Garrett Gomez is good, but he’s not that good.
Horseplayers, however, continue to bet Gomez in maiden sprints like they’ve already read tomorrow’s paper. These days, any contender Gomez rides — like Delahoosee on Thursday and #8 Dixie Lucky on Friday — is likely to be pounded to less than 3-ro-2. And these horse don’t look much better than the other nags.
For example on Jan. 2, #9 Sky Marni finished just 1-3/4 lengths behind Dixie Lucky when they competed together — and Sky Marni was steadied two times in the stretch. Yet, Sky Marni went off at 9-to-2 in Friday’s eighth, while Dixie Lucky was bet to 7-to-5. The payout was almost four times greater for Sky Marni, and did Dixie Lucky have a four times better chance of winning because Gomez was riding?
I think not.
Even #4 Rev Her Up, the horse who won Friday’s race, ran a 66 Beyer Speed Figure in her last. And that compares favorably to the 64 that Dixie Lucky ran in her only start.
Anyway in this race, Dixie Lucky finished a well-beaten fifth and was never anywhere close to the front, while Rev Her Up and Sky Marni finished 1-2.
Iwagered $200 on #1 Count’n Tears a 7-to-1 second timer, $150 on Sky Marni, and $200 on #2 Tripped Fuse, a 19-to-1 shot making her debut.
To watch a replay of this race, go to calracing.com