06/03/2012 6:34PM

Belmont: Gutierrez to test out Belmont Stakes route in Brooklyn Handicap on Friday


Mario Gutierrez was named to ride five horses on Friday at Belmont Park, the day before he will attempt to complete racing’s first Triple Crown in 34 years on I’ll Have Another in the Belmont Stakes. The mounts represent the first time Gutierrez will ride races on the uniquely configured 1 1/2-mile oval at Belmont.

Among the horses he was named to ride was Boxeur des Rues in the Grade 2, $200,000 Brooklyn Handicap, run at the same 1 1/2-mile distance as the Belmont Stakes. Boxeur des Rues drew post 10 in a 12-horse field for the Brooklyn. The Brooklyn is the first leg of a daily double wager that links to Saturday’s Belmont Stakes.

Gutierrez, who is scheduled to arrive in New York on Monday, was also named to ride Lignite in a five-furlong maiden race for 2-year-old fillies; Amber Coast in a six-furlong race for 3-year-olds and up; Sky Humor in a seven-furlong maiden claiming turf race; and Nuffsaid Nuffsaid, who is a main-track-only entrant in race scheduled for the turf.

The Brooklyn will go as the final race on a 10-race program that also includes the Grade 3, $150,000 Jaipur for fillies and mares at seven furlongs on the turf.

Like I’ll Have Another, Boxeur des Rues is owned by Paul Reddam and trained by Doug O’Neill. In his only dirt start, Boxeur des Rues finished sixth behind Ron the Greek in the Santa Anita Handicap on March 3. Since then, he has finished next-to-last in both the Grade 1 Turf Classic at Churchill Downs and Grade 2 Dixie at Pimlico.

Earlier this week, O’Neill said Boxeur des Res had an issue with his right front foot, but has since had the shoe cut down to three-quarters and the horse seems to have responded favorably in his training.

The field drawn for the Brooklyn includes last year’s winner, Birdrun, who drew post 4, and the 2009 winner, Eldaafer, who drew post 5.

Others entered were Hailstone, Not Abroad, Eye on Jacob, Golden Gulch, Praetereo, Arthur’s Tale, Balladry, Redeemed and Kentucky Reign.

Arthur’s Tale and Balladry will run as a coupled entry as both are owned by Darley Stable.

Right One and Yield Bogey, the one-two finishers in last year’s Jaipur - when the race was run in July - head the eight-horse field entered for this year’s renewal of the Jaipur.

Right One, trained by Christophe Clement, comes off a third-place finish in the Grade 2 Commonwealth in April. Yield Bogey, trained by Pat Kelly, has not run since finishing last in the Grade 1 Nearctic at Woodbine last October.

Others entered for the Jaipur, scheduled for seven furlongs on the Widener turf, are Leave of Absence, Boots Ahead, Upgrade, Shintoh, Bergerac and Senor Dehere.  Ponzi Scheme is entered for the main track only.

Cookie Smith More than 1 year ago
i'm surprised NYRA is allowing this...
JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
I'm happy Mario has had an excellent visit with his second family in Canada, which has left him in a good place as he arrives in New York to prepare for the Belmont Stakes. It is wonderful that he has some mounts lined up that will give him experience over the track in the coming week. It is also an excellent idea to have him mount up in a race that is exactly the length the Belmont is, at a mile and a half. I'm sure Boxeur des Rues will enjoy being ridden by Mario, just as I'll Have Another enjoys being piloted by Mario. My best wishes to you for your continued good fortune, happiness and excellent health, Mario. May your week at Belmont Park this week be a very beneficial and triumphant one!
Eric Singer More than 1 year ago
the great thing about Mario for Belmont is he is patient. unlike Desormeaux or Elliot he will not move IHA too soon. he will wait and the horse, will simply outrun what's left. of the two I prefer Dullahan to the Rag man - we shall see. let the drought be over!
Dean More than 1 year ago
LOL...you are comparing hall of famer in KDesormeaux to Mario...come on now. Any informed handicapper would rather have Kent esp at Belmont. As far as accomplished riders I think Elliot is more polished then Mario too.. Being to patient is not always a positive in routes. I still can't believe real quiet lost that race(photo) only horse gaining on him was well bred winner.
Mark Scheider More than 1 year ago
Would you rather have Magic Johnson NOW or Kevin Durant? Mario's career, whether you like it or not has just EXPLODED. Just watch for his mounts in the coming weeks. Im almost willing to say that Baffert wants to give him a mount or two.
Dean More than 1 year ago
you got to be kiddin...Nothing against him as I had him in my oaks/derby double for over 600 bucks but believe me he is not on old silvers short list of Jockeys he wants to give a leg up to. Have you watched him ride at Betfair and SA he is average average at best. Maybe in 5 years and at least 1000 mounts at major track if he is hitting at 20% then start the talk but last I checked he was a 10% rider with the big boys. Mario is nice guy but way to inexpirenced to be put in hall of fame today...He will never crack top 5 at SO Cal Circuit and believe me if Redman did not insist on putting him up Doug would have used one of his Regs. Very nice horse with average at best jockey!
Ange More than 1 year ago
Yes, he's got low stats with the big boys, but that's because he's new to them, he's not getting the kind of horses to ride that he was getting here at Hastings. Now that he's stepped it up, hopefully the good horses in the big leagues will start coming and his stats will climb again. Go Mario Go! And I'll Have Another, too!
Chris Szabo More than 1 year ago
Dean, clearly you haven't been watching Super Mario ride all these years at Hastings and elsewhere. I have. He's brought in more winners than many jockeys, and has shown dozens and dozens of times he knows how get the most out of the horses he's given. Your comments are disappointing but not surprising, representative of a large percentage of bettors who refuse to acknowledge good quality, even when it continues to beat them at the windows. Regardless of how IHA & Mario do in the Belmont, it won't change the facts: Mario has already proven his merit many times over, and he doesn't go around slamming other people's ability. So I will remain a fan.
Grass Is Greener More than 1 year ago
except Mario is not Kevin Durant. He's like Steve Novak of the New York Knicks. I'd rather have Magic Johnson to be honest. He'll sell some tickets and we can use him to spell both Carmelo or Amare.
Dean More than 1 year ago
i have watched him plenty at So, Cal plus at the bullring he rides in Canada. IHA was one of three horses I had in back in of oaks/derby double for 6 bucks and I thank the horse trainer and dream trip for the 1800+...That said Mario is a "C" rider at best and anyone thinking he is more is either a homer or has not watched many races...att least 10 better jocks in SO. Cal circuit alone...Put Martin Pedrosa or Eswan Flores or Jose Valdiva or Delgaidilio or Sutherland or any other "C+" jock get same resulkts now imagine putting a Rosario Smith Nakatani or Talamo or Bejarano on him...Hastings is a "F" track any C jock from states that can ride a bull ring is top 3 jock if they moved tack there..Good luck to Mario you are a nice guy but 10% boy in the big leagues
ECarlos727 More than 1 year ago
No one see's this???? Same owner same jockey, that horse is entered just to give Mario the race. NO way that horse hits the board. Good move by Redman though.
Kalar Walters More than 1 year ago
I agree about the 'good move.' Excellent way to get familiar with the track. Safe trip for all!
Grass Is Greener More than 1 year ago
Are you kidding? Boxeur des Rues has the 2nd highest Distance Tomlinson for the 12f distance, in fact the same number as I'll Have Another. And he's by Smart Strike which means he will take to dirt, in fact his top BSF of 90 was earned in his only dirt start going 10f. The horse with the highest Distance Tomlinson in that race doesn't have the speed figure nor the class to compete with Boxer. He won't be my pick but I won't be shocked if he wins.
george More than 1 year ago
To think Mario had never rode at pim or Churchill downs before, may the mouths of the lions at the Belmont be shut!!!
Brian Sandoval More than 1 year ago
he wont two race am PIM before the preakness
littlelouis99 More than 1 year ago
good to see mario in hasting's park winners circle today,his canadian pop runs 1-2 in the in the sir winston churchill stake,he's chillin' and willin' to shush the naysayers, especially 'GET BENT KENT" desourmeaux.go on with it mario,andale'
OwenJ More than 1 year ago
Let's hope Guiterrez does not get hurt or gets 'accidentally' bounced off one of his five mounts Friday.
George Mayo More than 1 year ago
Kalar Walters More than 1 year ago
Oh I totally concur! Please let him be safe! For that matter, same sentiments to all the jockeys AND horses.
Mark Scheider More than 1 year ago
Heres an interesting angle. Who gets the mount if anything was to happen to Mario before the race? Im going to say R. Dominguez. Im sure most will agree given his career and success at Belmont.
ECarlos727 More than 1 year ago
That's cake, the mount goes to Gomez. California's big race rider!!(as of now after Mario)
Grass Is Greener More than 1 year ago
Joel Rosario, definite! Already inked.
Grass Is Greener More than 1 year ago
No worries, if Mario gets hurt they'll just pick up Dominguez, Maragh or Rosario and either one will bring home the triple crown just fine.