Cauthen on Gutierrez: He’s not enthralled with the limelight, he wants to ride races
Former jockey Steve Cauthen, who is most remembered for guiding Affirmed to the last Triple Crown in 1978, has kept a hands off approach with I’ll Have Another’s jockey Mario Gutierrez. But that doesn’t mean he won’t weigh in on the 25-year-old’s approach.
“It’s a long three weeks,” Cauthen said. “People are always saying, ‘are you worried about this, are you worried about that,’ putting negative thoughts in your head. But I think he’s got the right mentality. He says ‘I’m lucky to be here, I’m going to take it as it comes, I’m going to give 100 percent, I know my horse will give 100 percent. If it happens it happens.’ I think that’s a good attitude to have.
“He’s not enthralled with the limelight, he wants to ride races,” Cauthen added. “I felt the same way. I want to do my job. I want to do it the best I can.”