|Rudolph Valier Alvarado
Rudolph Valier Alvarado was selected personally by Garrett Gomez to
assist him in writing the story of his addiction to alcohol and drugs.
Alvarado is a biographer who won the 2008 Dr. Tony Ryan Book
Award for his compelling biography on Joe Hernandez, the voice of
Santa Anita. Alvarado has been writing about history since 1993. He
holds a Fine Arts Ph.D. from Texas Tech University and an M.A. in
history from Eastern Michigan University, where he was a University
Fellow and a Parks/King/Chavez Fellow. His work has been published
by the University of Michigan Press, Arte Publico Press, Alpha Books of
New York, Michigan State University Press, Texas A&M University
Press and California Thoroughbred. He is currently the CEO and
publisher of Caballo Press of Ann Arbor. He is a father of seven and
has been married for over twenty-seven years.
|Garrett Keith Gomez
"Go-Go," as Garrett Gomez is nicknamed, has barely stopped to
breathe in the 24 years since he started winning horse races.
He was North America’s leading rider by money-won for four consecutive years from
2006 to 2009 and won Eclipse Awards as horse racing's outstanding jockey in 2007 and
2008. In 2011, he was awarded the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award and is
currently a finalist for induction into horse racing's hall of fame.
Gomez has been from one end of the United
States to the other, making his mark at Santa Anita Park, Saratoga,
Del Mar, Churchill Downs, Belmont, Keeneland, Arlington Park and
everywhere else in-between. His name and prowess are renowned
internationally: his wins in the 2008 Godolphin Mile and the 2010
Dubai Golden Shaheen further sealed his relationship with the world
racing community, and confirmed that he is a superstar in all four
corners of the Earth.
Before reaching the top of his profession Gomez was an alcoholic and a drug addict.
During his career, he established himself as an up-and-coming jockey, but just as it
seemed as it seemed that the horse racing world was his for the taking he threw it all
away, and retreated into a life where alcohol and drugs dictated his every move.
When Gomez is not on a Thoroughbred
tearing across a finish line and breaking records—he’s out on a
golf course or at home with his children and wife, Pam.