FARMINGTON, N.Y. (WROC) — A local jockey who started his career at Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack, will be competing in the 148th running of the Kentucky Derby Saturday.

Farmington native and Victor grad Reylu Gutierrez will race on Barber Road in the $3 million Run for the Roses on Saturday, May 7. This will be Gutierrez’s second time competing in a Triple Crown race, but this is his first time competing in the Kentucky Derby. He previously raced in the 2020 Belmont Stakes.

Gutierrez knows it’s all business on Saturday, but he anticipates taking a few moments to appreciate where he is.

“When we’re walking out from the jockey’s room to the paddock, I know that will be really special to me,” he said. “When I get on the horse and I hear My Kentucky Home, that’ll be extremely special to me. But after that, it’s race time. You’ve got to do what you’ve got to do. But after the race, I’m sure that will really kick in that I was able to ride in the Kentucky Derby.”

Gutierrez grew up with thoroughbred racing at Finger Lakes helping his father, Luis, a current FLGR trainer. Reylu began racing in 2017 and won his first victory at FLGR that year. He continued his apprentice year in 2018 and was a finalist for an Eclipse Award as Top Apprentice Rider in the nation.

At the Belmont, his friends and family were unable to attend the race due to COVID. He has his full support staff with him this time to help him celebrate another major moment in his career.

“You look back and you think on those moments of frustration, those moments of happiness and you say look where I am today and I didn’t think I would be here at so-and-so time,” said Gutierrez. “I’m sure in the future, you know, peaks and valleys, but you’ve got to keep pushing and grind through it. You remember a lot of people along the way who helped you get to where you are now, people that you’re yet to meet who will help you to get to other places. It’s really rewarding but there’s a lot of hard work to be done.”

Gutierrez has already had 441 wins during his short career.

Barber Road finished second in the Arkansas derby under Gutierrez to qualify for the event.

Gutierrez has a mount in the Kentucky Oaks Friday for the top three-year-old fillies and he will be in the irons of Hidden Connection for trainer Bret Calhoun.

Gutierrez is set to return to his home track to ride Tuesday. He is listed to ride Super Twenty Seven in the second race.

Officials from Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack say that fans can watch and wager on both the Kentucky Oaks and the Kentucky Derby at their establishment while simulcast wagering is available daily.

Simulcast viewing of the event begins at 10:15 a.m. Friday and 10:30 a.m. Saturday.