12/29/2008 1:00AM

Injuries can't keep Gomez down


ARCADIA, Calif. - Garrett Gomez, who leads the nation's jockeys in purse earnings this year, is expected to return to riding on Monday or Wednesday after he was involved in a spill at Santa Anita on Saturday.

Gomez was thrown from Back at You when that 2-year-old attempted to jump the rail in the stretch of the Eddie Logan Stakes. Gomez suffered broken teeth, a gash on his knee and a swollen hand. He was briefly hospitalized, but was released that evening.

Gomez, who won the Eclipse Award as the nation's outstanding jockey of 2007, did not ride at Santa Anita on Sunday, and told agent Ron Anderson that he was strongly considering riding on Monday. As of mid-morning on Monday, Gomez remained on his mounts.

There is no racing at Santa Anita on Tuesday. Racing resumes on Wednesday.