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Updated on 11/28/2012 6:00PM
Aqueduct: Dominguez will take a month off to allow bruised foot to heal
OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Like most athletes, jockey Ramon Dominguez doesn’t tend to dwell on his accomplishments as they are happening. Reflection usually comes during times of respite.
Unfortunately for Dominguez, he will have ample time to reflect on what has been another sensational season for the 36-year-old jockey as he will take off the next month due to a bruised left foot.
Dominguez confirmed Wednesday that he won’t ride again until Dec. 26. Dominguez said he first hurt the foot coming out of the gate on Desert Sunny, whom he rode to victory in a division of the New York Stallion Stakes at Aqueduct on Nov. 14.
Dominguez said the foot didn’t bother him as he was riding – he went 21 for 62 with two five-win days since the incident – but it did hinder him as he walked. Also, with the injury being to his left foot, it would sometimes get aggravated during post parades by bumping with the pony that would accompany him.
“It hasn’t got much better so I went and took an X-ray and while it wasn’t broken the doctor said it was a pretty bad bruise,” said Dominguez, who saw his doctor on Monday. “He recommended me to take some time off to let it heal.”
The break from riding will enable Dominguez to spend time with his wife and two children but will also allow him to reflect on what is likely to be a third straight Eclipse Award-winning year.
In 2012, Dominguez set a single-year record for purse money earned by a jockey with $25,132,486. True, he was aided by the slots-infused increase in purse money in New York.
However, consider that Dominguez missed three weeks of action due to a broken collarbone sustained on March 18 and then went 0 for 26 in his first three weeks back from the injury. Now, he will miss three weeks of action at the New York Racing Association, which will take a nine-day hiatus beginning Dec. 17.
Dominguez has 328 wins, which ranks him second behind only Russell Baze. He will be the leading rider on the NYRA circuit for the fourth consecutive year as his 309 wins are 138 more than Javier Castellano.
Dominguez won riding titles at the Belmont sprint and fall meets and set a single-meet record of 68 wins at Saratoga, where he twice rode six winners on the card.
At the current Aqueduct meet, Dominguez has 32 wins, double that of his closest pursuer, Joel Rosario. Last Saturday, he won five races on the card, including three graded stakes.
In 2012, Dominguez won a single-year best 28 graded stakes, including 10 Grade 1’s.
“I’m very, very happy with the way my year went,” Dominguez said. “This year was a little better than last year, which was a really great year.”
Among the milestones Dominguez has to look forward to in 2013 is the fact he will most likely join the elite 5,000-win club in the first quarter of the year. He currently has 4,953 victories.
My Favorite Jockey next to Ryan Fogelsonger get well quick. I need the money
Ramon better start looking over his shoulder because West Coast transplant Joel Rosario is poised to replace Ramon as the leading rider in NY. Get well soon because if you don't Joel will replacing you sooner than you think. Go Joel ! ! ! !
To Amy ...I agree ...but classy only scratches the surface of what Ramon is. Ramon is first a great family man...second a first class horseman...third the best ambassador horse racing has...we saw him develope at Delaware Park...always a smile for everyone at the paddock area...we miss him here but are excited for him and his family for their great success.......and to Russell...Ramon stays in New York because of his family...but when the best trainers and the best horses in Florida and California need the best Jockey this winter...they call on Ramon because is the closest thing I ever saw to Jerry Bailey...good luck to my hero ..and I've been around a long time...
My fiancee and I had a chance to meet Ramon when we were in the barn area at Saratoga this past summer. We saw him at Chad Brown's barn and I approached him and asked if I might have a picture taken with him. What a great guy! No airs or anything at all like that. It is so refreshing in this age of celebrity to meet someone of his status who is so down to earth and just plain likeable. He had already won me over by his riding skills a while ago but he won us both over as a nice human being that day!
I'm always amazed at how fast a jockey heals! A bruise doesn't sound bad but they do take time to heal correctly. A real bonus for him getting the extra time with family. He's been busy, some time off is well deserved!
Get well soon, Ramon! A very classy, humble individual and one of my favorite jockeys.
Take your time and heal well, my friend. Richie Glazier and Chief Keepumondaturf wish you all the best, Rob :)
sounds like a tendon tear. possibly the peroneal tendon.
Guess there will be a lot of favorites for some of the other jocks to ride for a month.
Get healthy Jock. Buen suerte y Felice Navidad...
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