PAIR OF LOCAL CHURCHES & DUARTE-BASED CITY OF HOPE IN-LINE TO RECEIVE CONTRIBUTIONS
ARCADIA, Calif. (May 30, 2014)–Longtime fan Edward Espinoza, who along with his wife Susan, stands to win a $1 million bonus as the first-ever Santa Anita Derby Millionaire finalist should California Chrome win the Belmont Stakes Saturday, June 7, has announced that two local churches and a leading cancer research and treatment facility will receive charitable donations if “The Chrome” becomes racing’s first Triple Crown winner since 1978.
“If California Chrome wins the Belmont, we are going to make donations to two churches, St. Mary’s of the Assumption in Whittier and St. Francis Xavier in Pico Rivera,” said Espinoza, 72, and himself a Whittier resident. “Additionally, I lost my first wife to cancer and I want to try and help the City of Hope for everything they do to help people who are stricken with cancer.
“I know the IRS is going to take a big chunk of what we win, but we’ll make the donations from what is left.”
Espinoza and his wife will be joined by a number of family and friends in Santa Anita’s Eddie Logan Suite on Belmont Day. Named for the track’s iconic shoeshine attendant who toiled at The Great Race Place from its opening on Dec. 25, 1934, until his passing at age 98 in January, 2009, the luxurious betting and viewing area is located just off the Club House turn.
“We have two daughters, a son, four sisters, their husbands, nieces, nephews, and we’ve got a lot of friends coming from our church. I hope there’s room!!”
And here’s hoping the Espinoza’s and their entourage have a million reasons to celebrate on June 7.