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Santa Anita might abolish the use of whips by jockeys

LOS ANGELES - It was four years ago that American Pharoah made horse racing the biggest story in sports, if only for one weekend, when he became the first horse to win the Triple Crown in nearly four decades.

It was an accomplishment that never would have been realized had he not won the first of those races, the Kentucky Derby. And that victory may have never happened had jockey Victor Espinoza not used his riding crop - the more genteel name for a whip - at least 30 times on the horse down

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