Breeders Cup Winning Jockey Dies Aged 44

Garrett Gomez, the winner of 13 races at the Breeders’ Cup, has died at the age of 44.

The American rode his last race in 2013 but did not officially retire until two years later. He had been suffering from substance abuse.

1988 was when his career began but 2007 was to be his most successful year when he rode 265 winners.


That year he was honoured with an Eclipse Award as the outstanding jockey, a feat he repeated in 2008.

The winner of 83 Grade One races, he will perhaps be best remembered as the jockey of Blame, who beat Zenyatta in a dramatic conclusion to the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Classic. It was Zenyatta’s final race of her career having won the previous 19.

Gomez co-wrote a book about his troubles with alcohol and drug addiction called: The Garrett Gomez Story: A Jockey’s Journey Through Addiction and Salvation.

Other notable wins for Gomez included the Shadwell Turf Mile on Aidan O’Brien’s Aussie Rules and the Cigar Mile on Saeed bin Suroor’s Discreet Cat.