The jockey who won two Triple Crown races this year will ride five races.
Mario Gutierrez, the jockey who rode I’ll Have Another to victories this spring in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, will ride in five races Sunday at Emerald Downs in Auburn.
Gutierrez, 25, will ride in the Seattle Slew Handicap and Kent Handicap. He will also autograph posters in the paddock from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
The last jockey to ride at Emerald Downs the same year he won the Kentucky Derby was Gary Stevens, in 1997. Stevens finished second on Hesabull in the Longacres Mile. Stevens rode Silver Charm to victories in the 1997 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.
I’ll Have Another was scratched from the Belmont with a tendon injury the day before the race, denying Gutierrez a shot at the Triple Crown.
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Gutierrez, the leading rider a year ago at Hastings Racecourse in Vancouver, B.C., won the 2012 ESPY on Tuesday for best jockey.
Gutierrez grew up in Veracruz, on the Gulf of Mexico, the son of a jockey. He rode match races at age 14.
“Mario is the nicest young man I’ve worked for in my 60 years as a jockeys’ agent,” veteran agent Ivan Puhich said. “He’s just a humble, modest kid who’s always smiling. Some jockeys, they win a few races, and it’s like they’re Eddie Arcaro.”
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