05/27/2011 4:40PM

Belmont: Dominguez taken to hospital after spill


Eclipse Award-winning jockey Ramon Dominguez was taken to North Shore University Hospital in nearby Manhasset after he was thrown from his mount, Ms Stilleto, in Friday’s sixth race at Belmont Park.

Though Dominguez got up right away from what looked to be a violent spill, and was described as "very stable" by New York Racing Association officials, he went to North Shore for a precautionary examination.

The spill occurred early on down the backside of the one-mile turf race when Dominguez’s mount appeared to bump with Starjetta, ridden by Rajiv Maragh.

Dominguez’s saddle appeared to slip and after another bump with Starjetta, Dominguez was unseated. He hit the ground hard and tumbled several times, and at first glance it looked as though he got trampled by a trailing horse or two. But upon further review, that was not the case. Dominguez got up immediately and walked to the waiting ambulance which took him to the track’s First Aid.

Dominguez, who leads the country in wins this year with 146, had to take off his final three mounts on Friday’s card. Earlier in the day, Dominguez won the second race aboard Networking ($3.10), which has him one win behind both Javier Castellano and Cornelio Velasquez, who each won one race on Friday’s card.