Updated on 03/21/2012 2:09PM

Aqueduct: Dominguez will miss time after suffering separated collarbone

Barbara D. Livingston
Jockey Ramon Dominguez suffered a separated collarbone in a spill Sunday at Aqueduct.

Jockey Ramon Dominguez, the two-time reigning Eclipse Award winner, suffered a separated – but not fractured – collarbone and will miss an undetermined amount of time as the result of a spill in Sunday’s eighth race at Aqueduct.

Meanwhile, apprentice jockey Samuel Camacho Jr., involved in the same spill, was uninjured and is expected to ride Wednesday at Aqueduct. Both jockeys were released from North Shore University Hospital about 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

Dominguez told Daily Racing Form that he is not in any pain, but is wearing a sling designed to keep the separation from getting any worse. Dominguez said doctors told him recovery time from a separation is less than a fracture – which is typically six to eight weeks – but they wouldn’t speculate on how long he’d be out of action.

Dominguez said he was hopeful of seeing a specialist Monday in New York City to get a better idea of how much time he will miss.

“I’m hoping two or three weeks, but what am I going to do? I have no control over it,” Dominguez said by phone. “I’m thankful the horse didn’t break down – which I thought she did – and that I didn’t get hurt worse.”

Dominguez, 35, is the regular rider of defending Horse of the Year Havre de Grace, whom he guided to victory in Saturday’s New Orleans Ladies Stakes at Fair Grounds, in that mare’s 5-year-old debut.

Dominguez also is the regular rider of Hansen, last year’s 2-year-old champion and among the top prospects for this year’s Kentucky Derby. Hansen is expected to make his next start in the $1 million Wood Memorial at Aqueduct on April 7. It is then four weeks to the Kentucky Derby on May 5.

“Right away, the first thing that comes to mind is the 3-year-olds,” said Dominguez, who also rides Alpha, the Withers winner. “But I’m just glad I didn’t get hurt any worse.”

Prior to the spill, Dominguez had won three races on Sunday’s card, including a victory aboard Flat Bold in the Time Tested Stakes, where Dominguez patiently waited for running room and pounced when it availed itself inside the sixteenth pole. Dominguez won his fifth consecutive inner track riding title with 104 victories.

In the eighth, Dominguez was aboard Mob Wife who led until about 50 yards from the wire, before she stumbled and fell, hurling Dominguez over her head and to the ground.

Suave N Sassy, a trailing horse with Camacho up, barreled into Mob Wife, unseating Camacho.

That spill came one race after two horses were vanned off in the seventh. Smartie Bobbi was pulled up before the finish line and was diagnosed with a slab fracture to her left knee. The 5-year-old mare, trained by Juan Serey, was still alive as of late Sunday afternoon.
Honorable Truth, an 8-year-old mare trained and owned by Diane Balsamo and making her first start since last June, was vanned off after finishing fifth. She was reported to have been lame.

Sunday was the final day of racing over Aqueduct’s inner track. Since the meet started Nov. 30, there have been 18 racing fatalities.
NYRA officials announced last Wednesday that racing would be moved to the main track this coming Wednesday, two weeks earlier than scheduled.

Wednesday’s card will include a pick-six carryover of $40,342 after the wager went unhit Sunday.

Candy Blumfield More than 1 year ago
Racing is much better without Dominguez..I hope he stays hurt.
Jarvis More than 1 year ago
Go kill yourself Candy. How can you say that?
gogofan1 More than 1 year ago
Dear Mr. Grening, It sounds like to me that the switch to the main dirt track can't come at a better time. In fact in my opinion somebody should be looking at the inner dirt track to see if there's a problem with it which is causing all these spills/deaths/injuries. Sincerely, Kyle Stasierowski 27-year-old loyal TVG viewer, HRTV Live Feed viewer, and TVG Community member from Alden, New York
Maria Kern More than 1 year ago
From newyorkdailynews.com on Mar 14, 2012, "Cuomo, meanwhile, called for the New York Racing Association to hire an outside investigator to look into the deaths of 16 horses, including one Wednesday, since racing began on the inner-dirt track on Nov. 30." What is going on? Sixteen deaths as of last week is too many accidents.
Thomas Karpinski More than 1 year ago
Frankie Morgan More than 1 year ago
i hate horse racing
Blaine MacMillan More than 1 year ago
Cheap, lame horses running over a winterized surface in unseasonably WARM weather is a R/X for DISASTER. NYRA better hope the breakdowns don't continue with the move to the main track on Wednesday. Nobody likes to see that kinda tragic stuff happen.
Hal Lenox More than 1 year ago
New York better examine their whole program as they are really beginning to be the step child of the industry. OTB , tracks, doping, incompetent management, political pressures and leadership.. Even the Vets, trainers. Whats going on ?
Slew32A More than 1 year ago
Theres nothing wrong with the inner track. They've been running on it for 20 years. This was probably a freak accident as he was in deep stretch. The problems been alot of broken down slobs have been running. It's an economic problem. Owners looking to get out. What are they supposed to do, just eat it, especally if they think they can get a purse. The track vets have to do their work. Unfortunatly whether for good or other reasons usually they screw up a race scratching a horse at the gate resulting in screwing the bettors with conso picks. The vets know who the shaky horses are put them on a no run list. The vets and the track are the governing bodies they have to police it.
Dave Mckenna More than 1 year ago
aqueduct has had the inner track for 37 years , but yes its true these races are now at lower level regardless of what the conditons of the race may be.
Fred Reardon More than 1 year ago
On further review it was | State Bred | Fillies | 3 Year Olds, so SHE got tired, lost HER action, and threw Ramon. Coulda been worse. Glad it wasn't. Hope everyone gets back to the "Winner's Circle" real soon.
Fred Reardon More than 1 year ago
I just happened to be watching the race live and it looked like the horse got tired, lost his action, and with Ramon up over his shoulders, when he took a short stride, Ramon catapulted forward. It looks like things will work out fine here. Good luck to all involved.