01/08/2013 7:45PM

2012 Eclipse Awards: Ramon Dominguez

photo by: Michael Amoruso

Ramon Dominguez is a finalist to win a third consecutive Eclipse Award for outstanding jockey after a 2012 season in which he set a record for purse earnings by a rider in a single year. Dominguez’s mounts racked up $25,582,252, besting the mark of $23,354,960 set by Jerry Bailey in 2003. Dominguez achieved the record on Nov. 9.

“It’s one those personal accomplishments you dream about,” he told Daily Racing Form.
Dominguez, 36, won 341 races from 1,398 starts last year to rank second in wins in North America – despite missing about a month and a half of action because of injury on two separate occasions. Of his wins, 10 came in Grade 1 races, including two with his flagship mount, Little Mike.

Dominguez guided Little Mike to a wire-to-wire win in the Arlington Million on Aug. 18. Just two starts later, the pair rallied from off the pace to upset the Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita on Nov. 3.
Back home in New York, Dominguez had a Grade 1 double at Aqueduct on Nov. 24. He guided Stay Thirsty to a nose win over Groupie Doll in the Cigar Mile and also captured the Gazelle with Dance Card. In addition, Dominguez won the Grade 2 Remsen on the same program, with Overanalyze.

Dominguez, who led all riders in wins on the New York Racing Association circuit in 2012, also had a memorable Saratoga. He won six races on a card twice during the meet, which helped him set a single-season record for wins with 68. Dominguez also captured a share of the Travers aboard dead-heat winner Alpha.

Justo Guevara More than 1 year ago
A Ramón Domínguez, recibe nuestras muestras de amistad y atención por tu salud. Deseamos que te recuperes rápido y pronto estés aplicando las dosis de cocuy de culebra ciega hembra. Ah, y felicitaciones por el Eclipse que será un costumbre consecutiva por toda una década, si Dios quiere. Abrazos. Amigos de Barquisimeto, rosalio montero e itamar montero
Monserrat More than 1 year ago
no speaking much spanish,
Monserrat More than 1 year ago
congratulations from venezuela, caracas
Nicole Proulx More than 1 year ago
does anyone know where you can find the recap video of the awards i had to work last night and missed it
Cathy More than 1 year ago
Best rider in the country, period!
NikitaW More than 1 year ago
Ramon should win hands down! I'm curious, it does not say, who else was nominated for best jockey?
Bruce Baudoux More than 1 year ago
Obvious winner, head and shoulders above any other rider in New York.
Joel Price More than 1 year ago
On his way to 5000 wins in many less overall races than any other Jock to reach 5000. Historically one of the BEST!