The horse at the center of the sports universe, I'll Have Another, will try to become the 12th Triple Crown winner and end a 34-year drought, the longest since Sir Barton first won the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes  in 1919.
I’ll Have Another is ridden by Mario Gutierrez , a once minor league and mostly unknown Jockey from Mexico. The son of a jockey, Gutierrez rode Quarter Horses in his native El Higo, Veracruz and in Mexico City beginning at age 14. He later moved to Canada in 2006 where he rode at Hastings Racecourse in Vancouver, British Columbia, and where he won riding titles in 2007 and 2008. To date, Gutierrez has amassed over 660 wins in his short career.
Mario Gutierrez has shown an uncanny ability to ride I'll Have Another, a horse many labeled a long shot in every race. Gutierrez received much praise for his brilliance jockeying at the Kentucky Derby, as he timed his charge on Bodemeister — who will not be running the Belmont Stakes. At the Preakness, Gutierrez again knew exactly when to move and won in a grueling duel with veteran jockey Mike Smith at the end.
The Belmont States is long, the shape of the track unique and the dirt surface dry and deep. Which means Belmont is the perfectly tumultuous final test for I'll Have Another and his young jockey. However, just because this is a difficult race, don’t label the pair a long shot, as this team has found a way to win in the biggest races.
Following Derby debut for the 25-year-old jockey, Gutierrez described I'll Have Another as "an amazing horse," and said that "from the first time I met him, I knew he was the one."
On Saturday June 9th, the world will be watching as I’ll Have Another and this once unknown jockey will look to race their way into sports history.