06/14/2013 3:50PM

Hollywood Park notes: Gomez takes off mounts

Barbara D. Livingston
Garrett Gomez took off his mounts to deal with personal problems, the Hollywood Park stewards said.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Jockey Garrett Gomez is off his mounts this week to deal with personal problems, the stewards said on Thursday. The stewards did not elaborate on the reasons for Gomez’s absence.

Gomez and his agent, Tony Matos, did not return phone calls seeking comment on Thursday and Friday. The stewards said they were informed that Gomez would return to riding next week.

Gomez gave up the mount on top contender More Chocolate in Saturday’s $250,000 Vanity Handicap. He was not named to ride on Sunday’s nine-race program.

More surgery for Scott

Jockey Joy Scott, who suffered a severely broken leg in a training accident in March, faces further surgery before her recovery will be complete, she said during a visit to Hollywood Park last weekend.

Scott said that it is unlikely that doctors will clear her to resume riding, but that she wants to stay involved in the sport. She said she has been keeping a journal for years and is writing a book.

“I’d like to be able to be athletic again,” Scott said. “Maybe get on the pony again. I want to be healthy, the feeling of being strong and healthy and fit.”

Scott, 54, said she has undergone seven surgeries since the injury, several to clear up complications from infections. She said more surgery will be needed.

“They said it will be a long time,” she said. “I want it fixed.”

Maldonado shooting high

Through Thursday, Joe Talamo led all riders at the meeting with 32 wins, one in front of Baze, Edwin Maldonado and Rafael Bejarano, who won the riding title at the Santa Anita winter-spring meeting.

Maldonado won the riding title at the 2012 Hollywood Park autumn meeting and said on Friday that winning a title at this meeting would mean more.

“This is more fun,” Maldonado said. “Last time was an accomplishment. This time it’s more competitive.”

Like the other riders, Maldonado has his sights set on the Del Mar meeting from July 17 to Sept. 4.

“I want to win that meet,” he said.