Garrett Gomez got acquainted with Byrony for the first time when he
rode the Irish-bred mare to a sharp second by a neck to A Jealous Woman
in the Megahertz Stakes on Jan. 19.
The 42-year-old jockey, who won two races Friday giving him 24
for the meet and a winning average of 23 percent, likes his chances in
Monday‘s Presidents’ Day feature, the Grade II Buena Vista Stakes at one
mile on turf.
"She ran really well that day,” Gomez said of Byrony. “I wheeled
her out and asked her to go out and get them. She ran a really good
race. She couldn’t quite get to the last horse, but when I first turned
for home I thought I was going to be able to run them down.
“Then when I uncovered her, she didn’t quite give me the kick that I thought she might.
But I learned a little bit about her and hopefully we can get her to improve again.”
The field for the Buena Vista: Byrony, Garrett Gomez, 6-1;
Mizdirection, Mike Smith, 1-1; Byrama, Victor Espinoza, 8-1; Long Face,
Julien Leparoux, 20-1; Trois Aureole, Martin Garcia, 15-1; A Jealous
Woman, Brice Blanc, 7-2; Charm the Maker, Joe Talamo, 15-1; and In the
Stars, Gary Stevens, 4-1. First post time Monday is 12:30 p.m.
Fans attending Santa Anita on Presidents’ Day will receive free
an attractive Santa Anita umbrella with paid admission while supplies