01/26/2013 1:35PM

Aqueduct: Dominguez out of intensive care; rehabilitation possibilities under discussion

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Barbara D. Livingston
Ramon Dominguez is no longer in intensive care but is still not allowed to have visitors.

Ramon Dominguez, who continues to progress in his recovery from a slightly displaced skull fracture at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center in Manhattan, was transferred Thursday from the neurological intensive care onit to a medical step-down unit.

“The step-down unit is an intermediate location between the ICU and a regular, inpatient room,” said his wife, Sharon Dominguez, in a press release issued by the New York Racing Association on Saturday afternoon.

“Ramon’s doctors say he is recovering well, and we’re beginning to discuss his rehab options.”

Currently, there is no timetable for Dominguez’s release, and doctors have prohibited him from having visitors.

“We’re so appreciative of everyone’s support, thoughts and prayers,” Sharon Dominguez said. “Many people have also given generously in Ramon’s name to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund, which is a cause he has always been passionate about. Those vital donations provide financial assistance to permanently disabled riders, and we would encourage anyone who wishes to show support for Ramon to donate at www.pdjf.org.”

Dominguez was injured when his mount, Convocation, clipped heels nearing the quarter pole of the seventh race at Aqueduct on Friday, Jan. 18. He was unseated and appeared to be struck by a trailing horse. On Tuesday, he was moved from Jamaica Medical Center Hospital in Queens, N.Y. to New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center in Manhattan.

The leading rider in New York the past four years, Dominguez was honored with his third straight Eclipse Award after winning 341 races and a record $25,582,252 in 2012.

Tom More than 1 year ago
“We’re expecting a 100 percent recovery on all levels.”
Marc Felizzi More than 1 year ago
What a great guy- won on Glacken's Mark at my sons' and my birthday race in 2006. Always has time for a nice word, our family's prayers are with you and your family, Ramon, get well soon.
Juan Barrientos More than 1 year ago
I'm glad to read that he is getting better, i hope his promply recovering, best wishes always. best regards to the family
Tom More than 1 year ago
After reading all of the posts in this story, I get the impression that a overwhelming number of you don't want Ramon to be able to ever ride again, just so you can brag and say see I told you so. One post even attacked his wife for her lack of information. You people make me sick, I only hope that his family is too busy to read all of your crap, I am sure that they would not feel very good about all of the negative posts. The guy who called you "amateur neurosurgeons" had it right.
Nicholas Briglia More than 1 year ago
Can't help but think of Mike Venezia when you see accidents like this. Ramon is lucky to be alive. Riding can wait.
Luis E Astacio More than 1 year ago
Keep getting better CHAMP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Slow and easy, Jock. Get it right the first time.
JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
You have my continued prayers for a complete recovery, Ramon. May you gain strength and fortitude, and have a swift, steady recovery from this point forward. We all stand in solidarity with you in your fight for your regained excellent health.
Michael Castellano More than 1 year ago
Get well soon Ramon! Jockeys risk their lives everyday riding over a thousand pounds of beast which at any moment can break down or do something crazy. Those of us who go to the races know how dangerous the sport is. Who among us has not seen a rider go down? Name me a regular rider who has not gone down? They,along with the horses they ride, risk their lives every day for our entertainment.
Bellwether4U More than 1 year ago
ps... sorry bout the spelling...BETTER HELMET!!!...& hope He gets back real SOON!!!...ty...