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Gomez plans return to California
ARCADIA, Calif. - Jockey Garrett Gomez will resume riding in Southern California at the end of October after a successful summer in New York and will be based here at least through the winter.
Gomez said Saturday that he will begin riding here on Oct. 25 for the final week of the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting. He will ride the Hollywood Park meeting in November and December and the Santa Anita winter-spring meeting.
Gomez did not detail his plans beyond the end of the Santa Anita winter-spring meeting in April 2007, pending conversations with his agent, Ron Anderson.
"That's in Ron's hands in terms of what's going on," he said.
Gomez, who won three races at Santa Anita on Saturday, including the Grade 1 Yellow Ribbon Stakes aboard the brilliant Wait a While, has not ridden regularly in California since April, when he left to ride in Kentucky and New York. Gomez was asked to ride on those circuits by trainer Todd Pletcher after jockey John Velazquez suffered a shoulder injury in April. Gomez stayed in New York after Velazquez returned from the injury.
Gomez rode primarily at Belmont Park and Saratoga during the summer, finishing second in the Saratoga standings to Edgar Prado. At the Santa Anita winter-spring meeting earlier this year, Gomez finished third in the standings.
"I enjoyed it," he said of his summer. "I think the ideal situation is to ride here in the winter and there in the summer. We rode for some good outfits. I'd like to keep it like that."
Reddam loaded for bear at Breeders' Cup
Owner Paul Reddam could have a busy afternoon on Breeders' Cup Day.
Depending on the results of stakes over the next two weekends, Reddam could have as many as six starters in Breeders' Cup races.
Reddam, who frequently buys horses of racing age privately, unveiled his latest acquisitions on Saturday in Cash Included, the upset winner of the Oak Leaf BC Stakes for 2-year-old fillies. Trained by Craig Dollase, Cash Included made her first start for Reddam in the Oak Leaf following a private purchase earlier in September.
She is bound for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies.
"I think she'd have to be one of the choices," Reddam said.
Reddam also hopes to run the English import Red Rocks in the BC Turf, Great Hunter and Liquidity in the Juvenile, Sharp Lisa in the Distaff, and possibly Dancing Edie in the Filly and Mare Turf.
Great Hunter starts in the $500,000 Lane's End Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland on Saturday, Sharp Lisa in the $500,000 Spinster Stakes at Keeneland on Sunday, and Liquidity in the $400,000 Champagne Stakes at Belmont Park on Oct. 14. Liquidity beat maidens in his debut on Sept. 27 at Oak Tree. Those three are trained by Doug O'Neill.
The status of Dancing Edie, who is trained by Dollase, is unclear. Dancing Edie was second to Wait a While in Saturday's Yellow Ribbon Stakes, but lost by 4 1/2 lengths.
"We'll have to talk about that," Reddam said of her status. "The winner was in another area code."
Clement Hirsch top pair bound for BC Turf
In the moments after The Tin Man and T.H. Approval finished a head apart in Saturday's $250,000 Clement Hirsch Turf Championship, it was hard to tell which of their respective trainers had won the race.
Both Richard Mandella, who trains The Tin Man, and Eduardo Inda, who trains T.H. Approval, were ecstatic about their horse's performance and were making plans for the Breeders' Cup Turf at Churchill Downs on Nov. 4.
"They ran their lights out," Mandella said.
The Tin Man won his third consecutive stakes in the Hirsch, a streak that includes the Arlington Million at Arlington Park in August. Mandella said he thought the Hirsch, when The Tin Man had to hold off a late run from T.H. Approval, was a tougher race.
"It wasn't as easy as our last race, but he got the job done," Mandella said.
If The Tin Man starts in the BC Turf, it will be his third appearance in the race. He was fourth in the 2002 and 2003 runnings.
T.H. Approval, who has won three stakes this year, has yet to win a Grade 1, a point that does not concern Inda. He was thrilled with T.H. Approval's performance in the Hirsch, which was run at 1 1/4 miles, a distance that is probably shorter than T.H. Approval's ideal trip. The BC Turf is 1 1/2 miles.
"Not too many American horses want to run that long, and he loves the distance," Inda said.
Brother Derek tunes up for Goodwood
Brother Derek, winless in three starts since the Santa Anita Derby in April, worked five furlongs in 59.40 seconds on Sunday, preparing for his first start against older horses in Saturday's $500,000 Goodwood BC Handicap at 1 1/8 miles.
Trained by Dan Hendricks, Brother Derek finished fourth in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes in May and the El Cajon Stakes at Del Mar on Sept. 2.
The Goodwood has a field of five probable starters. The Grade 2 race is led by Lava Man, the top older horse in California this year. He is unbeaten in six starts, including the Santa Anita Handicap, Hollywood Gold Cup, and Pacific Classic.
Other probable starters are Giacomo, the 2005 Kentucky Derby winner who was fifth in the Pacific Classic, and the graded stakes winners Magnum and Super Frolic.
Aragorn, the top turf miler in the United States, will face a short field in Saturday's $250,000 Oak Tree BC Mile. Aragorn worked six furlongs on turf in 1:15.20. He is expected to face Wild Buddy, Lord Admiral, and possibly Salty Humor.
Saturday's $250,000 Ancient Title BC Stakes at six furlongs is led by Pure as Gold and Bordonaro, the first two finishers in the Gradeo1 Bing Crosby Handicap at Del Mar in July. Fast Parade, a two-time stakes winner this year, is expected to be the lone 3-year-old in the field.
Del Mar Futurity winner Horse Greeley leads the field for Sunday's $250,000 Norfolk BC Stakes at 1 1/16 miles. He will face Principle Secret, Spot the Diplomat, Sunshine Ridge, and possibly Black Seventeen.
Valdivia gets three-day penalty
Jockey Jose Valdivia Jr. has been given a three-day suspension for causing interference in Saturday's eighth race aboard Sea Battle, who finished second but was disqualified and placed seventh.
Sea Battle was ruled to have lugged in through the stretch run of the allowance race on turf.
The suspension begins on Sunday and continues through next Wednesday.
Lloyd changing jobs
Trainer Jamie Lloyd won Sunday's second race with Brag, who is expected to be his second-to-last starter.
Lloyd, who opened a stable earlier this year, is reverting to his previous job as an assistant to trainer Paddy Gallagher, who will began training Lloyd's eight-horse stable.
In addition, Lloyd said he plans to pursue opportunities as a bloodstock agent in addition to working for Gallagher. He will have one more starter in his name, the English import Hucking Hot in a minor turf stakes for 2-year-old fillies later this month.
"I'm a one-horse trainer after today," he said on Sunday.