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In racing time, it’s light years away to the first Saturday in May, 2013, but Garrett Gomez hopes that Saturday’s inaugural FrontRunner Stakes leads towards his first Kentucky Derby victory.

The 40-year-old jockey rides a promising bay colt named Know More in the Frontrunner, a mile and 1/16 test for 2-year-olds and one of five Grade I “Win and You’re In” Challenge Races to be decided at Santa Anita on Saturday.

Owned by J. Paul Reddam and trained by Doug O’Neill, whose I’ll Have Another stunned the racing world last year by winning the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes after capturing the Santa Anita Derby, Know More won the Grade II Best Pal Stakes in his first start, coming from sixth at the half-mile pole in the 6 ½-furlong race at Del Mar on Aug. 5 to win by a half-length.

Next out, Know More and Gomez rallied four wide in the Grade I Del Mar Futurity before finishing second by a length and a quarter as the 17-10 favorite.

“He’s a nice horse that’s willing to cooperate,” Gomez said of the son of Lion Heart purchased for $210,000 at the Barretts sale in May of this year. “You try to adjust in races and he’s willing to try to do that, and I feel that makes him a better horse.

“The way he’s run his first two races, the two turns won’t bother him a bit. He’ll relax early on no matter if he’s real close or behind, depending on what kind of pace there is. Hopefully he’s seasoned enough where two turns won’t be a big deal.”

On the distaff side Saturday, Gomez rides Beholder for Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella in the first edition of the Chandelier Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles. It was formerly run as the Oak Leaf Stakes.

Owned by the Spendthrift Farm of B. Wayne Hughes, Beholder broke her maiden in her second start, and then was barely nosed out by undefeated odds-on favorite Executiveprivilege in the Grade I Del Mar Debutante on Sept. 1. A bay daughter of Henny Hughes, Beholder worked three furlongs on Santa Anita’s main track Wednesday in 37.20.

“She’s really started to come around,” said Gomez, who has ridden both the colt and the filly in each of their five combined races. “Her last two races have been very good. I still think she actually won the Debutante. Hopefully the two turns won’t affect her too much.”

Beholder’s Daily Racing Form trouble line for the Debutante reads, “Hit gate start, inside.” Gomez elaborated. “She had the outside (eight) post and when she broke the ground broke out slightly from underneath her and kind of hit the underside of the gate, not so much the side of it, but the bottom of it.

“She was down real low and when she stood up, she hit the gate, but she still only got beat a zop, so hopefully she’ll take to the two turns and find herself in the winner’s circle.”



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Definately, I really hope the put Mario on him. How great would it be to have those three guys finish what they came so close to doing this year?
IHATC I know it! You are going for the IHA team...
@illhaveanothertriplecrown, who knows at this point. I personally would like to see Mario on Know More, (since they both would suit one another's style) but if Gomez, Reddam, and O'Neill are happy with the setup, then it just might stay that way for a while. But usually jocks do not get first pick in mounts, the trainer/owner decides who gets the mount first. Who knows, Gomez might decide that he wants to ride He's Had Enough (if the colt ever comes around), or Beholder, or some other promising two year old. I think it will become more solid after the BC Juvenile as to who gets to ride Know more for most of his races.
they going to give him to Mario?
It didn't say anywhere in this article that Gomez wanted a Derby win with Know More. Honestly, I really don't think that Gomez will be Know More's main jockey. He might be for Know More's two year old season, but I could see that eventually changing.

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