Let the Games Begin: Gomez to Ride Flashback in SA Derby
The game of ‘musical jockeys’ has begun once again on the Triple Crown trail when it was announced Thursday that Garrett Gomez will replace Julien Leparoux aboard Flashback when the colt runs next in the G1 Santa Anita Derby.
Leparoux had been undefeated aboard the son of Tapit in his two starts prior to last weekend’s G2 San Felipe Stakes. In the race, Flashback suffered the first loss of his career after dueling with Goldencents through the early stages before being caught at the wire by outsider Hear the Ghost.
“It’s a tough decision, a very difficult decision,” trainer Bob Baffert told the Daily Racing Form regarding replacing Leparoux.