Garrett Gomez

Garrett Gomez

Anne M. Eberhardt

Gomez, Anderson Part Ways

Eclipse Award-winning jockey and top agent agree to sever partnership.

Two-time Eclipse Award-winner Garrett Gomez and top agent Ron Anderson have parted ways, Gomez said March 22.

The jockey said Anderson had expressed interest in taking the book of New York-based rider Alan Garcia. Concerns over Gomez' desire to remain based in California and Anderson's interest in racing on the East Coast also came into play.  Agents in New York can now represent two riders concurrently.

"We had some differences and thought it would be best if we cut our ties," said Gomez, who has not yet hired another agent.

Said Anderson, "The bottom line for me is that I don't want to be in California and he does. He's an absolute star of a person and people should look at what he's done as an inspiration. I'm happy to have had my relationship with him."

Gomez returned from substance abuse problems, including serving time in jail, to become one of the premier riders in North America

Anderson will represent Garcia at Keeneland before continuing on to Belmont.

He has served as agent for, among others, Gary Stevens and Jerry Bailey.