Gomez to return for Hollywood Derby

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Garrett Gomez suffered "bad bruising," but nothing worse, to his ailing right shoulder, according to results from a magnetic resonance imaging test taken last Friday, said Ron Anderson, agent for the star jockey. Gomez still is in enough pain that he will forgo riding at the balance of the Churchill Downs fall meet and will return to action on Nov. 28, Hollywood Derby day at Hollywood Park.

Gomez traveled to Los Angeles last week to consult with Dr. Dan Capen, a noted orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine, and to undergo the MRI test. The two-time Eclipse Award winning jockey injured the shoulder in a Nov. 4 spill at Churchill but was able to fulfill most of his mounts the next two days, including all eight of his mounts in the Breeders' Cup. He has been sidelined since winning the final BC race, the Nov. 6 Classic, aboard Blame, who narrowly held off Zenyatta in a dramatic finish.

Before being injured, Gomez had intended to ride the balance of the Churchill fall meet that runs through Nov. 28. He was named to ride one mount Thursday, Corleone in the eighth race, but will be replaced.

Anderson said Gomez will be based in Southern California through the winter, with Santa Anita and its traditional Dec. 26 opening to follow the Hollywood meet.