Garrett Gomez, the Eclipse Award winner as
Trainer Dallas Stewart said the decision by West Point Thoroughbreds to give the mount to Gomez should not reflect negatively on Leparoux, who had ridden Macho Again in four of his last five races and had won two of those.
“Julien has done a great job with him,” said Stewart. “But after talking with (West Point Thoroughbreds’ managing partner) Terry Finley and the owners, it was decision based more on a ‘home court advantage’ for the rider. Gomez is a
“We’re going up there trying to win it, not that we think we couldn’t win it with Julien,” Stewart said. “Terry just felt that it would give us a little bit of an edge to have someone that rides there every day.”
Gomez leads the nation’s riders with more than $7.4 million in earnings on the year. Macho Again will enter the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) with a career record of 3-3-0 in nine races and earnings of $343,761.