Monday, April 20, 2009

Gomez picks Pioneerof the Nile for Derby

Jockey chooses him over Dunkirk because he's 4-for-4 on horse
Daily Racing Form

Garrett Gomez has chosen to ride Pioneerof the Nile over Dunkirk in the Kentucky Derby, his agent, Ron Anderson, confirmed Sunday morning.

Anderson, who called this the most difficult decision he has had to make in 36 years as an agent, said it came down to the fact that Gomez has won four stakes — including two Grade 1's — on Pioneerof the Nile. Gomez is 4 for 4 on Pioneerof the Nile, including victories in the CashCall Futurity, Robert Lewis, San Felipe, and Santa Anita Derby.

"If I had won four stakes, two Grade 1's on the other horse I would have been on that one," said Anderson, who has been the jockey agent for winners of three Derbies.
Gomez had ridden Dunkirk to victory in a first-level allowance race as well as to a second-place finish behind Quality Road in the Florida Derby.

Edgar Prado, who rode Dunkirk to a debut victory, is expected to get the mount on Dunkirk.

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