Apprentice Reylu Gutierrez Moves Tack To Mid-Atlantic

Five-pound apprentice jockey Reylu Gutierrez, a 22-year-old native of Rochester, N.Y., has moved his tack to the Mid-Atlantic and is named to ride Donald Barr-trained Holiday Hopes in Friday’s ninth race at Laurel.

Holiday Hopes, a 4-year-old Harlan’s Holiday filly owned by Walter Vieser II, is coming off an 8 ½-length victory in a one-mile, off-the-turf maiden special weight Aug. 2 at Laurel. She drew Post 2 in a field of 13.

Gutierrez has won 65 races and more than $1.6 million in purse earnings from 593 starters since launching his career last fall at Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack in Farmington, N.Y., about a half-hour drive from his hometown.

He delayed his riding career to attend Cortland State University in Cortland, N.Y., two hours from Rochester, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology. The son of trainer Luis Gutierrez and nephew of jockey Jose Gutierrez, he won his first race Nov. 2, 2017 at Finger Lakes aboard Occhio Della Tigre, trained by his father.

Gutierrez ranked sixth in wins (35) and purses earned ($788,528) at Gulfstream Park’s spring meet that ran April 4 to June 30 and was tied for sixth with 23 wins, ranking in the top 10 with $644,404 in purse earnings at Gulfstream’s summer stand which began July 1 and runs through Sept. 30.

On April 28, Gutierrez won his first career stakes race with Calumet Farm’s $32 longshot Susie Bee in the Power Break over the Gulfstream turf for trainer Mike Maker.

“Just growing up around horses my whole life, I learned to work hard. My parents always instilled that in me,” Gutierrez said. “I would drive home weekends from college and told them I wanted to be a jockey. They said, ‘You’ve got to bring us your four-year degree, then we’ll push you to reach your dreams.’ I’m very thankful for that.”

Gutierrez is named in two races both Saturday and Sunday at Delaware Park.

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