Updated on 01/22/2013 11:16AM

Dominguez continues to show improvement while hospitalized

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Barbara D. Livingston
Ramon Dominguez has a "slightly displaced skull fracture" following his Friday spill at Aqueduct.

Jockey Ramon Dominguez continued to show improvement Sunday while remaining hospitalized with a “slightly displaced skull fracture” sustained in a spill at Aqueduct on Friday.

Dominguez, 36, is in the intensive care unit of Jamaica Medical Center Hospital, a few miles from Aqueduct.

continues to improve as he remains in the intensive care unit at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, according to his agent, Steve Rushing.

“He’s slowly progressing each day,” said Steve Rushing, Dominguez's agent, via text. “He’s talking a little bit more today.”

According to Rushing, Dominguez underwent a second CT scan on Saturday, and he was told by Sharon Dominguez that the doctors “are okay with everything so far.”

Dominguez was injured when his mount, Convocation, clipped heels with Sovereign Default approaching the top of the stretch in Friday’s seventh race. Convocation fell, hurling Dominguez hard to the inner track. A trailing horse, Straight Fax, hurdled over Convocation and when he landed may have struck Dominguez in the head.

Dominguez also suffered a badly bruised right eye as a result of the spill.

Convocation, who raced for Todd Pletcher and owner Mike Repole and was claimed by David Jacobson, came out of the race with superficial cuts.

Dominguez, who earlier Friday picked up career victory 4,984, is the two-time defending Eclipse Award-winning rider. He was heavily favored to receive his third straight Eclipse Award on Saturday night at an awards ceremony at Gulfstream Park.

Dominguez was planning to ride at Aqueduct on Saturday and then catch a flight to south Florida in time to attend the awards. Dominguez was scheduled to return to Aqueduct on Sunday morning and ride the card here. On Monday, Dominguez was scheduled to ride Always in a Tiz in the Smarty Jones Stakes at Oaklawn Park, but obviously won’t be making that trip.

In 2012, Dominguez set a North American earnings record with $25,582,252. He won 341 races from 1,398 mounts, despite missing nearly two months due to a neck injury in the spring and a foot injury in the fall.

Dominguez’s 4,984 career victories rank him 27th all time, and his purse earnings of $191,563,097 place him 14th on the all-time list.