01/21/2013 4:43PM

Aqueduct: Dominguez shows improvement but is still in intensive care

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Barbara D. Livingston
Jockey Ramon Dominguez is closing in on a career milestone of 5,000 victories. He has 4,984.

Three-time Eclipse Award-winning rider Ramon Dominguez, who suffered a slightly displaced skull fracture in a spill at Aqueduct last Friday, showed some improvement over the weekend, but remained in the intensive care unit of Jamaica Medical Center Hospital on Monday.

Updates on the rider’s condition have been limited. On Sunday, Dominguez’s agent, Steve Rushing, in a text to the New York Racing Association, said Dominguez is “slowly progressing each day. He’s talking a little bit more today.”

On Saturday, Rushing said that doctors expressed some optimism in Dominguez’s progress, saying, “They’re optimistic of a full recovery.”

It was unclear what that meant as far as Dominguez’s ability to return to the saddle.

Rushing said there has been no timetable given for Dominguez to be moved out of the intensive care unit or when he could be released from the hospital.

Dominguez, 36, was injured Friday when his mount, Convocation, clipped heels with Sovereign Default approaching the top of the stretch in the seventh race. Convocation fell, hurling Dominguez hard to the inner track. A trailing horse, Straight Fax, hurdled over Convocation, and when he landed may have struck Dominguez in the head.

Dominguez also suffered a badly bruised right eye as a result of the spill.

On Saturday, Dominguez won his third straight Eclipse Award as North America’s leading jockey. In an awards ceremony at Gulfstream Park, fellow jockeys and Eclipse finalists John Velazquez and Javier Castellano picked up the award on behalf of Dominguez.

Dominguez, who has been the leading rider on the New York Racing Association circuit the last four years, is closing in on a career milestone of 5,000 victories. He has 4,984, which ranks him 27th on the all-time list, and his purse earnings of $191,563,097 place him 14th all time.

In 2012, Dominguez set a North American earnings record of $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.

Clark Siminski More than 1 year ago
Take your time in coming back. You have a very loyal fan base. Wishing you a full recovery.
Teri Tablack Popovich More than 1 year ago
Prayers for a full & speedy recovery, Ramon.
Carol Ware More than 1 year ago
Sending lots of prayers and good thoughts to you Ramon.
Robert W More than 1 year ago
Ramon, Sending furlongs of well wishes for a speedy recovery!
SR Vegas More than 1 year ago
Ramon ...slow and steady wins a long race. Continued progress in your recovery and be assured, your fans aren't going anywhere. Sending good thoughts to you and your family. SR Vegas
Milan Milosevic More than 1 year ago
prayers for full recovery and secondarily coming back riding of "Ramon Genius" one of nicest guys in sport
Natasha Ramnarayan-Maraj More than 1 year ago
RAMON YOU ARE THE BEST HOPE TO SEE YOU BACK ON THE TRACK AND GET THAT 5000 WIN / GET WELL SOON GUY AMERICAN RACING STABLE
noocheroni More than 1 year ago
What's more important a good jock or a great agent?
Milan Milosevic More than 1 year ago
good jockeys make good agent, but i don't think good agents make good jockey( probably wont take him)
Abby Fuller More than 1 year ago
like so so many hoping& praying for Ramon's full recovery; really a good and classy individual who has always represented himself and racing very well! Love and Light surrounding
Turnbackthealarm More than 1 year ago
Sending Ramon prayers for a full recovery. Know you have fans who wish you a long healthy pain free life with family and friends.