Without a doubt one of the most popular jockeys ever to ride at Hastings Racecourse – Mario Gutierrez – returns from southern California for the Victoria Day Monday races at Hastings. His mentor Glen Todd has Mario on four mounts for Troy Taylor, including Taylors Deal in the $50,000 John Longden 6000 and Castinette Dancer in the $50,000 Strawberry Morn.

Earlier on the nine-race Holiday card, Gutierrez will ride Champagne Gal in the 4th and Lord Gallovic in the 5th. Hastings fans don’t have to be reminded how Mario put Vancouver on the international thoroughbred racing map with his stunning 2012 victories on I’ll Have Another in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.