12/21/2012 5:01PM

Aqueduct notes: Dominguez returns Wednesday

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Barbara D. Livingston
Ramon Dominguez will finish 2012 as the leading rider on the New York Racing Association circuit for the fourth straight year.

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - When last seen in New York, Ramon Dominguez was celebrating his 36th birthday on Nov. 24 winning five races at Aqueduct, including three graded stakes. The following day, he rode at Hollywood Park.

Dominguez has not ridden since Nov. 25 because of a badly bruised foot suffered earlier in November. Dominguez is scheduled to return Wednesday at Aqueduct, where he is named on six horses, including Saratoga Snacks in the $75,000 Alex Robb Stakes.

Dominguez will finish 2012 as the leading rider on the New York Racing Association circuit for the fourth straight year. He has won 309 races at Aqueduct, Belmont and Saratoga, and missed two months because of injuries. Cornelio Velasquez and Javier Castellano are tied for second on this circuit with 178 winners.

Dominguez has spent the last week in Italy, where he and his wife have family.

Leading trainer down to wire

Beginning with Wednesday’s card there are six days remaining in the calendar year and there are four individuals with a chance to be leading trainer on this circuit.

Entering Wednesday’s card, David Jacobson and Richard Dutrow Jr. are tied with 106 wins apiece with Todd Pletcher one behind with 105. Rudy Rodriguez has 101, but he’s already demonstrated the ability to win races in bunches, having gone 6 for 11 in the first week of the inner-track season.

“I think I have enough ammunition, but I don’t know what they have,” said Jacobson, who will send out the probable favorite, Saginaw, in Wednesdays’ Alex Robb. “Those are some tough names that you mentioned. I’ll keep doing what I’m doing, and if I get lucky and win that’d be terrific.”

Rodriguez’s primary owner, Michael Dubb, enters the final week of the meet with a 65-57 lead over Drawing Away Stable for leading owner on this circuit. Mike Repole (45), Klaravich Stables (42) and Winning Move Stable (34) round out the top five.

Elijah Allison More than 1 year ago
woot woot, im putting 100 on your first mount back brotha, hope its a good one!!!
David G. More than 1 year ago
Hope all the other jockey's and their agents had fun scooping up the extra purses while RD was gone for a month. Consider it a Xmas bonus from Mr. Dominguez and company. Party's over comes Wednesday. Welcome back Ramon.
Patricia Doyle More than 1 year ago
yeah but the party is also over for us, the bettors as $4.60 for win will be back too. Don't get me wrong, I think RD is a great rider but I kind of liked the surprise $68.00 or more wins.
laura ban More than 1 year ago
I wish him the best. You can't beat Italy for some good R&R!
raymond More than 1 year ago
Welcome Back Ramon.