07/02/2012 8:02PM

Hastings: Gutierrez takes Chris Loseth aboard Devil in Disguise

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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.