About Garrett Gomez
Garrett Gomez was born on January 1, 1972 located in Tucson, Arizona. He began his career the month of September at Santa Fe Downs and rode the fair circuit, before going to Nebraska’s Fonner Park and Ak-Sar Ben. He was the second-highest-rated trainee jockey of 1989, with 182 winners.
American Thoroughbred jockey Garrett Gomez was worth an estimated net value in the range of 2 million dollars at the date of his death in 2016. Gomez was awarded the two Eclipse Awards and thirteen Breeders Cup races throughout his racing career.
3000 Wins and Counting:
Gomez has won his 3,000th race of his career the 28th of September, 2008 onboard Hyperbaric during the G2 Oak Tree Mile at Santa Anita.
The 2008 season was also the third consecutive year that Gomez had the highest earnings of all jockeys across North America in earnings with more than $23 million. He came within $10,609 of breaking the record of purse earnings within one year and was also the top jockey in Graded stakes wins, which was 42 wins.
A Bump in the Road:
Due to personal issues that included addiction to drugs, Gomez missed 21 months of racing before he entered rehabilitation on the 29th of October 2003. He was able to overcome these issues and two years later, to the day following his rehabilitation, he took home the Breeders’ Cup twice: The Mile on Artie Schiller, and the Juvenile on Stevie Wonderboy.
Breeders’ Cup Success:
He was the winner of two races in the Breeders’ Cup in 2007, The Juvenile Fillies on the Indian Blessing as well as the Sprint aboard Midnight Lut. This earned him the second Bill Shoemaker Award as the top jockey in the Breeders’ Cup. His first one in 2005 when also he won two races. In 2008, he took home 4 Breeders’ Cup race, including the Dirt Mile aboard Albertus Maximus and the Juvenile aboard Midshipman and the Sprint aboard Midnight Lute as well as the Filly and Mare Sprint aboard Ventura.
But, he finished as a runner-up in 2008’s Shoemaker Award to Frankie Dettori.
While Gomez was located on the coast of Southern California for most of his career, he changed his saddle into in the East coast to become the first-call rider of Trainer Todd Pletcher in April 2005 as John Velazquez was out with an injury. He rides for Pletcher and even though the trainer took him to California to spend the winter however, he came back in Novel York in the spring.
Two-time Eclipse Award Winner:
Gomez was the top performer in the country for income in 2006 when he earned more than $11 million, however He was still second on the Eclipse Award voting for Champion Jockey to Edgar Prado. But he was awarded the Eclipse in 2007 and 2008 after two great seasons that included numerous victories at the Breeders’ Cup Championships.
Gomez has been married for a while to his wife Pam with four kids: Amanda, Shelby, Jared and Collin. They live within Duarte, California.