“For the Belmont Stakes (G1) a couple years ago, I made a decision between two horses. We had already picked up the mount on Hard Spun, and it was kind of a last-minute decision that Todd [Pletcher] was going to run Rags to Riches. We could have bailed on Larry Jones, but that would have been the wrong thing to do and not very respectful. We try to be very honorable with our call and it wasn’t like Hard Spun wasn’t a good horse to get on anyway; he was a top competitor that year. Of course, Rags to Riches wound up winning, but it’s not a thing you can second guess and say ‘would have, could have, should have.’ Hopefully, the decision we made this year will be one we don’t look back on in that way.”
-Jockey Garrett Gomez on his blog on www.ntra.com on his choice to ride Santa Anita Derby (G1) winner Pioneerof the Nile instead of highly regarded Florida Derby (G1) runner-up Dunkirk in the Kentucky Derby.