jockey and trainer have decided to give away their winnings.
American Pharoah became the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years when he won the Belmont Stakes in New York on Saturday, sweeping the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes. The first time since Affirmed did it in 1978.
With the win, 43 year old Victor Espinoza became the oldest jockey and the first Latino to win all three races in one season. Would you believe that Espinoza was afraid of horses when he was a little boy in Mexico? He usually donates 10 percent of everything he wins to City of Hope, a cancer research and treatment center. But after becoming only the twelfth jockey to claim Triple Crown glory, Espinoza is donating all his prize winnings, $80,000, to the California center!
But wait, there's more!
American Pharoah’s trainer Bob Baffert, who lost three Triple Crowns prior to Saturday’s victory, will donate $50,000 each to 3 charities for retired race horses and permanently disabled jockeys.
But wait there is even more!
The Burger King Guy was in the box with the Bafferts watching the race, that was all about charity too.
Bob Baffert told Time Magazine, "The reason we did it was because the money goes to charity. Burger King paid $200,000 for the placement, and the money would be directed to causes like post-career assistance for jockeys and racehorses."
So all around, American Pharoah did a good thing for a lot of humans and horses by winning on Saturday. He will continue to make money with his stud fees averaging between $100 thousand and $150 thousand per um, girlfriend?