Author: Wynn Elliott

Garrett Gomez’s granddaughter ensures ‘legacy will continue’

By Jonathan Lintner When Hall of Fame jockey Garrett Gomez died in 2016, he was survived by four children, one of whom seems prepared to pass on the craft to his own kid. Victoria Gomez, wife of Collin Gomez, Garrett’s first son, recently contacted us about a viral video of a toddler and horse. She feeds it, walks it and even gets a leg up, riding as if she’s meant to. And that all makes sense, because it turns out the youngster is Paisley Gomez, Garrett’s 3-year-old granddaughter. “As this video has gone viral,” Victoria wrote to us, “I have found myself wanting to share this moment with Garrett’s fans to show that his legacy will continue throughout the years.” Indeed. The Gomezes live in Tennessee now after Collin’s stint as an assistant to another Hall of Famer, Jerry Hollendorfer. Garrett Gomez, of course, won multiple Eclipse Awards, 13 Breeders’ Cup races and the 2007 Kentucky Oaks aboard Rags to Riches. Share this:PrintFacebookTwitterGoogleLinkedInTumblrPinterestRedditLike this:Like...

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Jockey Perry Ouzts Rides 50,000th Career Race

Turfway Park Press Release March 3, 2018 (FLORENCE, Ky.) – Ageless jockey Perry Ouzts rode the 50,000th race of his long career Saturday when he hustled Need the Wall out of the gate in the third race at Turfway Park. Now 63 years old, Ouzts currently ranks ninth by wins among all jockeys in the history of North American racing with 6,881. He also has 6,509 seconds and 6,181 thirds and has accumulated purse earnings of nearly $44.5 million since he was legged up for the first time in 1973. Known for getting a horse out of the gate in a hurry, his nickname is “Scoot ‘n’ Boot.” One of those runner-up finishes was the milestone mount. “It would have been a lot more dramatic if I’d won it,” said Ouzts, who brought the 3-year-old filly from last along the rail to get up for second. “I want to keep going until I pass Russell Baze (for number of career mounts),” said Ouzts, referencing the all-time leader both in mounts (53,578) and wins (12,842). I’m thinking three-and-a-half more years is about as far as I want to go. I think by then I will have accomplished all I can do. I’m hoping I can get up to fifth in the all-time standings. David Gall (currently fifth) has almost 7,400 (7,396) so I’m hoping to get there, but I don’t...

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Hefty Santa Anita Single Ticket Pick Six Jackpot Carryover Of $119,746 Into Thursday As Top Apprentice Roman Boots Home Four Winners, Including Causeforcommotion, Who Takes Ninth & Final

Santa Anita Press Release ARCADIA, Calif. (March 4, 2018)–With five winning tickets on Sunday, there is a Santa Anita Single Ticket Pick Six Jackpot carryover of $119,746 into Thursday.  Today’s five winning tickets were each worth $23,986.20. Reigning Eclipse Award winning Apprentice Jockey Evin Roman was the star of the day, as he celebrated his 20th birthday by booting home four winners on the nine-race program, including trainer Eric Kruljac’s Causeforcommotion ($9.40 to win) in the ninth and final race.  Santa Anita’s leading rider through 40 racing days, the Puerto Rican native is now four wins up on Flavien Prat, 38-34. With an eight-race card in the offing Thursday, the Pick Six will be comprised of races three through eight.  Approximate post time for Thursday’s third is at 2 p.m. PT. There are 50 horses entered and eligible to run in Thursday’s Pick Six sequence, making for average field size of 8.3 runners per race. Entries for Thursday’s card are available at santaanita.com.  First post time is at 1 p.m. and admission gates open at 11 a.m. Share this:PrintFacebookTwitterGoogleLinkedInTumblrPinterestRedditLike this:Like...

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Prado aims for 7,000 career-win mark

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – Business has slowed considerably for Edgar Prado in recent years, but the 51-year-old jockey still has milestones he intends to reach. Prado broke an extended slump at Gulfstream Park last Friday by winning a four-horse race on a 2-5 favorite, Sara’s Day, and entered this week with a 1-for-49 record at the championship meet. Read More Share this:PrintFacebookTwitterGoogleLinkedInTumblrPinterestRedditLike this:Like...

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Dylan Davis Ties NYRA Win Record, Honored as Jockey of the Week

  With a six-win day and strong statistics for the holiday racing week, Dylan Davis was a nearly unanimous choice for Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week for February 12-19, 2018. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more than 950 riders in North America. Jockey of the Week is sponsored by Animal Element’s Foundation Detox and Product X Performance Enhancer. Dylan Davis impressed voters with a remarkable day on Sunday when he won six races in a single card at Aqueduct, including...

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