But ahead of the big event, the 2015 Triple Crown winner got in some pre-race prep time with another triumphant athlete — a member of his Skechers family, David “Big Papi” Ortiz, former Boston Red Sox baseball star.
“In the jockey room with 2015 Triple Crown winner @EspinozasVictor (aka #littlepapi) & @DavidOrtiz (aka #bigpapi). GO VICTOR!” the Skechers brand tweeted, sharing a hilarious photo of the athletes enjoying a laugh, highlighting their staggering height differences — Espinoza at 5-foot 2-inches and Ortiz standing tall at 6-foot 3-inches.
The image shows the sports stars outfitted in Skechers gear while inside the jokey room ahead of Espinoza’s race with his horse Gormley today.
Skechers announced on Thursday that it will sponsor Espinoza at the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby, where he will have Skechers branding on his riding apparel during.
“We love partnering with elite competitors in any sport and thinking outside the box,” Skechers president Michael Greenberg said. “Victor was riding California Chrome when we sponsored the thoroughbred during his exciting run at the Belmont Stakes in 2014. Now we’re partnering with the man himself as he seeks to achieve his fourth Kentucky Derby victory.”
Espinoza shared that the partnership was organic, as he’s already a fan of Skechers footwear.
“When I’m relaxing away from the track, I’ve always loved how comfortable Skechers shoes feel,” Espinoza added. “As my career really hit its stride on the West Coast, I’m thrilled to have such an iconic California brand supporting me on this incredible journey.”