02/04/2013 7:28PM

Aqueduct: Dominguez begins rehabilitation program for brain injury

Barbara D. Livingston
It is uncertain how long Ramon Dominguez will have to remain at his rehabilitation facility.

Jockey Ramon Dominguez has begun a brain injury rehabilitation program at a hospital in White Plains, N.Y., as he continues to recover from a fractured skull he suffered in a spill at Aqueduct last month.

Last Wednesday, Dominguez was transferred from New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center in Manhattan to the Burke Rehabilitation Hospital. It is uncertain how long he will have to remain at Burke.

"Ramon continues to do well and is improving every day," Sharon Dominguez, Ramon's wife, said in a press release issued through the New York Racing Association. "He was transferred to Burke on Wednesday, completed initial evaluations on Thursday, and started a brain injury rehabilitation program on Friday.

"As Ramon takes the next steps in his treatment, he and I would like to thank everyone again for the continued support and prayers." Dominguez added. "Although his injury will take time to heal, Ramon is on the road to a full recovery."

Dominguez, 36, was injured in a spill at Aqueduct on Jan. 18 when the horse he was riding, Convocation, clipped heels with a horse in front of him and fell, hurling Dominguez to the ground.

Dominguez spent five days in Jamaica Medical Center Hospital near Aqueduct before being transferred on Jan. 22 to New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell.

Dominguez was moved out of the intensive care unit of New York-Presbyterian on Jan. 24 before moving to Burke last week.

On Jan. 19, Dominguez was honored with his third straight Eclipse Award as North America's outstanding jockey. In 2012, he set a single-year North American earnings record with $25.6 million. He has been the leading rider on the New York Racing Association circuit for the last four years.


Arthur Cooper More than 1 year ago
It was great working with you this past summer in Saratoga. You are a true gentleman and a superb jockey. Please hurry back to Saratoga. Our thoughts and prayers are with you everyday for your speedy and complete recovery. God Bless you and keep your family encouraged.
Patricia Doyle More than 1 year ago
Ramon, I KNOW you will fully recover. I would expect no less from you. I would also like to mention that Mrs Dominguez deserves a lot of credit too. She is a true partner. It is obvious that there is a lot of love there and that will surely help Ramon heal. Hope to see you at Saratoga this summer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Based on what i have read, and hopefully assuming that this is not smoke being puffed, I would bet that Ramon will be ready for the Saratoga meet.
Tammy Taylor More than 1 year ago
Mr. Dominguez I hope you feel better soon . I go to off track betting every Saterday and its just not the same with you not riding. You put much food on my table and I thank you for that. God be with you and hurry back you are truly missed.
Forego137 More than 1 year ago
Get well soon and its time to hang up the tack before something more serious happens. Think of your wife children and the rest of your family and find another profession to make a living.
Tom More than 1 year ago
“We’re expecting a 100 percent recovery on all levels.”
Ed More than 1 year ago
Get Well .My prays go out to you.
Thomas Anderson More than 1 year ago
May God bless all of those who have been injured, while trying to make a better life for their families. I love this sport and those who risk their lives to live it.
Josh Robillard More than 1 year ago
Wishing Rajiv Maragh a full recovery my prayers are with you and your family best of luck Rajiv you are a top class rider
Josh Robillard More than 1 year ago
My prayers our with you Ramon and pay no attion to the idiot that said aleast he is not burning up tickets on short priced fav. it is there choice to bet not yours it is no buddys fault that the gamblers lose they arte the ones chosing to gamble best of luck and hope to see you back in the saddle again Josh Robillard from Canada