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Mario Gutierrez Biography
Mario Gutierrez was born in1987 in Veracruz, Mexico and is a Mexicanborn Canadian Thoroughbred horse racing jockey who won the 2012 Santa Anita andKentucky Derbys aboard I'll Have Another, a colt owned by Windsor, Ontarionative J. Paul Reddam and his wife Zillah.
The son of a jockey, Gutierrez rode Quarter Horses in hisnative Veracruz and in Mexico City beginning at age 14. In 2006 he emigrated toCanada where he began riding at Hastings Racecourse in Vancouver, BritishColumbia, and where he won riding titles in 2007 and 2008.
In 2012 he rode I'll Have Another and won the February 4Robert B. Lewis Stakes at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California. The pairfollowed up with a win in the April 7 Santa Anita Derby, and on May 5, 2012, inwhat retired U.S. Racing Hall of Fame jockey and NBC race commentor Gary Stevenscalled a "masterful ride," won the Kentucky Derby.
It was the Derby debut for the 25-year-old jockey. After therace, Gutierrez described I'll Have Another as "an amazing horse,"and said that "from the first time I met him, I knew he was the one."
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