Not since the 1991-92 Santa Anita meet, when Alex Solis (100 wins), Eddie Delahoussaye (98) and Kent Desormeaux (97) finished 1-2-3 in the rider standings and were separated by only three wins, has there been a more intense three-way battle for the jockey title.
Heading into Wednesday’s action, the 35th day of the 84-day meet, two-time Eclipse Award-winning Garrett Gomez was atop the standings with 39 victories, one win ahead of both defending champion Rafael Bejarano and Joel Rosario.
Heading into 2008, we all knew how good Gomez and Bejarano were, but Rosario was an unknown who has performed way ahead of expectations. The 21-year-old native of the Dominican Republic has made his mark on the Southland colony and now needs to only win some big stakes in other parts of the country to become known nationally. The kid can ride.
Who do you like? If you had a Grade I stakes winner and needed to win one big race, who would you put on the horse? One of the top three, or maybe someone else?