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Hollywood Park: Gutierrez plans to ride at Hastings this summer
Jockey Mario Gutierrez, who rose to national prominence after winning the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes with I’ll Have Another, said Sunday that he plans to ride sparingly, if at all, during Del Mar.
Gutierrez said he will ride at Hastings Park, with occasional trips to Emerald Downs.
Gutierrez expressed frustration at his lower number of mounts in recent weeks. He traveled on the weeks of the Triple Crown, but has been based at Hollywood Park in the last month.
“I only ride a couple of horses every day,” he said before the races Sunday.
Through Sunday, Gutierrez had won six races from 70 mounts at the current meeting, which began on April 26. By comparison, leading rider Rafael Bejarano had won 70 races from 231 mounts.
Gutierrez said he could ride stakes at Del Mar, if asked. Of his six wins at the current spring-summer meeting, two have been stakes on Quiet Oasis – the Grade 3 Wilshire Handicap in April and the Grade 2 Royal Heroine Stakes on Saturday.
Quiet Oasis is owned by Paul and Zillah Reddam who raced the now-retired I’ll Have Another. Doug O’Neill, who trained I’ll Have Another, said he wants Gutierrez at Del Mar.
“Paul and I are going to strongly urge Mario to stay,” O’Neill said on Sunday evening.
According to Hastings-based owner Glenn Todd, for whom Gutierrez rode first call at Hastings, Gutierrez has several stakes mounts lined up at Northlands Park, Hastings, and Emerald Downs this summer. He is scheduled to ride Regal Betty for trainer John Sadler in the $50,000 Kent Handicap for 3-year-old fillies at Emerald Downs Sunday; Commander Todd in the $50,000 Spangled Jimmy at Northlands July 21; St Liams Halo in the $50,000 Mt. Rainier Handicap July 22 at Emerald; and either St Liams Halo or Taylor Said in the Grade 3, $200,000 Longacres Mile at Emerald Aug. 19. Gutierrez also will ride at Hastings on B.C. Cup Day, Aug. 6.
A native of Mexico, Gutierrez, 25, began riding in Southern California last fall, having become one of the leading riders at Hastings Park in recent years. He said he may follow a similar schedule this year.
“I’ll be back, hopefully, for September for the Santa Anita meeting,” he said.
– additional reporting by Randy Goulding
I guess hed rather be a big fish in a small pond is correct. I guess if he had stayed here he wouldve had to pay his dues here. It wouldve taken him awhile to make it here maybe a few years. But maybe hes use to more wins than loses i guess. You know it takes time to make it here in so.cal. for example, martin garcia was a success when he first came here and then declined for a couple of years but baffert put him on winners and got successful again. Now garcia is a go to rider in so.cal again. Chantal sutherland is an example of juggling back and forth. When she first came onto the scene in so.cal she did well but had to make a descion at the time to either go to woodbine in canada or stay in so.cal. she chose to stay here. For a couple years she juggled woodbine and california until joining so.cal full time last year. It wouldve tooken her awhile to make it here if she had stood here full time in the first place. By now she wouldve probably been a top 5 rider. However since she has a modeling career going on right now and her business is slow right now. It appears the trainers she rides for dont really think she takes her riding career seriously. If she quits her modeling career and focuses on riding then she should have more success than what shes getting.
Vancouver is Mario's home, he feels comfortable at Hastings. Besides, his main benefactor at Hollywood right now will not have horses racing again until Santa Anita. Mario will be back for Santa Anita racing. It's going to take time for Mario to catch on, be a top go-to jockey for trainers/owners, and to get the mount on the better horses. A powerful agent helps in that. Mario's win Saturday on Quiet Oasis in the Grade 2 Royal Heroine was a very good one. Going back to Vancouver is always therapeutic for Mario. I wish him good luck at Hastings, Emerald Downs and when he returns to Santa Anita.
John, Bob, Anonymous ! Forgive me if I dont agree with you Sir ! I love smoking cuban, never bet on dog races and not interested in publishing either. I rather use that doe on betting exotics and straight long shots. With my winnings I travel, fish, and bet online as I go all over world. Again, I appreciate your call.
perhaps Woodbine would be the best place for Mario?
This kid has got a lot of potential. I think he should go to the east coast to race. Going back to Hastings or staying in California is not good for his career. There are too many jockeys and not enough horses in California. All he needs is a good agent to become a leading jockey.
Good God Mario, go east! Ride at Belmont or Monmouth Park, all the good jockies are going there. You'd pick up valuable experience in that crowd of jockies. Or try Saratoga. Move around, make use of your fame. Maybe a race or two in Britain or France. Be a guest star.
It doesn't take genius to ride the best horse. If all you complainers remember that - you would win more often at the track.
Mario should give ron anderson a call before returning to Hastings. he's only got one rider an maybe he can take another. THEN WILL SEE HOW GOOD A AGENT HE REALLY IS.
reddam not only is a GREEDY B***RD,! he also stole a chance for a TRUE UNDERDOG to have a shot at GREATNESS!!!
Mario is just another victim in the whole IHA deal for Reddam. Its like the poor horse never made it to Belmont with the Derby or Preakness win already in his saddle. No wonder horseracing is a dying sport. Everybody is treated badly, especially the horse.
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