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How Garrett Gomez Transformed My Life

By Cindy Trejo

Garrett Gomez. 1972-2016. Photo: Benoit

Garrett Gomez. 1972-2016. Photo: Benoit

As the momentum of Kentucky Derby fever builds like a huge tidal wave, racing fans have the potential to encounter new superstars.  Stunning, three-year-old equine athletes coming on to the national scene vie for top honors and their once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take home the roses.

The most exciting two minutes in sports will demand skill, grit and a strong heart of its young thoroughbreds.  Superstar-like guidance from trainers and riders will give them the best chance for winning the top prize.  It might not take a village, but it absolutely requires a vigilant partnership to win — and the rewards include a permanent stamp in the history of America’s greatest race.

The late Garrett Gomez, a dual Eclipse Award-winning rider never won the Kentucky Derby or a Triple Crown race.  He finished second in the 2009 Derby aboard Pioneerof the Nile (who would sire 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah) and… (more)