08/23/2013 4:49PM

Saratoga: Dominguez to be honored Sunday

Barbara D. Livingston
Ramon Dominguez retired because of injuries caused in a spill in January.

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - The New York Racing Association has reinstated the Mike Venezia Award, and jockey Ramon Dominguez will be presented with it Sunday following the fourth race.

The Venezia Award was created in 1989 and honors the memory of Mike Venezia, who died as the result of injuries sustained in a 1988 spill at Belmont Park. It is given to those jockeys who exemplify extraordinary sportsmanship and citizenship. It has not been given out since 2006.

Dominguez, the reigning three-time Eclipse Award winner, was forced to announce his retirement earlier this year because of injuries suffered in a spill at Aqueduct in January.

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The ceremony, which will include the awarding of Dominguez's third Eclipse Award, will be hosted by jockey Richard Migliore, the 2003 Venezia Award winner.

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