View Full Version : 'Go go' takes 2009 title for top earnings - barely

Jan. 1, 2010, 12:05 AM
Just by his chin and with some birthday luck (he just turned 38) does Garrett Gomez go past Julien Leparoux: $18,571,171 in total 2009 earnings vs. JL's $18,560,565 by virtue of his very last race.

Julien stopped riding for the year on Dec. 3, 2009 so he could only sit back and watch essentially the bragging rights to the national earnings title, of which Gomez has now won fourth consecutive years.

From the DRF late 12/31/09 (http://drf.com/news/article/109839.html"):

Gomez began the day with 2009 earnings of $18,533,571 trailing Julien Leparoux by $26,994. With only two scheduled mounts on the eight-race program, Gomez seemed out of chances when Red Arrow finished last in the second race, earning $400, and Fund Raiser won the fourth race, earning $26,400. That left Gomez trailing Leparoux by $194 and out of mounts.

But shortly after 3 p.m., jockey Martin Pedroza took off Cenizo in the eighth race, citing illness. Gomez was named as the replacement rider and made the most of the opportunity, guiding the 4-5 shot between horses in the stretch to win the maiden claiming race over 5 1/2 furlongs by a length. Trained by Julio Canani, Cenizo earned $10,800, giving Gomez 2009 earnings of $18,571,171, which was $10,606 more than Leparoux.

Gomez did not have to win the last race to secure the title. With all starters in California guaranteed $400 as part of a scheme to encourage more runners, Gomez only had to guide Cezino out of the gate to secure the title.


Jan. 1, 2010, 12:08 AM
Julien, just to add, was back in France visiting family for Christmas.

Now Gomez joins Laffit Pincay Jr. (1971-74) and Braulio Baeza (1965-68) as riders to have won the money championship four consecutive years.

Bill Shoemaker holds the record of seven successive years, 1958 through 1964.

Jan. 1, 2010, 12:30 AM
isnt it fun when a day turns out like that?? yay for Go Go

Jan. 1, 2010, 04:35 PM
Interestingly is that Calvin Borel landed at #14 in the final list.

853 starts 140-108-100 total winnings: $9,244,647

By comparison #11 was Mike Smith who has one of the fewest total mount totals [read: selective] with 639 starts 103-78-90, total winnings: $10,500,981

New York circuit dominating rider, Ramon Dominguez, took #3 in winnings but his volume of mounts is almost double that of Calvin Borel. With it came about double the winnings too:

Ramon: 1651 starts 391-284-251, winnings for 2009: $18,348,422

Fewest starts of any jockey in the rankings (for earnings) goes to Richard "The Mig" Migliore. Just 356 starts 42-51-40 yielding a respectable $3,048,941.

By comparison a jockey like Rosemary Homeister, Jr. [2nd in the BC Marathon on Cloudy's Knight, for example] took in about $1M more ($4,079,092) but it required having almost triple the mounts at 1,077 starts to pull that off.

Jan. 7, 2010, 01:29 PM
As assumed the "luck" that Gomez had in getting a mount was a wee bit rigged, if you will. Equidaily vis-a-vis 'The Roger Stein Show' (http://www.rogerstein.com/archives/100102.wma):

Garrett Gomez's agent, Ron Anderson explains late jock change that earned his jock the 2009 money title... "Garrett was going for a situation that was going to be historical... Martin taking off was more -- my interpretation -- of a respect thing to Garrett... And I've got news for everybody -- he wasn't the only guy that offered to come off their horses..." From Sat's Roger Stein Show [interview at 4:00]