07/22/2012 7:08PM

Saratoga: Dominguez ties record with six-win day

Barbara D. Livingston
Ramon Dominguez celebrates his six-win day after guiding Wet One home in the nightcap.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Ramon Dominguez rode at three tracks in three different states and did not return home until after midnight on Saturday night - not the kind of itinerary one might expect would lead to a record-setting performance less than 24 hours later.

But despite his busy travelling schedule on Saturday, Dominguez bounced back to ride six winners on Sunday's 10-race program at Saratoga, equaling the track record for most victories by a jockey on one card. John Velazquez rode six winners on Sept. 3, 2001.

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No jockey has ever won more than six races in one day at any New York Racing Association track.

Dominguez’s memorable afternoon began with victories aboard Paper Plane and the odds-on Summer Front in the early daily double. Summer Front’s victory came in the $100,000 Duluth Stakes.

Dominguez then won the fourth race with Rigby, the seventh aboard Temper in Command, and the eighth with Memorable Peach, before completing his six pack by guiding the 3-1 favorite Wet One to victory in the finale.

Dominguez’s only loss on the card was a second-place finish with the even-money Current Design in the fifth race. His mount in the Grade 2 Sanford Stakes, Good Tickled, was scratched. Dominguez, who won the Saratoga riding title in 2009, won nine races over the opening four days of this meet.

“I got to bed last night at 12:20,” said Dominguez, referring to his busy day on Saturday. “I didn’t come out this morning and I felt great. And after you win a race, you feel even better. It was an easy day to go through.” 

Dominguez said that after looking at the card he thought he had a good shot to win a lot of races on Sunday.

“It was one of those days I looked at the program and was very excited about my chances,” said Dominguez. “But we all know that luck is a big factor. So often you come into a day thinking you’ll win a lot and you don’t and the other way around. I’m just happy it materialized like I was hoping. I was riding good horses and everything just clicked into place.”

Dominguez said that at the top of the stretch he wasn’t sure he was going to get his record-equaling sixth victory astride Wet One in the nightcap.

“Turning for home I was very concerned because it didn’t look like it was going to open up for me,” said Dominguez. “My filly was in hand and I’m just happy when it did, she was ready to go right through it. It’s great to win six races anywhere, but doing it at Saratoga is definitely special.”

HandicapperErni More than 1 year ago
Joel who? reffering to Joel Rosario because this is ramon's world!!
Felo Gonzalez More than 1 year ago
You're doing traces on NYRA with every preformance!!! God Blessed you!!!
Felo Gonzalez More than 1 year ago
God blessed you Ramon, you're doing the best performance on every horse you rode...Recibe abrazos, saludos y felicitaciones desde caracas Venezuela, dejando huellas como el mejor Jockey actualmente en el mejor hipismo del Mundo... Tienes asegurado el Salon de la Fama...You're a future Hall of Fame !!!
steve szymanski More than 1 year ago
Here's another point of view......... I LOVE RAMON. Nothing is better than hearing those old time degenerates at the track, yelling for Ramon and then whining when he loses. Like my dad always taught me. "When they start putting the horses on the top - I'll start betting on the jockeys" Anyone who handocaps for a living has got to love a guy who drives the odds down on any horse he sits on. Thanks Ramon!!!
TEDK215 More than 1 year ago
love thoes handocapers lol
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
amazing how well he rides when theres a pick 6 carryover on the line.one thing thats interesting is that jockeys dont race ride this guy its like hes everybodys buddy,if it was j leparoux or j lezcano the holes would stay shut.ive watched him closely and theres no doubt hes a great jockey but when he gets beat on a very short priced favorite its almost allways for a smaller stable and the horse gets a bad ride,but when he wants it hes cool as a cuccumber.
TEDK215 More than 1 year ago
"I was riding good horses"..........better than riding mediocre horses Im sure. nice job all the same.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How about Reach for a Peach and its been only 3 days at Saratoga so far. good luck the rest of the way.
Marvin Friedman More than 1 year ago
couldnt happen to a better ambassador for tr a real gent;eman , a guy who always has time for a chat with the fans who has risen to to elite status , as we in Delaware knew he would. best of luck to a real sport
Steve More than 1 year ago
Not ONE word about his agent or a thank you. Classless Ramon, typical pinhead !
Jd Staton More than 1 year ago
big deal. genarally the first thing he does is thank his agent and this one time he doesnt some loser like your self makes stupid coments about it. your probably just crying because you lost your paycheck again and dont know how to tell your wife that your electrics going be turned off unless she bums money from her parents yet again GET A DAMN LIFE
Jerry Ray More than 1 year ago
You hit the nail on the head with this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dear God, just shut up.
KeenelandCapper More than 1 year ago
would have been a good comment stever ...except YOU FORGET THE MAN IN CHARGE IS RAMON AND HE IS CLASS AS IT GETS..i would ban you if i ran this forum for stupid comments..
matthew_melton More than 1 year ago
Classless? You sound as if you know Ramon. I'm guessing you surely don't
myjockwon More than 1 year ago
if you read the article on bloodhorse its almost the same word for word an he does thank his agent,the owners,trainers,hot walkers,grooms,tack guy coffee person,everybody this guy has more class in his little toe then you have Steve for writing something that you know nothing about. great job yesterday RAMON
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thanks for the info on the bloodhorse article. Ramon does thank others in that article including his agent. This DRF article was lacking all of this information.
Steve More than 1 year ago
Exactly, this DRF creates a whole different story.
R D B More than 1 year ago
he thanked him alright with have his purse money.
thomas j More than 1 year ago
what 3 tracks did he ride at?
Chris Burnside More than 1 year ago
Chris Burnside More than 1 year ago
1 for 5 Saturday. 6 for 7 Sunday.
Grass Is Greener More than 1 year ago
20% is a good win rate for any jockey.