03/21/2012 2:12PM

Aqueduct: Injured Dominguez may return as soon as March 31


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Jockey Ramon Dominguez will likely miss only two weeks of riding and is expected back in time to ride Hansen in the $1 million Wood Memorial at Aqueduct on April 7.

Dominguez, the two-time Eclipse Award winning rider, suffered a separation of his collarbone after being involved in a spill Sunday at Aqueduct. Dominguez had an MRI performed on Tuesday in Manhattan and Dr. Stephen O’Brien, an orthopedic surgeon for the Hospital of Special Services, told Dominguez he may only have to miss a week.

With entries taken so far out, however, it is likely the earliest Dominguez would ride is March 31, which happens to be Florida Derby Day at Gulfstream Park.

Dominguez said Wednesday he would do nothing for a week “and see how it progresses.” Dominguez said he had more mobility on Wednesday than he had the previous day.

Overall, Dominguez was upbeat at the prognosis of being able to come back so soon after he thought had suffered a broken collarbone that might cost him a chance to ride in the Kentucky Derby.

“I went from thinking I had a broken bone to him saying I could ride in a week,” Dominguez said.

Dominguez has won the last two Eclipse Awards as North America’s outstanding jockey. Through Tuesday, he was the leading rider in wins (90) and purse money won ($4.8 million). In addition to Hansen, Dominguez is the regular rider of defending Horse of the Year Havre de Grace and Mucho Macho Man, among the leaders in the older male division.