Triple Crown Winner Victor Espinoza Joins ‘Dancing With The Stars’ (VIDEO)
Victor Espinoza will compete on the upcoming season of “Dancing With The Stars,” it was announced on ESPN2’s “SportsNation” on Tuesday. The triple crown-winning jockey is the second celebrity to be confirmed for the show’s 21st season (video below). He joins Bindi Irwin, the 17-year-old actress and daughter of late “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin, who was confirmed yesterday during an appearance on “Good Morning America.
As you’ll recall, Espinoza guided American Pharoah to victory at the Kentucky Derby, followed by the Preakness, and then Belmont Stakes this past spring. Espinoza is the first Hispanic jockey to ever win the Triple Crown and also the oldest at 43. Before becoming a jockey, Espinoza, who’s now won more than 3,000 races, drove a bus in Mexico.
As Gossip Cop has previously reported, returning pros for the upcoming season include reigning champ Val Chmerkovskiy, Karina Smirnoff, Witney Carson, Sharna Burgess, Peta Murgatroyd, Allison Holker, Artem Chigvintsev, Mark Ballas, and Derek Hough.
Additional celebrity cast members will be announced each day on “Good Morning America.” Gossip Cop will continue to update as more names are announced. The new season of “Dancing with the Stars” kicks off September 14 on ABC.
Check out the video below of Victor Espinoza being announced as a contestant on “Dancing With The Stars,” and tell us what you think. Note: Video no longer available.