01/16/2011 5:47PM

Dominguez snaps mini-slump with triple, capped by Quiet Giant's stakes win


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - After enduring a rare oh-fer on Saturday, jockey Ramon Dominguez won three races on Sunday’s card, capped by a three-length victory aboard 4-5 favorite Quiet Giant in the $60,000 Lady On the Run Stakes at Aqueduct.

After stalking the pacesetting Wind Caper through fractions of 23.79 and 47.56 seconds, Quiet Giant and Dominguez drew on even terms with that rival at the five-sixteenths pole. Quiet Giant ran outside of Wind Caper until just inside the eighth pole when, despite attempting to lug in, she drew clear to get the relatively easy victory.

Quiet Giant ran a mile in 1:36.51 over a fast inner track and returned $3.60 as the favorite.

It was the second stakes straight victory for Quiet Giant, a 4-year-old daughter of Giant’s Causeway bred by the late Edward P. Evans and owned by his estate. Quiet Giant is trained by Todd Pletcher, who also sent out third-place finisher McVictory. Pletcher ran one-two in Saturday’s Evening Attire Stakes with Heart Butte and Alma d’Oro.

Dominguez went 0 for 7 on Saturday, but bounced back with three wins from five mounts on Sunday. In addition to taking the feature, Dominguez won the fourth with Sin and the City ($5.50) and fifth with Mr. Magenta ($5.20). Dominguez has a meet-leading 54 victories.

Though Aqueduct will be open Monday for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, Dominguez won’t be riding because he will be traveling to south Florida, where he hopes to win his first Eclipse Award as North America’s leading jockey.