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Mexican Jockey Victor Espinoza Started at a Goat Farm, Now He’s Dancing With the Stars

Victor Espinoza’s name will go down in history. He became the first jockey in 37 years to win horse racing’s Triple Crown after riding American Pharaoh to a resounding victory at the Belmont Stakes. Here’s a closer look at Espinoza, who immigrated to the U.S. from Mexico to pursue his dream of becoming a jockey.

He’s the 11th of 12 Children

My bro and I

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He Lived on a Goat Farm in Mexico

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As a kid, Espinoza used to help his brother herd more than 2,000 goats on a farm. Now he gets honored at events like the ESPYs.

He’s One of 11 Jockeys to Win Horse Racing’s Triple Crown

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He’s also the first Latino to win the Triple Crown: the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes.

TV Cameras Caught Him Saying “Holy Shit” After His Win

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He Donated his Belmont Stakes Winnings to Charity

Martha #City Hope

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He’s Earned More than $4.5 million Over the Course of His Career

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Not bad for a guy who used to work as a horse groomer and bus driver.

He’s Met with Royalty

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That’s Espinoza with Queen Elizabeth at the Royal Ascot race in England.

He’s a Fan of Breaking Bad

First win of the day @delmarracing

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He’s Got Big Arms for a Guy Who is Only 5’2″

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Is that a bulletproof vest for those guns, Victor?

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He’s Got a Decent Sinker

He Isn’t Short on Confidence

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During an interview on the Today ShowEspinoza said American Pharaoh could have won by a larger margin: “I could have won a little bit farther. Maybe another three or four lengths.”

Now, Espinoza has made it all the way to Dancing With the Stars.

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His dance partner will be Ukranian beauty Karina Smirnoff, a former DWTS winner who has three inches on Espinoza (she’s 5’3″).

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