Kevin Gomez

Birth Date: May 18, 1994
Birth Place: Retalhuleu, Guatemala

STATISTICS: STARTS 1st 2nd 3rd MONEY
2017 567 69 72 76 $1,995,478
CAREER 1,450 166 180 171 $4,156,813
 
2017 SEASON: Won 56 races in Maryland, good for 12th overall … won his first career riding title at Pimlico’s spring Preakness meet, sharing top honors with Horacio Karamanos and Feargal Lynch with seven wins … ranked 12th in wins (14) and purses ($438,428) at Laurel’s winter-spring meet … was 10th in purses ($350,099) and 12th in wins (11) during the summer stand … won Maryland Million Distaff Starter Handicap aboard Miss Nosy.
 
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Ranked seventh in the local standings with 58 wins in first full year of riding…won Claiming Crown Emerald Preview with Music Critik, one of three winners on the day for trainer Lacey Gaudet…ranked in the top nine at Laurel’s summer and fall meets…had 29 wins and $734,809 in purse earnings in the fall…one of three finalists for the Eclipse Award as leading apprentice with 67 wins and $1.46 million in purse earnings … rode his first race Aug. 22, 2015 at Finger Lakes in Canandaigua, N.Y. and notched his first winner three days later aboard Aly’s Favorite Boy…moved tack to Aqueduct that November and then to Maryland in December…….ended his apprenticeship Oct. 23, 2016 with 79 wins and purse earnings of $1.69 million…won two races at Laurel on his first day as a journeyman.
 
PERSONAL: son of jockey Oscar Gomez, who rode in Guatemala and on the NYRA circuit before becoming a Finger Lakes regular in 2009…emigrated from Guatemala in 2007 to be near his father…agent is ex-rider Frank Douglas, a winner of more than 1,200 races from 1981-2003.