04/30/2006 12:00AM

Dominguez to ride Bluegrass Cat


Ramon Dominguez will ride Bluegrass Cat in the , trainer Todd Pletcher confirmed Sunday morning.

Dominguez replaces John Velazquez, who was injured in a spill two weeks ago at Keeneland. This will be the third straight Derby in which Dominguez has ridden. In 1994, he finished ninth board Tapit. Last year, he finished last on High Limit.

"He's a patient rider and we would like to see the horse settle in mid pack," Pletcher said in explaining his decision. "I don't think he's a very difficult horse to ride."

Bluegrass Cat won last year's Remsen Stakes and this year's Sam F. Davis at Tampa. Most recently, he was fourth in the Blue Grass Stakes.