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
“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.
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
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.