In a decision they agonized over for weeks, jockey Garrett Gomez and agent Ron Anderson finally have decided to stick with Pioneerof the
Gomez has ridden Pioneerof the
“I’ve made a lot of big decisions with Gary (Stevens), Jerry (Bailey), and Chris Antley, and most decisions for me are very black and white,”
“I’ve talked to Todd (Pletcher), Bob (Baffert), and Garrett at length, and I have to admit I was very, very confused. Garrett has a huge amount of confidence in both of them. It’s not like he told me this one is better than that one. There’s upside to both of them.
“I would do anything to have Garrett win this
Gomez added, "Pioneerof the Nile is a quality horse and we're four-for-four together. He's done nothing wrong and all we've done is win together. We've been a team since the end of last year."
Gomez is 0-for-5 in the Kentucky Derby, and went from 1995 to 2006 without a mount. Since his resurgence he has finished 17th, 8th, and 13th with Bob and John, Any Given Saturday, and Court Vision, respectively. This year he will have his best chance ever.
There has been no official announcement who will ride Dunkirk, but it is expected that Edgar Prado, who rode the colt in his career debut, will get the mount.