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Gomez Picks Up Mount on Flashback in Santa Anita Derby

Agent Tony Matos confirmed Thursday morning that Garrett Gomez has picked up the mount on Triple Crown contender Flashback for the Santa Anita Derby on April 6.

Gomez replaces Julien Leparoux, who was criticized for his ride on Flashback in the San Felipe Stakes last Saturday, in which the even-money favorite suffered his first defeat after prompting fast fractions on the front end in the Grade II race at 1 1/16 miles.

“We’re very excited that Bob Baffert put Garrett on this horse,” Matos said. “They’ve had a lot of success together and we hope it continues.”

Gomez, a two-time Eclipse Award winner as outstanding jockey, a four-time leader in national purse earnings, and Santa Anita’s 2011 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award winner, finished second in the 2009 Kentucky Derby on the Baffert-trained Pioneerof The Nile.

Matos has represented jockeys who have won the Run for the Roses six times: Angel Cordero Jr. (Cannonade, 1974 and Bold Forbes, 1976); Kent Desormeaux (Real Quiet, 1998 and Fusaichi Pegasus, 2000); Laffit Pincay Jr. (Swale, 1984); and Victor Espinoza (War Emblem, 2002).

Real Quiet and War Emblem also were trained by Baffert, who captured his first Kentucky Derby in 1997 with Silver Charm.

 

 

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i have 2 frind that are going to join derby wars im going to but some money in latter so i can try to win but i doun know how to get it if i win will thay just put it on my card i just trying it out to day
No problem. Glad you caught it. This was posted from SA barn notes.
HRN, Thanks for making the correction.
Great choice but I rather Mike Smith or Martin Garcia get the mount.
This "news" article says Gomez rode Lookin At Lucky to a second place finish in the 2010 Kentucky Derby, unless I'm reading it incorrectly. He actually rode LAL in all of his starts, through the KD, in which LAL finished 6th (sixth). Gomez was subsequently replaced by Martin Garcia for the Preakness and the remainder of LAL's career. I'm liking the jockey change on Flashback, from Leparoux to Gomez, but LAL's news info is not right. http://www.equibase.com/profiles/Results.cfm?type=Horse&refno=8081070®istry=T
Nothing against Julian who is a great rider but he messed up the win for this horse. Hopefully, he'll learn from this and pay a little more attention to his surrounding. I would have like to see M.Smith or Gary Stevens but I know they have other rides. Good luck to this Flashback team.
If I recall correctly, he was on Lucky in '10, but was taken off the mount prior to the Triple Crown. He did have success with sprinting Midnight Lute.
It's an unexpected match bt a closer and a speed horse but Garrett can run just as well off the pace - we'll see if BB wants Flashback to settle back. PS GG took second in 09 with Pioneer of the Nile, not with Lucky in '10

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