08/31/2012 4:53PM

Del Mar notes: Gutierrez back on local scene

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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.