ROCHESTER, N.Y. — After an incredible Kentucky Derby, a local jockey is back home where it all began.
Rey Gutierrez was back at the Finger Lakes Gaming and Race Track in Farmington on Tuesday.
A Victor native, Gutierrez grew up helping his dad, a trainer there, take care of horses. He started racing after graduating college and, in the last four years, has won almost 500 races across the country.
Gutierrez rode Barber Road at the Kentucky Derby. At 30-1 odds to win, the horse finished in sixth place.
"It's something we had dreamed of, my father and I we would sit right down the road and right here to talk about it as a dream, but it seemed very distant being from here just something maybe in another life we'd talk about, but we did it,” Gutierrez said. “Now we just hope to be there every year amongst the celebrities, amongst the elite. It was such an honor to be there but now we have the foundation to be there every year."
Gutierrez will head back to Kentucky to prepare for the other two legs of horse racing's Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes.