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Jockey Garrett Gomez Cuts Short Comeback

Multiple Eclipse Award winning jockey Garrett Gomez, who fractured his left heel in a paddock mishap this past Jan. 8, came back to ride his first race since the injury in Santa Anita’s third race on Friday and determined “there’s just too much pain” and subsequently took off his remaining mount in race six.

 

Gomez underwent surgery following the Jan. 8 injury in which several screws and a plate were inserted to repair his multiple-fractured left heel.  His stated goal had been to be able to come back and ride top Santa Anita and Kentucky Derby prospect Out of Bounds in Saturday’s Grade II San Felipe Stakes.  Out of Bounds however, came off the Derby trail on Monday when it was discovered he had sustained a leg fracture after a workout at Hollywood Park.

 

“I might give it (a comeback) another week,” said Gomez.  “There’s just a little more pain than I expected.  It’s quick. Like I said, I’ll give it another week.”

 

Gomez finished fifth going 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course aboard the John Sadler-trained maiden filly Miss Pippa and was limping noticeably after he dismounted.

 

America’s leading rider by money-won four consecutive years, 2006, ’07, ’08 and ’09, Gomez was voted the Eclipse Award as champion jockey in 2007 and ’08.

 

Gomez overcame significant pain caused by a shoulder injury incurred the day before 2010 Breeders’ Cup Classic, guiding Blame to an upset over the previously unbeaten Zenyatta.  He is widely admired as one of the strongest finishers in racing.

 

 

 

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Older Comments about Jockey Garrett Gomez Cuts Short Comeback...

I think he rushed his comeback just to ride Out of Bounds in the San Felipe. When the horse got hurt it was probably a sign for Gomez to wait a bit longer & not rush it.
Lets see, did the CHRB review Gomez doctor release to return and ride. If there was pain on race day, it most certainly was there during medical review. Also, was he not working horses in the morning, prior to receiving clearance

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