I'll Have Another ridden by Mario Gutierrez (L) beats Bodemeister ridden by Mike E. Smith at the finish line to win the 137th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 19, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland.
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PHOENIX - When it comes to Kentucky Derby fame, the horses get most of the glory.
That’s the problem faced by Mario Gutierrez, the jockey for last year’s Preakness and Kentucky Derby winner I’ll Have Another.
Just a year after the victory, Gutierrez will only participate in this year’s Kentucky Derby as a spectator, Yahoo News reports.
The 139th Kentucky Derby takes place Saturday at Churchill Downs Racecourse in Louisville, Kentucky.
Orb has been named the favorite with 7- 2 odds. Goldencents, trained by I’ll Have Another’s Doug O’Neill, is at 5-1 odds.
Gutierrez will race earlier in the day, but he won’t be riding in the main event. Although he hasn’t had any major victories since last year’s upset, Gutierrez said he’s proud of his accomplishments.
“When people ask who won the Kentucky Derby in 2012, my name will be right there,” he told Yahoo News. “I can always say I went there for the first time and won.”
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