The third time wasn’t the charm for former South Surrey jockey Mario Gutierrez last weekend, as the two-time Kentucky Derby winner wasn’t able to win a third.
Riding horse Irap, the 30-year-old Gutierrez – who lived in South Surrey while racing at Hastings Park for horse-owner Glen Todd – finished 18th out of a 20-rider field Saturday at the Churchill Downs race.
It was Gutierrez’s third time competing at the Derby, but his time outside of the winner’s circle. In his previous two races – in 2012 aboard I’ll Have Another and last year, riding Nyqvist – he placed first. Saturday’s Kentucky Derby – which was said to be the most wide-open derby in years, with no clear favourite – was won by Always Dreaming.
– Nick Greenizan