06/26/2013 3:53PM

Hollywood Park: Gomez will not ride this weekend as he continues to deal with personal issues

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Tom Keyser
Garrett Gomez's agent says he is unsure when the jockey will be ready to resume riding..

INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Jockey Garrett Gomez will not ride in the two Grade 1 stakes at Betfair Hollywood Park on Saturday while continuing to deal with personal issues, his agent, Tony Matos, said on Wednesday.

Gomez’s absence could extend into July. Wednesday, trainer Craig Lewis said that he has arranged for jockey Joe Talamo to replace Gomez on Clubhouse Ride in the $500,000 Hollywood Gold Cup on July 6, if Gomez has not returned.

Gomez took off his mounts on June  13, citing personal issues. On June 19, on his Twitter feed, Gomez said he was “working on his marriage.”

“He’s not going to ride Saturday,” Matos said. “It may be next week. I’m waiting for him to tell me. I’ll play it by ear.”

Gomez did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment on Wednesday.

Saturday, Gomez was expected to ride Jimmy Creed in the $250,000 Triple Bend Handicap for sprinters and Za Approval in the $300,000 Shoemaker Mile. Jimmy Creed will be ridden by Gary Stevens, while Victor Espinoza has gained the mount on Za Approval.

Gomez’s current absence comes a decade after he was out of racing while dealing with substance abuse issues. Last year, he published an autobiography that discussed the personal issues he has faced in his career.

Gomez, 41, has been one of the leading riders in Southern California in recent years, and a fixture in major stakes.

Gomez has won 61 races this year. His mounts have earned $4,417,119. Among his major wins are Clubhouse Ride in the Grade 2 Californian Stakes on June 1, and Beholder in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Oaks and Las Virgenes Stakes earlier this year.

Everetta Boehme More than 1 year ago
Garrett, I'm happy your taking care of first things first and that is your wife and children. You will always be able to ride again and make enough money to support your family. Take all the time you need. I will being saying prayers for you and hope to see you ride again. Your smart to put your family ahead of your job....Not many men love their families enought to do the right thing. Grandma Polly
katherinelarge2 More than 1 year ago
anonymous why you hiding behind the pseudonym....its usually a person with the biggest problems who does want to face them that hides...not worries Garrett will be back bigger and better than ever.
katherinelarge2 More than 1 year ago
hey anonymous why you hiding behind the pseudoym...my guess is you are a bad gambler or got issues yourself....its those that hide behind the anonymous that are usually those with the biggest problems...keep hiding...because Garrett will be back and will be successful as he has for 10 years
katherinelarge2 More than 1 year ago
much respect to you Garrett for dealing with family issues....you are in a stressful and dangerous sport....but you have picked yourself up many times and you will prevail again prayers to you and your family
Thomas Mckay More than 1 year ago
Garrett, There is " Man's Land" and a "No Man's Land." You have experienced both and now is the time for a Gut Check on where you want to be. You know the answer just as well as when you know when a steed is going to give you his best. Do what's right and get back to the track and soon. Life is too short for long-term agonizing. Most of us have had our ups and downs too and win or lose, pursue the game of life with every start the intent to win again. And yes, like many of us, winning eventually comes. Looking forward is much mores desirable than looking back. Have a happy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
GOing, GOing, GOne! Enjoy your retirement, I certainly am. PVal is coming to take your mounts anyway
PAM More than 1 year ago
you must be kidding?
Kathie Roller-Stell More than 1 year ago
I hope he is successful. As one of the top riders in the West coast colony I give him a high five for taking off. It's very difficult to separate 'church and state' when your emotions are in a tangle and running high. Kudos to him for allowing the horses he was named on and the owners and trainers who had put him on their horses, and not the least, the wagering public to have the best chance possible to win. Hope to see you back soon Garrett!
Eddie Donnally More than 1 year ago
Garrett in his biography often used the same expression about taking care of his "personal life," as a way to drop out and get high. But at this point I think we have to give him the benefit of a doubt. By the grace of God I lived through an addiction to crack cocaine after my 19-year career as a jockey. I recovered and in the past 17 years have not touched drugs. People do recover. And is relapse a part of recovery? Sometimes, yes. My thoughts and prayers are with the whole family and I hope he has a confidential go-to person to listen to him without judgment no matter the nature of the problems in his "personal life." Eddie Donnally: "Ride the White Horse: A Checkered Jockey's Story of Racing, Rage and Redemption."
David Farmrose More than 1 year ago
Talk about a "Hot button" issue, maybe Dr. Phil should weigh in on this one. Orr maybe Dr. Joyce oops Donna Brothers.
jeff More than 1 year ago
You're doing the right thing Buddy! Take care of yourself and your Family, the races will still be there when you are ready! Next time you come to Texas, bring your Clubs. Jeff W.