03/11/2010 1:00AM

Dominguez closing in on 4,000 wins


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Ramon Dominguez said it doesn't feel all that long ago when he won his 1,000th career race. It was actually Oct. 8, 2001.

Less than nine years later, the 33-year-old Dominguez is nearing his 4,000th career victory. After winning with three of his seven mounts on Thursday's Aqueduct card, Dominguez had 3,992 career victories. When he does capture his 4,000th victory, he will become the 58th rider to reach that plateau.

"It means a lot to me, definitely," Dominguez said before Thursday's races began. "I feel like it has come pretty fast; I remember like it was yesterday when I won my 1,000th at Pimlico, they gave me a trophy or something [actually a watch]. I thought it was such a big accomplishment getting to a thousand. Literally, it felt like a couple of years ago. To achieve 4,000 is a big deal to me."

Also a big deal to Dominguez is to find a live mount for the Kentucky Derby, a race he has yet to win. On Saturday, he will be at Tampa Bay Downs to ride Super Saver in the Tampa Bay Derby. Dominguez was aboard Super Saver when the colt won his maiden by seven lengths in the slop at Belmont in a one-turn mile race last Sept. 11.

"I was very pleased with the way he did it, but I had no idea" how good he'd become, Dominguez said.

Dominguez is well on his way to his third consecutive inner-track riding title. His three victories Thursday gave him 99 for the meet. Including Thursday, Dominguez has ridden 49 of the 58 inner-track cards run, riding multiple winners on 35 occasions. With trips to Florida the next two Saturdays and with him leaving on March 23 for Dubai, Dominguez will not likely top the record of 124 inner-track victories he posted last year.

"Anytime you reach a hundred [wins] over the winter, it's definitely a great number," Dominguez said.

Dominguez is looking forward to riding Gio Ponti in the $10 million Dubai World Cup on March 27. Gio Ponti, who finished second to Zenyatta in last November's Breeders' Cup Classic, finished second in the Tampa Bay Breeders' Cup on Feb. 20.

"Disappointed and happy at the same time," Dominguez said of Gio Ponti's race. "It wasn't his ideal setup, he did try hard. I'm sure he got something out of the race. [Christophe] Clement was happy, that makes me feel good."

Hold That Prospect fires bullet work

Hold That Prospect, the claimer turned multiple inner-track stakes winner, worked five furlongs in 1:00.50 on Thursday morning over Belmont Park's training track. It was the fastest of 16 works at the distance.

Trainer Gary Gullo said Hold That Prospect is likely to make her next start in the $60,000 Wheel Turns here March 21.

"As long as she's doing okay, I'd like to run her in that race on the 21st," Gullo said.

Hold That Prospect, claimed by Gullo and the Funky Munky Stable for $30,000 last March 28, has won six of nine starts for these connections, including the Correction and Mommy Dear in her last two starts.

* Eightyfiveinafifty worked five furlongs in 1:00.80 over Aqueduct's inner track, the fastest of nine moves at the distance. Eightyfiveinafifty could make his next start in the Grade 3, $200,000 Bay Shore Stakes here April 3.