HYDRO, OK—MARCH 26, 2018—Jockey Cesar Gomez was among two people found dead early Monday in an airplane that crashed in rural Oklahoma’s Caddo County, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports.
The airplane was located about 7 a.m. Monday between Hydro and Hinton near Caddo County roads E 1080 and N 2535. Both people aboard the airplane were pronounced dead at the scene, the patrol reports.
FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford said the airplane is a Beechcraft Bonanza that apparently crashed about 10 p.m. Sunday. The airplane was going to El Reno, but was reported missing after air traffic controllers lost radio and radar contact with the aircraft. FAA investigators are on their way to the crash site, and the National Transportation Safety Board has been notified. The NTSB will be in charge of the investigation and all updates.
Gomez was returning to Oklahoma City from West Texas at the time of the crash.
According to Equibase® records, since 2014 Gomez has ridden 1401 Quarter Horses and compiled a 246-213-159 record while earning in excess of $5.4 million. Through March 24 of this year, Gomez has 10 wins in 84 starts and earned $187,441. On Saturday night he rode Onewickedchick to a third-place finish in the Grade 3 $218,000 Oklahoma Derby at Remington Park.
The jockey’s biggest ridding year was 2015 when he banked over $2 million earnings aboard such stakes horses as One Fabulous Eagle, Rock You, Bye Bye Freightrain and The Fiscal Cliff.
He won the 2015 Grade 1 All American Gold Up and was second in the $3 million All American Futurity(G1). Last year he rode Dauns First Desirio to victory in the Grade 2AQHA Challenge Championship Derby at Prairie Meadows.