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Second place finisher Pioneerof the Nile
Second place finisher Pioneerof the Nile in the post parade for the 2009 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs
© Cindy Pierson Dulay
Jockey Garrett Gomez said, "I thought I was sitting on the winner when turning for home. It was just a matter of him going when I asked him to go. He was pulling and traveling well. I haven't had a trip like that in the Kentucky Derby. He pulled to the 1/4 pole and it was a nice feeling. Like I said, when I turned for home, I thought I was going to win my first Derby."