07/02/2012 8:02PM

Hastings: Gutierrez takes Chris Loseth aboard Devil in Disguise

Barbara D. Livingston
"Vancouver will always be home for me," said Mario Gutierrez after winning the Chris Loseth aboard Devil in Disguise.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Mario Gutierrez received a hero’s welcome at Hastings after winning the $50,000 Chris Loseth for 3-year-olds aboard Devil in Disguise Monday.

Gutierrez was based here before becoming internationally famous as the rider of Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner I’ll Have Another.

Devil in Disguise paid $4.50 as the second choice behind his stablemate Taylors Deal.

“I couldn’t get here fast enough,” said Gutierrez. “Vancouver will always be home to me.”

Gutierrez had Devil in Disguise in a stalking position behind The Gov and Taylors Deal, who were walking through very slow fractions of 25.06 and 50.06 in the 1 1/16-mile race, contested over a sloppy track. He went three wide around the first turn but moved Devil in Disguise to the rail going around the second turn. When The Gov drifted a bit on the stretch turn, Devil in Disguise slipped through along the rail. Heading into the stretch he held a head advantage over Taylors Deal, who had gone three wide around the turn.

Under strong urging from Gutierrez, Devil in Disguise increased his margin to 1 1/4  lengths at the wire. Taylors Deal finished a length in front of The Gov, who was third.

“I didn’t want to be wide like I usually am,” said Gutierrez. “When the rail opened up I asked him to go and he didn’t hesitate.”

Final time for the race was 1:44.57.

Devil in Disguise is trained by Troy Taylor and owned by Glen Todd.

Taylor and Todd also teamed up to win the $50,000 Lieutenant Governors’  for 3-year-olds and up with Taylor Said, who paid $3.80 as the heavy favorite in seven-horse field.

Taylor Said was ridden by Fernando Perez, who had the 4-year-old gelding involved right from the start. The 47-1 longshot Three Wood rallied to finish second. Senor Rojo finished third in the 1 1/16-mile race.

St Liams Halo, ridden by Gutierrez, pressed the early pace before tiring to finish fourth.

The final time was 1:43.63.

Following the race, Todd said Taylor Said would likely be pointed to the Grade 3, $200,000 Longacres Mile, which will be held at Emerald Downs on Aug. 19.