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Avelino Gomez

Avelino Gomez
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    Avelino Gomez was born in Havana, Cuba, in 1928. He won his first race in Mexico City when he was 17, but it was in Canada where Gomez made a name for himself.


    Gomez was the leading rider at Woodbine in 1956, 1957, 1960, 1966 and 1967 and led all North American jockeys in wins in 1966. That year, Gomez won on 32 percent of his mounts.


    Gomez won the Queen’s Plate, Canada’s most prestigious race, four times. Other major wins include the Plate Trial (9), Hawthorne Gold Cup Handicap, Auburn Cup Handicap (4), Victoria Stakes (4), Prince of Wales Stakes (2), Breeders’ Stakes (3), Colin Stakes (3), Summer Stakes (5), Dominion Day Stakes (2), Coronation Futurity Stakes (5), Grey Stakes (3), Shady Well Stakes (4), E.P. Taylor Stakes (2) and Frizette.


   Gomez rode many top horses, including Affectionately, Ridan, Victoria Park, tilted Hero, Bupers and Crimson Satan.


    In the 1980 Canadian Oaks, Gomez was fatally injured during a three-horse spill. His mount, Swisskin, broke down and both horse and rider were trampled. Three years earlier, Gomez was inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame.


    Avelino Gomez was inducted into the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame in 1982.