Gomez 'Sore' After Spill, Off Mounts Sunday

Gomez 'Sore' After Spill, Off Mounts Sunday
Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt
Jockey Garrett Gomez

X-rays taken of jockey Garrett Gomez's elbow and shoulder were negative following his fall in the ninth race at Hollywood Park Nov. 21.

Gomez, winner of the Eclipse Award as the nation's top jockey in each of the past two years, was released from Centinela Hospital at about 6:30 in the evening. A text message from his agent, Ron Anderson, said "He's alright, sore, going home, nothing broken."

The 37-year-old rider was relieved of his assignments Nov. 22, including his mount in the featured $100,000 Moccasin Stakes for 2-year-old fillies, Miss Heather Lee.

Gomez was shaken up after his mount broke down while leading at the sixteenth pole.

Bonnie Brown Eyes, a 2-year-old filly making her second lifetime start in the $32,000 maiden claiming race for trainer Mike Mitchell, shattered her right front ankle and died when she broke her neck in the fall, according to Hollywood Park spokesman Mike Mooney. She led the six-furlong race by 1 1/2 lengths at the eighth pole.

Gomez was able to roll under the rail after he was thrown and appeared to escape being struck by any of the eight trailing horses. He was loaded onto the hospital ambulance by stretcher.


 

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