Cauthen Compares Affirmed, I’ll Have Another | BloodHorse.com
Steve Cauthen sees comparisons between Affirmed, the colt he rode to the 1978 Triple Crown as a fresh-faced 18-year-old youngster, and I’ll Have Another, poised to become the first 3-year-old to do it since.
Cauthen, known at the time as “The Kid,” can also relate what to the “new-kid-on-the-block” Mario Gutierrez is going through after guiding I’ll Have Another to close wins over Bodemeister in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and the Preakness Stakes (gr. I).
“I guess I’m having a flashback,” Cauthen told The Associated Press May 20 from his breeding farm in Verona, Ky. “He’s a new kid on the block like I was. The kid’s got a great attitude and a great smile. And, like me, he’s been put in a position to ride in these kinds of races and a shot at maybe winning the Triple Crown. And the trainer and owner (Doug O’Neill and Paul Reddam) have confidence in him.”