Thanks to Victor Espinoza, Southern California-based cancer research center City of Hope won big on the Belmont Stakes. Espinoza, rider of Triple Crown hero American Pharoah, said he is donating his 10-percent winner's share, approximately $80,000, to the hospital. After the race, he said, "I won but I don't make any money because I'm donating it all to City of Hope."
A year ago, he said that for the previous 10 years, he had given 10 percent of his winnings anonymously to City of Hope.
Trainer Bob Baffert said he and his wife, Jill, are donating a total of $100,000 to two thoroughbred aftercare organizations and $50,000 to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.