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Updated on 01/20/2013 1:03AM
Aqueduct: CAT scan reveals Dominguez has a skull fracture following Friday spill
OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Jockey Ramon Dominguez suffered a fractured skull after being involved in a spill during the running of Friday's seventh race at Aqueduct, according to his agent Steve Rushing. Dominguez remained hospitalized in the intensive care unit at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, where he was listed in critical condition on Friday night.
It was unclear how long he would be hospitalized and when he would be able to ride again. Before the results of a CAT scan revealed the skull fracture, Dominguez had originally been diagnosed with a bruise over his right eye.
Dominguez was sitting behind horses aboard 4-5 favorite Convocation in Friday's seventh race. Coming to the top of the stretch, Convocation clipped heels with Sovereign Default, prompting Convocation to fall forward and hurling Dominguez hard to the inner dirt course.
A trailing horse, Straight Fax, jumped over Convocation, but it wasn't clear whether or not that horse clipped Dominguez.
Dominguez was hurriedly placed on a stretcher and into an ambulance and taken directly to Jamaica, the closest hospital to Aqueduct.
Convocation, who raced for Todd Pletcher and owner Mike Repole and who was claimed out of the race by David Jacobson, appeared to escape the incident unharmed.
Dominguez, who earlier in the day picked up career victory 4,984, is the two-time defending Eclipse Award winning rider. He was expected to receive his third straight Eclipse Award on Saturday night at an awards ceremony at Gulfstream Park.
In 2012, Dominguez set a North American earnings record with $25,582,252. He won 341 races from 1,398 mounts despite missing nearly two months because of a neck injury in the spring and a foot injury in the fall.
QUE TE SIGAS MEJORANDO RAMON, ERES EL ORGULLO DE TODOS LOS HIPICOS VENEZOLANOS...SEGUIMOS ORANDO POR TU TOTAL RECUPERACION..
Hoping and praying you get done for speeding on the Road to Recovery. kieranoconnellracing.com
We are reminded with each gut-wrenching accident how incredibly courageous these amazing athletes are, as over and over again, each and every day they race throughout the entire year, they risk life and limb as they maneuver in and out at high speeds, aboard the other great athletes that grace the sport we love! I, too, am appalled that no mention of Ramon's accident was even made in brief during any of the "news" saturated Sportscenters yesterday or today! For those of us fortunate enough to have seen Ramon on a regular basis, we know that he's a true gentleman and represents our often maligned sport with tremendous grace, dignity and humility. May God bless Ramon & Sharon & the kids during his recovery, and may those close by who have the wherewithal to do so, make sure he receives the top notch medical attention as he so richly deserves, and as any other Superstar athlete, much less in NYC, would get without question!
Knowing the first class athlete Ramon is I am sure once he heals he will be back with a riding vengence. What troubles me is that very little is discussed on the NYRA , TVG, and HRTV TV programs about his diagnosis and recovery road. In the NFL, NBA and Baseball reams of media reports deluge the airways about a first class athelete's condition. Jockeys are just as important and certainly as great athlete as stars/participants in the above named sports. I mean A-rod had an operation and they talked for hrs on talk radio about it.
God speed your recovery, Ramon.
Thoughts and Prayers with Ramon and his family. May you have a speedy recovery.
Joe you are so ignorant. You have no idea what you are talking about. You shouldn't speak until you walked a mile in these athletes riding athletes shoes.
I hope they get Ramon out of that hellhole of a hospital they brought him to (it's closest to Aqueduct). I lived in Queens for many years and that hospital is infamous for its mistakes and criminal element. Ramon deserves the best hospital, so i hope his wife moves him to New York Presbyterian or similar great hospital. My heart goes out to him and i hope he can overcome this and return to the game.
Best wishes for a speedy recovery for Ramon, hate to see anyone get hurt. However it was a terrible terrible ride, approaching the half he could have easily angled out into the 3 path and had clear sailing. Instead he sits in behind 4 horses and recklessly tries to force his way out and clips rear heels with the horse he cuts off. Obviously he received the worst of it, and although no one else was hurt he endangered the lives of other riders in the race. The seriousness of his injuries are penalty enough, however had he not been injured I would hope he would've been suspended.
God Bless Praying for a full recovery
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