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Garrett Gomez is no stranger to winning Breeders’ Cup races, especially at Santa Anita. The 40-year-old Tucson native has 12 such victories overall on his growing and glowing resume, including four in 2008 and one in 2009 when the World Championship events were held at The Great Race Place.

Gomez hit a “Grand Slam” in 2008, winning the Dirt Mile on Albertus Maximus, the Sprint on Midnight Lute, the Juvenile aboard Midshipman and the Filly & Mare Sprint on Ventura. In 2009, he won the Ladies’ Classic on Life Is Sweet.

Among his mounts this year are probable favorite Beholder, a filly that would be running against males in the Juvenile Sprint; talented 3-year-old Jimmy Creed in the Sprint, both trained by Richard Mandella; and Richard’s Kid for trainer Doug O’Neill in the Classic.

Additionally, agent Tony Matos has booked Gomez on the following Breeders’ Cup horses: Grassy (Marathon); Switch (F&M Sprint); Marketing Mix (F&M Turf); Reneesgotzip (F&M Turf Sprint/F&M Sprint); Slim Shadey (Turf); and Jeranimo (Mile).

Gomez was happy with Beholder and Jimmy Creed after he worked them recently. “Both went really well,” he said. “They sat off of other horses and kind of cruised. Both have good races coming into the Breeders’ Cup. Richard wasn’t looking for hard works for them but both worked very well.”

Gomez was not overly concerned about Beholder facing males. “It doesn’t matter,” he reasoned. “When they’re this young, and when you look at some of the Beyer numbers on the fillies, they’re faster than the colts. This time of year, I don’t think it makes much of a difference.

“For me, it’s nice to ride at Santa Anita when my home is so close by. I enjoy being here for the Breeders’ Cup, and I had a couple lucky years here, too. Hopefully, I’ll have one of those four-baggers again.”

Added O’Neill: “Garrett is a great rider. He’s got ice in his veins, and I love the fact that he’s ridden Richard’s Kid for me once (to a third-place finish in the Awesome Again Stakes) and he’s gotten a chance to know him. Having a big-race rider like Garrett in the biggest race of the year, on a horse he’s already ridden and knows, I couldn’t ask for a better scenario.”



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