From DMTC Publicity
DEL MAR, Calif. (Aug. 26, 2015) -- Jockey Victor Espinoza has signed up to be one of the contestants in the new fall season of the popular television series “Dancing With The Stars.”
The announcement was made on ESPN Sports Night on Tuesday and quickly spread, of course, via social media.
“It’s something we’ve been working on since June, actually,” Espinoza’s agent, Brian Beach, said Wednesday morning in the Del Mar stable area. “He says he’s a decent dancer, but he’s planning on learning a lot.
“He knows rehearsals are pretty intense, but he welcomes that because he puts himself through pretty intense workouts already and this will be in place of those workouts and give him some variety.
“He’s looking forward to meeting people and to competing.”
Beach said that while Espinoza has received inquiries or offers from a variety of show business entities since his Triple Crown winning campaign on American Pharoah, the Dancing With The Stars opportunity was the one that best fit in to his race riding schedule.
The professional dance partners for Espinoza and the other celebrity contestants will be revealed on September 2 on the Good Morning America program, Beach said. Rehearsals will start shortly after that and the show’s season premier is September 14.
“It’s something mainstream and it could capture the general public’s interest and create more interest in racing,” Beach said.
Meanwhile, Espinoza has the matter of keeping American Pharoah on the winning track in Sunday’s $1.25 million Travers Stakes at Saratoga.