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He's also become an international star, stirring interest in racing in his adopted home of Vancouver, his actual home of Mexico and, of course, here.
According to I'll Have Another owner Paul Reddam, who phoned Gutierrez yesterday to tell him the news, the rider was stunned when he heard he wouldn't ride for the Triple Crown. But today, Gutierrez said he took the scratch in stride.
"This is horse racing," he said. "[Having horses scratch] always happens. It's just that this is a big race and everybody has been paying so much attention."
Gutierrez has believed in I'll Have Another from the first day he ever worked him out -- he immediately made calls to confidants saying, "This is the one," -- and that has not changed