08/31/2012 5:53PM

Del Mar notes: Gutierrez back on local scene

Barbara D. Livingston
Mario Gutierrez will be riding at Del Mar this Sunday for the first time since July.

DEL MAR, Calif. - Jockey Mario Gutierrez, who rode I’ll Have Another to wins in the Santa Anita Derby, Kentucky Derby, and Preakness Stakes earlier this year, rides at Del Mar for the first time since July 28 on Sunday.

Gutierrez, who has ridden sparingly in recent weeks, has two mounts on horses owned by Paul Reddam, who raced I’ll Have Another. Gutierrez rides the 2-year-old first-time starter Hume in a maiden race and Miss Mittagong in the $85,000 Adoration Stakes.

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Hume, purchased for $250,000 at the Barretts March sale of 2-year-olds in-training, will eventually benefit from races longer than Sunday’s distance of 5 1/2 furlongs, trainer Simon Callaghan said.

“He’s the sort of horse that will go farther in the future,” Callaghan said. “This is his minimum trip.”

The maiden race, Sunday’s sixth, drew a field of 11, but will be limited to 10 starters. Goldencents, a colt by Into Mischief trained by Leandro Mora, is also well-regarded for his debut.

◗ Trainer Vann Belvoir has been fined $500 by Del Mar stewards after one of his winners at the Betfair Hollywood Park meeting in July tested in excess of the permitted level of the painkiller phenylbutazone.

The overage was found in a post-race test taken from Skinny Genes, who won the sixth race on July 7, prevailing by a nose in an optional claimer at 15-1.

John Flynn More than 1 year ago
This Young Man went from Cavier To Sawdust!!! The Reddam/O'neill connection gave the Two New Good Ones To GG!!!
Nancy Spence More than 1 year ago
Glad that Mario's back as he seems like a hard working guy. The $500 fine is a joke for testing over the permitted level. Slap on the wrist.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm glad, too!! Really hope he stays in Southern CA!
JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
I'm happy to see Mario is back in Southern California. Mr. Reddam and Doug O'Neill have both showm him loyalty in giving him good mounts, but Mario needs to stay put in one area for awhile and build some relationships, that will help his career flourish a little more.