Gomez takes over the mount on Flashback
|Flashback will have a new rider for the Santa Anita Derby
Agent Tony Matos confirmed Thursday morning that Garrett
Gomez has picked up the mount on Triple Crown contender Flashback for the Grade
Anita Derby on April 6.
Gomez replaces Julien Leparoux, who was criticized for his
ride on the sophomore son of Tapit in the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes last Saturday, in which the
even-money favorite suffered his first defeat after prompting fast fractions on
the front end while going 1 1/16 miles.
"We're very excited that (trainer) Bob Baffert put Garrett on this
horse," Matos said. "They've had a lot of success together and we hope it
Gomez -- a two-time Eclipse Award winner as outstanding
jockey, a four-time leader in national purse earnings and Santa Anita's 2011
George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award winner -- piloted the Baffert-trained Lookin
at Lucky to three Grade 1 victories prior to a sixth-place finish in the 2010
Flashback opened his career under Leparoux with a 3 1/2-length score against
maiden special weight rivals on December 8 at Hollywood Park going seven
furlongs. The gray colt stretched out to 8 1/2 furlongs for the Grade 2 Robert
B. Lewis in his three-year-old bow on February 2 before his tough-beat nose
second in the San Felipe last out.
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