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“Mario Madness” continues at Hastings

May 18, 2012     E-mail this page to a friend!

Mario Gutierrez, at Hastings Racecourse in 2011
(photo by Robert Cooke, Jr.)
The local chapter of the ever-growing Mario Gutierrez Fan Club will reconvene in large numbers at Hastings Racecourse on Saturday afternoon with the 137th running of the Preakness Stakes from Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.

Fans will be able to watch Mario via simulcast go for the second jewel of the Triple Crown on the jumbo 40-foot screen installed in the infield at Hastings as well as hundreds of television sets located throughout the grounds. Preakness post time if 3:18 p.m. Pacific Time and runs between races three and four of the local live racing card.

While supplies last, early arrivals at Hastings on Saturday will receive a free Go Mario Go t-shirt by presenting a special coupon in the official live racing program. The giveaway begins at 12:30 p.m. in front of the winner’s circle on the tarmac.

Raj Mutti, Regional General Manager, BC Racing, expectd another large crowd at Hastings on Saturday, comparable to the estimated 8,000 fans who showed up to watch Mario win the Kentucky Derby on May 5 aboard I’ll Have Another.

“The media exposure his Derby win created has been a major plus for Hastings,” Mutti says. “It seems the entire city will be riding with Mario in the Preakness.”

After spending three days in Vancouver last week, Gutierrez arrived at Pimlico on Thursday just in time to ride two winners in preparation for Saturday’s historic race.

I’ll Have Another is the second choice at 5-to-2 on the morning line behind favorite Bodemeister at 8-to-5. I’ll Have Another beat Bodemeister by 1˝ lengths in the Derby with a perfect trip under Gutierrez, who became the first jockey in racing history to win the Kentucky Derby from the 19 post. I’ll Have Another has drawn the #9 post for the Preakness.