Mario Gutierrez, the winning jockey of last Saturday’s 138th Kentucky Derby, threw out yesterday’s ceremonial first pitch. Veracruz, Mexico native Gutierrez, based at Santa Anita Park in nearby Arcadia, made his Kentucky Derby debut and rode I’ll Have Another to win by 1 1-2 lengths. I’ll Have Another beat 15-1 odds to win the Derby, marking Gutierrez’s first ride at Churchill Downs and first win on board I’ll Have Another.
The Dodgers paid tribute to Mario’s accomplishment with a pregame video and Dodger legend Fernando Valenzuela met Mario and congratulated him. Mario also officially started the game by saying “It’s time for Dodgers Baseball.” He then spent an inning on-air with the Dodgers’ Spanish-language broadcast team – Hall of Famer Jaime Jarrín, Pepe Yñiguez and Valenzuela. He sat in the Dodgers Dugout Club and watched the Dodgers win versus San Francisco (6-2).
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