"He impressed me. Those are the right questions," Turner said. "He's very astute and he's covering all the bases. He's taking this thing very seriously."
O'Neill added, "He gave us a lot of helpful tips on how to prepare our guy for the big one."
Cauthen will be rooting for Gutierrez to succeed. The 25-year-old jockey from Mexico is seven years older than Cauthen was when he was on racing's biggest stage 34 years ago.
"I admire his confidence and his relaxed attitude and his gratitude for the situation he's in," said Cauthen, who runs a breeding farm in Verona, Ky.
Affirmed came into the Belmont having won all six of his races as a 3-year-old. I'll Have Another is 4-for-4 so far this year, having gotten a two-month break between his first and second starts.
That rest could prove beneficial when I'll Have Another is staring down the 1,097-foot stretch at Belmont.
"He really has a lot of try in him. You can just tell by way he dug into the stretch in the Derby and the Preakness," Cauthen said. "He loves to run and he's not afraid of the battle. He's a very relaxed horse like Affirmed was, nothing seems to bother him."
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