11/12/2012 11:13AM

Dominguez breaks record for annual earnings by a jockey

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Barbara D. Livingston
Entering the week, Ramon Dominguez's mounts have earned $23,739,189, breaking the record held by Jerry Bailey.

With no fanfare, Ramon Dominguez set the record for most purses earned by a jockey in one year when he guided Smokin Candy to a second-place finish in a $25,000 claiming race on Friday at Aqueduct, according to records maintained by Equibase.

With the $7,680 second-place purse, Dominguez surpassed the record of $23,354,960, set in 2003 by Jerry Bailey, by approximately $3,500. By the time the weekend was over, Dominguez had added another $400,000 in earnings to the record, finishing Sunday’s card at Aqueduct with $23,739,189 in purse earnings.

On Monday, Dominguez said that he was aware he was approaching the record but that he had lost track of the figure after the Breeders’ Cup weekend on Nov. 2-3.

“It feels great,” Dominguez said. “It’s one of those personal accomplishments that you dream about.”

Entering the week, Dominguez had 306 wins this year, 100 more than when Bailey set the record in 2003. While Bailey was picking his spots judiciously at that point of his career – he set the record with just 776 mounts – Dominguez remains one of the busiest riders in racing, with 1,299 mounts this year, second to Javier Castellano among leading riders.

In addition, Dominguez has been based in New York the entire year, riding on a circuit where the already high purses have been further buoyed by payments from a casino located at Aqueduct. The top three riders by earnings this year all ride on the New York circuit.

“I really don’t like to compare my record with Jerry’s,” Dominguez said. “They were really different eras. The money is just so much better right now.”

Dominguez has topped the earnings list for the past two years and is virtually assured of topping the list again this year. His nearest competitor is Castellano with $20,567,123 in earnings, also through Sunday.

During Breeders’ Cup weekend, Dominguez won the $3 million Breeders’ Cup Turf on Little Mike, adding $1.62 million to his earnings this year.

The last rider to exceed $23 million in earnings was Garrett Gomez, who in 2008 just missed breaking Bailey’s record by a little over $10,000.

Dominguez said he plans to take a break when Aqueduct closes for a nine-day period prior to Christmas this year. But other than that holiday, he plans to ride every day at Aqueduct through the end of 2012.

“Riding a lot is something you get used to,” Dominguez said.

HandicapperErni More than 1 year ago
Old Record just North America: 2003: Jerry Bailey: $23,354,960 Old Record include Dubai World Cup Undercard earnings: 2005: John Velazquez: $24,414,923, earnings without Dubai World Cup: $20,814,923 Current Record: 2012: Ramon Dominguez: $23,739,189 Passed by the record Jerry Bailey held. Does Dominguez have a shot to pass by Velazquez's record next? Future legend in the making. Could even be bigger than John Velazquez and future hall of famer on the way.
Berni More than 1 year ago
Wow great Country ..Thievery Rewarded with Trophies and Money .......17% to 25% takeout ...and suckers keep betting .....
PeterG More than 1 year ago
I agree with you. Game is almost impossible to beat even if you didn't have trainers, jockeys, and owners cheating in almost every race and everybody with a brain knows they are. The statistics we study (DRF, Brisnet, Equibase) are meaningless when juiced horses are running. I used to think you could make a living betting on horses but that didn't last too long. Now I don't. It's just for fun for me.
PeterG More than 1 year ago
“Riding a lot is something you get used to,” That's what my wife said to me the other day. (rimshot)
Todd Elliot More than 1 year ago
im sure she meant other guys and not you
PeterG More than 1 year ago
ha ha good one Todd
Todd Elliot More than 1 year ago
thanks peter,,,no offense however,, Im glad you got a good sense of humor
Todd Elliot More than 1 year ago
HIS NET WORTH IS FORTY MILLION,,GOOGLE IT
Perl More than 1 year ago
Who cares?
Todd Elliot More than 1 year ago
dominguez does....
russell More than 1 year ago
some people are nuts. Allen Jerkens top jocks were Eddie Maple and Jean Luc Samyn. hardly superstars. If anyone here is betting a horse based upon the jock they should quit now. Ive seen the best of jocks blow big races; Johnny V Point of Entry and Dettori whipping left handed in a BC Classic race until the horse almost ran into the grandstand. To the dopes that love jocks- Ron Franklin rode Spectacular Bid. Cruguet rode Seattle Slew.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
They never should have removed Cruguet OR Billy Turner from Seattle Slew. The owners were the problem in Slews' life.
russell More than 1 year ago
Don't know if I agree Chad. Seattle Slew ran some of his best races ever at 4 years-old. He buried Affirmed twice and his JC Gold Cup was tremendous in a losing effort. I agree that Turner is a class act. The owners made a terrible decision in having him run in the Swaps when he was off his game. Slew was one the most beautiful horses of all time. An all-time legend.
WILLIAM ROBINSON More than 1 year ago
RD is a class act and a great rider. We all get mad when jocks take a horse too far back or get blocked on the rail but you have to admit a person weighing less than 120lbs controlling an animal 10x their weight is amazing. Gambling is what it is a chance But I'll take a chance on RD ANYTIME NO DOUBT
Carolyn Friedman More than 1 year ago
I had the pleasure of watching Ramon early in his career at DelPark, the ability to place your horse in position to win is a trait all the great ones have... watch him ride race after race Ramone always has a shot. A fine ambassador for whats left of the sport,every race fan here in Delaware is proud to say " i knew him when....
Manny More than 1 year ago
Really? You must be new in the business or never put money down. If your statement is true, then there should be little difference in win records for all jocks in different colonies. Yet, there are the top jocks that seem to find a way to win with horses lesser jocks can't do anything with. Win percentage my friend. That's math and indisputable. Those top jocks EARN their way also to the top, as many start just like any other scrub.
Jade Sword More than 1 year ago
No other place to put this, so apology for off topic stuff. DRF, could you perhaps rethink the positioning of that sign up form on your home page? Your free daily race form was far better advertising. Your site is turning into one of the most annoying in terms of unwelcome advertising that I'm aware of. That pop up bar at the bottom during each visit is another example. Instead of attracting people, this is the stuff that chases people away.
Amy Hurley More than 1 year ago
Agree 100% with this post; thank you! I've written to DRF before and asked that the pop-up be eliminated - once is an annoyance, but to have it with every single article is just overkill. It's almost enough to make one completely stop reading the articles.
laura ban More than 1 year ago
Thank-you for that! I thought it was just me who felt that way!
Frank Kulcsar More than 1 year ago
I agree
Ken Palen More than 1 year ago
Totally agree. That sign-up pop-up is even more painful on a small screen mobile devise. Get rid of it!
Elaine Parkinson More than 1 year ago
I couldn't agree more.... especially the bottom of the page pop-up. I already get the alerts in my e-mail every day. Can't the DRF just put a cookie in there to know in advance that the subscriber already has gets the alerts? The Race of the Day used to have the PP's in the little box as well, now I have to look in my e-mails to go find the link to the free PP's to play the ROD... it's kind of lame technology.
Kerry Metivier More than 1 year ago
Every freakin' time there's a good news story in our industry, you idiots come out of the woodwork with your plethora of reasons why the story doesn't matter. I wonder if even one of you is as good as what you do as Ramon Dominguez is at what HE does. He is a gentleman, professional athlete at the top of his game and great person to have in this sport. Keep coming up with your BS reasons why this doesn't matter. YOU don't matter.
Big Jeff More than 1 year ago
Very well said.
Perl More than 1 year ago
Wrong. It was lashing out in a fit of self piety. Thumbs down.