09/02/2012 7:24PM

Saratoga: Dominguez caps off six-win day aboard 10-1 shot in Saranac

Barbara D. Livingston
Ramon Dominguez collects his sixth win of the day and meet-record 66th winner aboard Unbridled Command in the Grade 3 Saranac.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Jockey Ramon Dominguez tied one record and broke another Sunday at Saratoga.

Dominguez rode six winners on Sunday’s card at Saratoga, equaling the one-day record - which he first equaled six weeks earlier - while setting a single Saratoga meet record with 66 victories. Dominguez, who will win his second Saratoga riding title, can add to the record on Monday, closing day, when he’s scheduled to ride all 11 races.

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 The previous Saratoga meet record was believed to be 65 set by John Velazquez in 2004. However, Velazquez lost one of those winners to a disqualification due to a medication positive. Tales of Glory, a horse trained by Todd Pletcher that Velazquez rode to victory, tested positive for mepivacaine following his Aug. 14, 2004 victory and was disqualified from first.

 Thus, Dominguez, unbeknownst to him or virtually anybody else in attendance Sunday at Saratoga, actually set the single-meet record when he won the eighth race aboard Temper in Command ($6.40), his fifth winner on the program.

 For good measure, Dominguez gave a superb ride aboard the 10-1 shot Unbridled Command, guiding him to a half-length victory over Skyring in the Grade 3, $150,000 Saranac Stakes for 3-year-olds.

 “It’s one of those days where you have to pinch yourself really. Very excited,” Dominguez, 35, said. “I knew that I was within five wins of tying the record. It was something I would think about once in a while especially as were getting closer to the end. I thought it’d be neat to tie the record with Johnny or if we had a chance to break it, even better. It caught me by surprise to do it all today. I’ll be able to sleep good and have a big smile and prepare for tomorrow. No pressure.”

 Dominguez went 6 for 7 on Sunday’s card just as he did here on July 22. Velazquez went 6 for 10 on Sept. 3, 2001.

 Dominguez won the second aboard the first-time starter Cue the Moon ($10.60) and the fourth on Native Wave ($6). After finishing eighth on Dorothy’s Spirit in the fifth, Dominguez won the sixth on World Premier ($10), seventh on Shakeira ($6.60),  and the eighth on Temper in Command ($6.40) before he climbed aboard Unbridled Command, a 10-1 shot in the Saranac.

 Dominguez had Unbridled Command in fifth position as Skyring opened up an eight-length lead while running a half-mile in 46.35 seconds under Joel Rosario. Unbridled Command was a dozen lengths off the pace at that point. Around the far turn, Dominguez made a quick move between horses to get into second position turning for home.

 Unbridled Command, who lugged in a tad in upper stretch, took over from Skyring at the three-sixteenths pole and appeared as if he would draw clear. Skyring, trained by D. Wayne Lukas, was coming back on Unbridled Command, but fell a half-length short.

 Unbridled Command, a New York-bred son of Master Command owned by Lakland Farm and trained by Tom Bush, covered the 1 1/8 miles in 1:46.54 and returned $22.60 to win.

“Having those wins certainly helped mentally,” Dominguez said. “The horse wasn’t the favorite so I was really focusing on trying to give him the best ride I could, and get the most out of him. Coming to the three-eighths pole, when I was able to squeeze in between horses, he gave me a great kick.”


HandicapperErni More than 1 year ago
Ramon outrode Joel. I was impressed that Joel almost outrode Ramon but Ramon is a stronger rider than Rosario. Nice that Dominguez won 6 today!! Now that was a horse jockeys race. Ramon looked great today!! Won 6 today!! What a future legend he is!! What was sweeter was that he schooled Rosario and the rest of the NYRA gang.
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
well lets see the 10 horse goes on a suicide mission and the favorites jockey goes to sleep untill the race is over,one could be led to believe these jocks are all working for the same cause.GEE. below mentions angel corderos quote that its 90% the horse witch is what it should be.but of course angel cordero was implicated in the jose amy race fixing scandal in the 80's together with 11 other jockeys including top jocks jorge velasquez and jacinto vasquez they all denied the accusations and were never charged.Vasquez was subsequently suspended one year for offering his fellow rider Eddie Maple money to restrain a horse.jose amy got a 23 year ban after admiting that he pulled horses for money $1500 per horse according to him,but he also said top jockeys would get as much as $7000.and this was back in the 80's were that was real money.so is it 90% the horse?.you can read about these cases and others like the australian race fixing scandal online.just type in to google jose amy race fixing scandal, and also murder,drugs,jockeys australia for the documentarie on utube. (http://articles.latimes.com/2005/oct/26/sports/sp-horse26),(http://www.nytimes.com/2003/01/30/sports/horse-racing-barred-race-fixer-1980-jockey-seeks-reinstatement-his-license.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm)
Charley More than 1 year ago
We all know jockey's can manipulate the outcome of a race.It's the jockey controlling the horse and we all know people as well as jockeys can be dishonest.Its not like dog racing where they run their heart out without someone on their back controlling them. Yes there will always be race fixing either by the trainer,jockey,or others.Is the industry hard on cheaters?No, should lifetime bans be enforced? Yes. Unless much stronger penalty's are put into effect and followed through on cheating the public will never stop.
Paul M More than 1 year ago
For the record Charley, 3 of his 6 wins yesterday were not the favorites. He piloted a 10-1 in a very good stakes race to a win. Give credit were credit is due.
Charley More than 1 year ago
Your talking about one day and 1 10-1 shot. Check out his average payoff for a win price.He's 3-5,6-5,1-2, good luck making any money on his chalks.He has sent many bridge betters to the poor house!
Charley More than 1 year ago
He is going to be another Jerry Bailey or Pat Day.You bet him he loses if you leave him out he beats you. I was glad when Day & Bailey retired.I'm glad I'm a west coast player and don't have to deal with Dominguez.The best jockey's are given the BEST horses to ride so why would it surprise anyone when guys like Dominguez wins multiply races on any given race card? They say it's 90% horse so if your riding the BEST horse shouldn't you win more? Give Dominguez the horses going off at 40-1 and we will see how many winners he can muster.
Gee More than 1 year ago
Angel Cordaro says its 90 % horse I find thata little hard to believe, however u cant win on a swayback.
Wayne Haehner More than 1 year ago
Ramon has been dominating for over 3 years now--head and shoulders above everyone--including Bejarano
Jerry Ray More than 1 year ago
I think that it is fantastic as he is one of the best young riders and he works very hard all the time.Keep up the good work and God Bless you.
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
el capo has taken over.