Garrett Gomez was a visitor to Clockers’ Corner Sunday morning,
sporting crutches but otherwise in good shape as he recovers from a
broken left heel leaving the Seabiscuit Walking Ring for the Daytona
Stakes on Jan. 8.
The Eclipse Award-winning rider and four-time national money
leader hopes to resume riding in time to pilot Sham Stakes winner Out of
Bounds in the Grade II San Felipe Stakes on March 10.
“I was a little disappointed last Sunday because I felt like I
wasn’t making the progress that I wanted to make,” the 40-year-old
Tucson native said. “Then they took the stitches out on Tuesday and that
gave me more freedom as far as what I could do.
“I started pedaling a (stationary) bike and I’m up to eight miles
already. I swam a little in the pool yesterday for the first time and
lifted weights for my legs, my thighs and my calves to build up muscle,
because when they do surgery, your muscles tend to atrophy. So I have to
build up the muscles.
“I’m able to get up on my feet and stand without crutches. Now
it’s just a matter of making sure the injury heals and not overdoing
what I’m doing, yet still do enough to improve the range of motion.”
Gomez has had to make an emotional adjustment, as well as physical.
“I can’t look back at what I lost,” he said. “It’s a matter of
looking to the future and how fast I can come back. I’m trying to make
sure I’m back in time for Out of Bounds to run. I want to have
3-year-old options to try an reach my ultimate goal of winning the