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Agent: Jockey Espinoza Moves from Hospital to Rehab Facility



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    In this June 6, 2015, file photo, Victor Espinoza reacts after crossing the finish line with American Pharoah to win the Belmont Stakes horse race at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. American Pharoah’s sweep of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes for horse racing’s first Triple Crown since 1978 was selected the sports story of the year, Dec. 24, 2015, in an annual vote conducted by The Associated Press.

    Hall of Fame jockey Victor Espinoza has been moved to a rehabilitation facility to recover from a fractured vertebra in his neck sustained during a training accident.

    Agent Brian Beach tweeted Friday that Espinoza had left the hospital, where he had been up and walking around in the days after being injured last Sunday.

    Beach says the 46-year-old rider is "still doing well and is one step closer to going home."

    Espinoza was exercising Bobby Abu Dhabi during morning workouts at Del Mar north of San Diego. Track officials said the horse had an apparent heart attack and Espinoza was thrown off. Bobby Abu Dhabi, a 4-year-old horse, died.

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    Espinoza rode American Pharoah to a sweep of the Triple Crown in 2015.

    The jockey will miss the rest of the Del Mar meet that ends Sept. 3.