May 19, 2012, 6:17 PM
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This is just such a fun story.
Mario Gutierrez, a "previously unknown" (U.S. Media spin, maybe) Mexican Jockey is poised to win the Trip Crown of Horse Racing. From a Reuters article:
(Reuters) - Mario Gutierrez gazed over the large group of reporters at the Pimlico stables, nervously grabbing the microphone to discuss the Preakness Stakes.
The 25-year-old Mexican, the new hotshot jockey in the sport of kings, spoke cautiously, exposing a case of jitters he never displays on the track.
"It's new, that's for sure," Gutierrez said, offering a brief smile, when a reporter asked if his new celebrity status might be a little overwhelming.
Gutierrez rode I'll Have Another to a stirring victory in the Kentucky Derby two weeks ago and will try for an encore against 10 rivals in Saturday's $1 million Preakness.
And today, after having been a surprise winner in the Kentucky Derby, he and the horse "I'll Have Another" raced again at the Preakness. It was thrilling. And just in case that's not enough, I'm told the horse is Canadian owned, has trained in the U.S.A., and is now being led to glory by Gutierrez.
The pre-Preakness Reuters story:
The not-to-be-missed Preakness video today:
(This post was edited by tashby on May 19, 2012, 7:10 PM)