Gomez off to slow start

Two-time Eclipse Award-winning jockey Garrett Gomez, who flew to California today to ride eight horses on California Gold Rush Day at Hollywood Park, has come up empty with his first three mounts — empty as in clear off the board.

Gomez has blanked with Golden Doc A in the $150,000 B. Thoughtful Stakes, Ruffled Feathers in the $60,000 Alphabet Kisses Stakes and heavily favored Bel Air Sizzle in the $150,000 Fran’s Valentine Stakes.

Rafael Bejarano, meanwhile, has won two of the first three races. He won with Waveline in the B. Thoughtful and Bootleg Annie in the Fran’s Valentine. Woman Warrior, a first-time starter from the Bruce Headley barn, came from off the pace under Alex Solis to win the Alphabet Kisses at 6-1.

This could be a huge afternoon for Bejarano, who has mounts in all 10 Gold Rush races.

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