It doesn’t matter how good of a seat you have at a racetrack, you don’t get to be there on the track when the winner crosses that line. Nor do you get to be there right after the race. But there are a few lucky people whose job actually gives them that chance.
Miguel Gutierrez is a New York Racing Association (NYRA) Outrider whose job (among many other duties) includes meeting the racers after they cross the line.
Gutierrez was there when American Pharaoh made history by winning the Belmont Stakes, becoming the 12th horse to conquer the Triple Crown. Even better, Gutierrez filmed it all from a GoPro camera, giving us all a rare look of American Pharaoh’s amazing race.
The video shows the beginning of the race, giving us the best seat in the house for the break away:
And then, by far the best part, seeing jockey Victor Espinoza share his excitement with the first person to speak to him after crossing the finish line, Gutierrez himself:
Watch the full video below, it’s an amazing behind-the-scene look at horse racing:
It’s so cool to see Espinoza’s immediate reaction. What an amazing horse! It doesn’t matter how many times I see him, I still get teary-eyed… how about you?