Two Things I Learned on Tuesday from Victor Espinoza


by Brandon Steiner June 10, 2015 0 Comments

Here’s what I learned while I spent my day with Steiner Sports' newest exclusive athlete, Triple Crown-winning Victor Espinoza yesterday.

Although he won the Triple Crown, he’s not any better a jockey today than he was a year ago. He has been a Hall of Fame-caliber jockey for a long time.  Sometimes it takes a single moment that catches up with all the hard work, effort and commitment to make the statement of who you are and how great you have always been at your craft.

A lot of us are undervalued and understated, but there is always a time for us to get what we want, we just don’t have any control over the timing.

Victor Espinoza is the example of being persistent: riding different horses, not making a bunch of money and having a lot of ups and downs.

Another thing I learned…jockeys are really tiny. When I was with him last night and he decided to have a Shake Shack burger his eyes lit up, and I said, “Have the custard, too!” People don’t realize the amount of work and discipline it takes to succeed being a jockey. Diet and nutrition are huge. The guy has been starving probably for so long just to stay in top shape.

The thing I liked about him most is that through all of us this he was so incredibly humble. He has always had a high level of gratefulness and humility, but the fact that it has not wavered whatsoever in these last six weeks is the impressive part. Sometimes when great things happen we all let our egos get in the way and we forget about what got us there. With Victor, that did not happen. I never thought I would meet someone so similar in their mentality to a Jeter or Rivera, whom I have gotten to know so well. Victor Espinoza is right there.

Congratulations, Victor, on making history!




Brandon Steiner
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Brandon Steiner is the founder and chairman of Steiner Sports Marketing and Memorabilia, the largest company of its kind in America. Considered a sports marketing guru, Brandon is a permanent fixture in the media as a regular on ESPN NY Radio 98.7 FM and as host of "The Hook-Up with Brandon Steiner" on YES Network. He has appeared frequently on CNBC, CNN, MSNBC, ESPN, and in newspapers including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. The author of The Business Playbook: Leadership Lessons from the World of Sports and You Gotta Have Balls: How a Kid from Brooklyn Started From Scratch, Bought Yankee Stadium, and Created a Sports Empire, Brandon lives in Scarsdale, New York, with his wife, Mara and children Crosby and Nicole.




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