We can watch yesterday's 138th running of the Kentucky Derby all day for the very simple reason that the underdog won. I'll Have Another, who entered the race as a 15-1 favorite, overtook the heavily favored Bodemeister in the race's final stretch for the win. By the way, no horse in the history of the Derby ever won from post 19, and I'll Have Another was sold for $11,000 when it was a colt. It was also the first Derby win for Mexican jockey Mario Gutiérrez, whose inspirational story and his genuine post-race joy was what made the story for us.
Gutiérrez started his career in Mexico City 7 years ago and he literally worked his way up to racing's premier event. Now, he is a Derby winner, and his tears of happiness once he realized his accomplishment was true moment of humanity. Like Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, who rode Bodemeister, said about Gutiérrez:
“You know what, when you speak to him, there is nothing phony about this kid,” Smith said. “Probably one of the nicest kids you will meet. He is the kind of guy you root for. When I realized it was going to be him that was going to beat me, I was hoping no one would pass him. He’s that kind of guy. He’s a genuine, nice, good person. They’ll know him now, and you’ve not seen the best of him.”
We agree. ¡Viva Mario! ¡Viva I'll Have Another! ¡Viva México!