Victor Espinoza will take his record third shot at the Triple Crown on Saturday — and sources tell us he has a good-luck charm, leggy 19-year-old equestrian beauty Kelly Kovalchick.
Spies told Page Six that 5-foot-2 jockey Espinoza, 43, was with stunning blonde, 5-foot-7 Kovalchick, at a Monday event at KTCHN restaurant.
“There was no question they were together,” a source said, adding that Espinoza was overheard saying Kelly “brings him luck.” Guests also included racing-syndicate owner Sheila Rosenblum, Elaine Sargent and Altaneve vintner David Noto.
Kelly was also with Espinoza the night before he won the Kentucky Derby in May — they were photographed together on the red carpet at the Unbridled Eve Gala, where the stunner towered above champion Espinoza.
College student Kovalchick was at the Preakness Stakes, too, last month, where she posed for a pic with the winning Espinoza at a restaurant.
Multiple sources told us Espinoza and Kovalchick — a Pennsylvania native who competes on the equestrian circuit with her own horse, Sky — first met at the Preakness in 2014, where Espinoza won on California Chrome.
But despite the 24-year age gap, we are told they began seeing each other in October after meeting again at the Breeders’ Cup in Santa Anita, Calif., where single Espinoza lives. “She’s been visiting him in California,” a source said, calling Kelly “his girlfriend.” “She’s been hanging out there with him.”
Victor’s agent Brian Beach played down any romance, saying Kelly’s “just a friend of a friend who loves California Chrome and American Pharoah. She shows up to the races and is just an acquaintance. There are a lot of horse lovers out there who end up following the horses and the jockeys. And Victor is a very nice guy.”
But the pair appears pretty well-acquainted on Instagram, in cozy pictures together and interacting since 2014.
Either way, will Kelly’s luck continue for Victor? She was with him at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Tuesday — and will be at Saturday’s Belmont Stakes.