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Steel defeated the
Amazon Warriors by
three wickets on Sat-
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BRIDGETOWN---The size of the board
of directors of the Barbados Cricket
Association (BCA) could be in for a
If BCA members choose to adopt new
rules that are to be considered at an
extraordinary general meeting on
Thursday, the officers of the board will
be cut from 14 to nine, with the
elimination of two vice-presidents and
three other directors.
Instead of having first, second and
third vice-presidents, the proposed new
board will have a single vice president
whose primary function will be to
perform duties in the absence of the
Additionally, instead of having eight
ordinary directors, the number will drop
to five should BCA members give the
draft rules the thumbs up at the
extraordinary general meeting set for
the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre,
starting at 5.30 pm.
BCA to vote on trimming board at EGM
HALLANDALE BEACH---This is the
new reality for Victor Espinoza.
A half-filled white Styrofoam cup
of espresso is to his left, a black
Sharpie pen is in his right hand and
a 3-inch-high stack of Triple Crown
commemorative posters is in front
He signs one, then someone
whisks it off the top of the pile. Sign
another, whisk another. Sign, whisk.
"It never ends," he said without
He s not complaining.
For the rest of his life, Espinoza
will be introduced as a Triple Crown
He rode American Pharoah to wins
in the Kentucky Derby, Preakness
Stakes and Belmont Stakes, and the
month since that grind ended has
been a nonstop cavalcade of oppor-
tunity for the 43-year-old who
couldn t speak English when he came
to the United States from Mexico
two decades ago and used to sleep
at racetracks because he couldn t
afford anything better. Those days
are gone. He s a celebrity, an unlikely
one and maybe even his sport s
"Sometimes it s fun. Sometimes
it s a little bit overwhelming,"
Espinoza said. "I started to think
about it and it s all for the fans. They
really want a little attention and to
talk about my experience to the
Triple Crown and for them, too.
Sometimes it s overwhelming. You
can t go anywhere. But it s OK."
He appeared and spoke at Gulf-
stream Park yesterday, his first visit
to that track since the Breeders Cup
was there in 1999.
Espinoza rode in Gulfstream s
Summit of Speed races, plus signed
autographs for fans who waited in
line on a scorching afternoon to get
a moment or two with thoroughbred
racing s brightest current star---at
least of the nonequine variety.
"They say racing is dead, or they
say racing is dying," said John Ander-
son, 44, who drove nearly two hours
from Port St Lucie, Florida just to
get his moment with Espinoza. "It s
not. It s alive and well and Victor
Espinoza, American Pharoah and (the
horse s trainer) Bob Baffert are why
I think racing is going to become
bigger than it s ever been."
It s not like the Triple Crown made
Espinoza a racing star.
He won the first two legs of the
Triple Crown twice before, first
aboard War Emblem in 2002 and
then with California Chrome last
But it took his level of celebrity
and shot it into the stratosphere. He
raced a motorised minibike against
Jimmy Fallon, and won.
He s been to the CMT Music
Awards, which he never figured
would be on his to-do list.
And on Saturday, Espinoza was
seated on the back of a gray Porsche
as a guest of honour in the Inde-
pendence Day parade at his home in
Sierra Madre, California.
Then came the cross-country
flight to South Florida.
"That explains that," he said,
pointing at the coffee cup.
He took a couple weeks off from
riding after the Triple Crown journey
was over, and is now working back
to what would be a regular schedule.
He ll return to ride in California this
week and focus on the meet at Del
Mar for most of the summer.
American Pharoah s next start is
set for the Haskell at Monmouth on
August 2, and the Travers next
month at Saratoga Race Course could
possibly be in play.
Espinoza said it still doesn t seem
"Over time, it will," he said. "It s
just right now, I think because I have
a lot of things that I m doing right
now---go here, go there---I don t have
He s also writing a book, detailing
his life from its meager beginnings
growing up on a Mexican farm to
driving a bus in Mexico City to
becoming a jockey and now as its
first Triple Crown winner in 37 years.
"It ll be the real life of a jockey,"
Espinoza said. "A few times, I was
ready to quit."
With that, he went back to his
pile. There were plenty more posters
In this June 6, 2015,
file photo, Victor
Espinoza reacts after
crossing the finish line
Pharoah to win the
Belmont Stakes horse
race at Belmont Park
in Elmont, NY For the
rest of his life,
Espinoza will be
introduced as a Triple
Crown winner. He rode
Espinoza's new world
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