07/23/2002 11:00PM

Top rider Dominguez breaks wrist


Jockey Ramon Dominguez, second in the country in races won, broke his wrist in a spill at Delaware Park on Wednesday.

Lovely Lady, the 6-5 favorite in the seventh race, held a clear lead in midstretch of the 1 1/16-mile turf race when she seemed to bobble and then fell heavily, throwing Dominguez to the ground.

Dominguez got up quickly, but was holding his wrist while he walked to the ambulance and was taken to Christiana Medical Center. A preliminary examination indicated a fracture, but early Wednesday evening a surgeon had yet to examine the X-rays to determine the severity of the break.

Lovely Lady, a 4-year-old filly trained by Michael Matz, was euthanized.

Dominguez was dominating the standings at Delaware, winning 104 races since the meet began in April. Overall, he has ridden 217 winners this year, second in the nation only to Russell Baze.