Garrett Gomez

Garrett Gomez

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Gomez Wins 70th Stakes, Ties Bailey

Garrett Gomez earned his 70th stakes win of the season, Nov. 10 at Hollywood Park.

Garrett Gomez won his 70th stakes of the year aboard Hucking Hot in the $68,650 Audrey Skirball-Kenis Stakes at Hollywood Park Nov. 10, tying Jerry Bailey for most stakes wins by a jockey in a single season. Bailey set the mark in 2003.

"At first when they kept telling me about it and telling me about it, I was just going like 'yeah, yeah, yeah,'" Gomez said of the record. "But now that I'm there, it's a nice feeling to be able to put my name up there with a guy like that (Bailey)." 

Gomez leads all North American riders in purse earnings in 2007, with more than $21 million, and won a pair of Breeders' Cup races Oct. 27 at Monmouth Park.

Gomez, 35, who began his racing career in 1988, led all jockeys with $21,922,522 in 2006, but finished second to Edgar Prado in the Eclipse Award voting.

Owned by Jim Ford, Rick Holiday and K M Stable, and trained by Patrick Gallagher, 3-year-old filly Hucking Hot went off as the betting favorite and won the 1 1/8-mile turf race by a length. She has now won three of nine starts in her career.

"These kind of fillies make you look good," Gomez said. "There was a tiny hole at the top of the stretch and when I pointed her for it, she accelerated like it was the size of the Grand Canyon.”