American Pharoah jockey Victor Espinoza joins Dancing with the Stars

Wednesday August 26th, 2015

Jockey Victor Espinoza, the man who rode American Pharoah to the Triple Crown, will compete in the upcoming season of Dancing with the Stars.

Espinoza announced he would be joining the cast in an appearance on ESPN2's SportsNation. 

Espinoza won the Triple Crown aboard Pharoah this year, completing the feat for the first time in 37 years and becoming the first Hispanic jockey ever to win it.

"I'm Victor Espinoza, a Triple Crown winner and I'm here to win 'Dancing with the Stars,'" Espinoza said in a video posted to Twitter. Athletes have a strong history in the competition, with former NFL running back Emmitt Smith, former NFL receivers Hines Ward and Donald Driver, Olympic ice dancer Meryl Davis, ice skaters Apolo Anton Ohno and Kristi Yamaguchi and gymnast Shawn Johnson, and driver Hélio Castroneves among the past champions.

• American Pharoah rides into history

The full cast will be announced Sept. 2 on ABC's Good Morning America, with the season beginning Monday, Sept. 14.

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