02/14/2013 5:40PM

Aqueduct: Dominguez hopes to resume riding in March

Barbara D. Livingston
Ramon Dominguez is optimistic he can begin galloping horses in the morning within three weeks.

OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Jockey Ramon Dominguez said Thursday he is hopeful to receive clearance in three weeks to begin getting on horses in the morning, which could pave the way for him to return to race-riding in mid-to-late March.

Dominguez, who sustained a fractured skull in a riding accident at Aqueduct on Jan. 18, has continued to make significant strides in his recovery, impressing all of his doctors.

“So far, all the doctors, whenever I ask them how long I will be out, they were not able to respond because I guess it was too early,” Dominguez said. “But everybody says you will make a full recovery very quick; you’re doing better than you’re supposed to at this point. Everybody seems very optimistic.”

Dominguez was released from the Burke Rehabilitation Hospital on Feb. 6 and has been doing a variety of physical, occupational, and speech/recognition therapies the past week at a local clinic. Dominguez said that after his first session his physical therapist told him there is nothing more he can do for him because “my physical level is pretty high.”

Dominguez said he would continue to do the other therapies – while perhaps seeking another physical therapist – for three more weeks before meeting with his doctors at Burke – Barry Jordan and Mark Herceg – who could give him clearance to exercise horses at that time.

“If you ask me personally, without knowing the doctors, I feel capable physically of doing it right now – I feel that good,” Dominguez said.

Dominguez’s voice sounded stronger and he appeared even better physically than when he spoke to Daily Racing Form on Feb. 5, the day before he was released from Burke.

Obviously, the key to when Dominguez can return to ride races is dependent on how he feels – physically and mentally – after galloping or breezing horses in the morning.

“I feel as fit as I could be, but I know of course that’s deceiving,” he said. “By the time I get on a horse – God-willing when the doctors say I can go back and exercise horses in the morning and also start jogging – that will help, but nothing really compares to actually riding a race.”

Dominguez, the three-time reigning Eclipse Award winner, was at Belmont on Thursday to tape an interview with the New York Racing Association – which launched its new website on Thursday. Parts of the interview will air on HRTV on Friday.

Though he was at the track, Dominguez did not visit any horsemen, but said he plans to do so beginning next week. He also said he has not watched the replay of the spill in which he was involved – or almost any other race, for that matter – and has spent most of his free time playing video games with his sons Alexander and Matthew.

“Of course I have so much passion for the sport and what I do, but it doesn’t really help me mentally to watch races,” he said.

Dearly Precious lineup adds True Fortune

The Dearly Precious, postponed to Sunday when the Feb. 9 card was canceled due to a snowstorm, picked up a new player at entry time in the form of True Fortune.

The other five fillies who were originally entered all entered back, though they drew new post positions.

From the rail out, the field is: True Fortune, Elighayoor, Cubicle Queen, Railtown Girl, Kiss the Lady, and Maggiesfreuddnslip.


Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No one can advise someone to abandon their passion for safety reasons. Ramon could not have come closer to a permanent Neuro injury then he did. Personally I would find another way to be in the sport without riding again. He has been a great rider for a long time. There are many great things to do in this world. Good luck and best of health to you, no matter the choice.
Jd Staton More than 1 year ago
ole ramon will be back just in time to go to meydon and win the world cup on animal kingdom or little mike bet on it
scott benson More than 1 year ago
With the purses at aqueduct and ramon always getting live mounts i dont blame him all for wanting to ride a lot of races.
Gunner More than 1 year ago
To see Ramon "up", again, should be the goal. Thoughts and prayers, as always. cue: "It's My Life" - if you must.
Randy More than 1 year ago
Ramon, we pray for your speedy recovery.
Mel Leonard More than 1 year ago
YAY Ramon, God Bless you and Godspeed!!
Bruce Baudoux More than 1 year ago
Ramon is going to turn into Halo freak on the Xbox, enjoy you're time off senor.
Robert Tuccille More than 1 year ago
well i hope now ramon your stop riding the cheap n bad horses leav e that for the young jocks...n go to fl for the winter we know u save all ur mooney so ur not hurting for $$$...
raymond More than 1 year ago
This is for Alexander, Matthew and Sharon, you have the greatest dad anyone can ever have. Take good care of him and never forget he loves you beyond anything in life and all he does, he does for you guys. God Bless Ramon and Godspeed.
Guy More than 1 year ago
This is stunning. What is the hurry? But it is his choice and god speed to you Ramon.
LeslieH0101 More than 1 year ago
IMO the Derby is why