Hastings Racecourse alumnus Mario Gutierrez rides I'll Have Another to Preakness win
Super Mario has done it again. The pride of Hastings Racecourse, Mario Gutierrez, has ridden I'll Have Another to victory in the Preakness Stakes.
In a photo finish, the Vancouver jockey took I'll Have Another from three lengths behind to pass Bodemeister at the Pimlico Racecourse in Baltimore.
It was the second jewel of horseracing's Triple Crown. Gutierrez—who came into his own as a jockey in Vancouver—also rode I'll Have Another to the winner's circle in the Kentucky Derby two weeks ago.
Only 11 horses have won the Triple Crown, the last being Affirmed in 1978.
I'll Have Another will have a chance to become the 12th at the Belmont Stakes on June 9 in Elmont, New York.
The horse is owned by J. Paul Reddam of Windsor, Ontario.
Mario Gutierez does it again.
Born in Veracruz, Mexico, Gutierrez immigrated to Vancouver in 2006. Not long after, he became a star jockey at Hastings Racecourse.
In 2012, he rode I'll Have Another to two victories at California's famed Santa Anita Park.
Gutierrez is beloved by his friends at Hastings Racecourse, who appreciate his humility and his willingness to credit the track for giving him a chance to break into horseracing history.
After winning the Kentucky Derby, he returned to Hastings Racecourse for three days.
"It was awesome. I really wanted to be there," he told reporters before the Preakness. "I feel like I'm home when I'm in Vancouver. So I really wanted to go back and see those people. They're really important in my life, and I think I owe them a lot."
Mario Gutierrez wouldn't reveal his strategy before the race.
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