Mexican Born Jockey Wins Kentucky Derby & Preakness 2012

Mario Gutierrez (born c. 1987 in Veracruz, Mexico) is a Mexican born Canadian Thoroughbred horse racing jockey who won the 2012Santa Anita,  Kentucky Derbys, and Preakness aboard I’ll Have Another, a colt . The son of a jockey, Gutierrez rode Quarter Horses in his native Veracruz and in Mexico City beginning at age 14. In 2006 he emigrated to Canada where he began riding at Hastings Racecourse in Vancouver, British Columbia, and where he won riding titles in 2007 and 2008.

According to the Washington Post, as a child, Gutierrez saw his father ride match races in Veracruz, which sparked his interest in being a jockey. Having reached the pinnacle of his sport by winning the Derby, he wants to keep going.

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