03/10/2013 6:27PM

Aqueduct: Dominguez hoping to be exercising horses in two weeks

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Ramon Dominguez (right) talks with Mike Luzzi on Sunday during his first visit to Aqueduct since being injured on Jan. 18.

Jockey Ramon Dominguez, injured in a spill at Aqueduct on Jan. 18, said Sunday he hopes to get clearance to begin exercising horses in the mornings in two weeks.

Dominguez, the reigning three-time Eclipse Award-winning rider, visited Aqueduct Sunday for the first time since his spill at that track, in which he suffered a fractured skull.

Dominguez told the New York Racing Association that his next appointment with his doctors is March 25, at which time he hopes to get clearance to begin getting on horses in the mornings

“I’m pretty optimistic that he will find me good enough to come back,” Dominguez said. “From that point on, if he okays me, it will just be a matter of getting fit again, and that shouldn’t take too long. I’m speculating, but it depends on what they say, and on the 25th we’ll see.”

Should Dominguez get the green light at that time to start riding in the morning, it is likely he would be able to ride in the afternoons in time for the April 6 Wood Memorial card at Aqueduct.

Dominguez, 36, was hospitalized for 20 days following the spill, spending time at three different facilities. He was released from the Burke Rehabilitation Hospital in White Plains, N.Y., on Feb. 6 and has been doing therapy on an outpatient basis since then.

“Unless they’re lying to me, everyone is happy not only with my condition but with the progress I’ve made in a short period of time,” Dominguez said. “In the beginning, I felt like, ‘I’m okay! I don’t need this!’ but right away I realized I was getting a lot of help from all of the different types of exercises.”
 

Jello More than 1 year ago
Ramon I wish you all the luck in your recovery, Just take it slow, I sure have missed you riding. When you get back do me a favor, Get those Ortiz brothers for me. Dave Aguirre Berkeley CA.. Be strong Ramon...
Fred Robertson More than 1 year ago
If Ramon can come back this quickly I wonder if he would get back on Revolutionary should be end up in the Derby.
Jd Staton More than 1 year ago
i would love to see ramon come back in a couple weeks find a last minute derby mount and smoke em. that would be a great return to work
Robert Tuccille More than 1 year ago
stop ride in 10clm's n that is why he when down few stake horses break and in a big race...
Alex More than 1 year ago
Look at old Luzz in that photo. I remember when he had a full head of hair.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The old saying is true "ya can't keep a good man down".
Luca Brazi More than 1 year ago
Ramon, get well, take your time coming back. Thanks for giving my grandkids a thrill at Saratoga last summer. Talking to them and signing hats and books for them. My 7 year old grandson is still talking about it. God bless
William More than 1 year ago
Very happy to see you well.
Julie Gregory More than 1 year ago
glad to see big daddy seems ready to come back. its just sucks such a hard working and liked guy gets hurt and out of work this time of year. needless to say this vacation has cost him a fortune in purse money. oh well theres next year
Bruce Baudoux More than 1 year ago
Check out Ramon's earnings for 2012. I doubt a month or two off hurts his bank account that much. Time well spent with his wife and children. Relax senior, back in the saddle again soon.
Ramish More than 1 year ago
Ramon i so happy to see u coming back to riding i miss u so much at Aqueduct God is watching over u my brother also i will still pray for u and your family