“Without the Winners Foundation, I wouldn’t be riding today,” said Gomez, who led all North American Jockeys in purse money won for a third consecutive year in 2008. “I owe a deep debt of gratitude to Bob Fletcher and everyone involved with the Winners Foundation.
“They help people throughout racing, on the backside, frontside, everywhere. I can’t think of a more deserving organization, and I know I speak for hundreds of other people. They do great work and I wish them all the best in the New Year,” he added.
Fletcher, who is the executive director of the Winners Foundation, will accept an oversized check on behalf of the Winners Foundation between races six and seven on Saturday. “We’re thrilled to receive this very substantial contribution,” said Fletcher. “The jockeys are obviously such an integral part of our business and they face tremendous pressures. To have a guy of Garrett’s magnitude step up, along with everyone else, is very gratifying. We are blessed to have people of this caliber in our industry and this contribution is a big help to us here at the Winners Foundation.”
The check will be presented on behalf of the jockeys by Darrell Haire, Western Regional Jockey Guild Manager and Winners Foundation board member.
First post time on Saturday at Santa Anita is 12:30 p.m., with the check presentation taking place at approximately 3:10 p.m.