Garrett Gomez, a two-time Eclipse Award winner whose career as a jockey was often colored by problems with drugs and alcohol, has died at 44.
According to the Daily Racing Form, citing sources, he died of a drug overdose on Wednesday near Tucson. No law enforcement organization in the area immediately confirmed details of his death.
Gomez officially retired from racing in June 2015 but had been off the track since 2013, when he voluntarily was taken off all his mounts at Santa Anita because of personal problems.
Gomez’s last moment in the national spotlight was in 2010, when he rode Blame to victory over the undefeated and wildly popular mare Zenyatta in the...