Ramon Dominguez rode two winners on Monday to clinch his first national jockey title, ending 2001 with 431 victories. The 25-year old, who finished third in last year's standings with 361 victories, defeated Russell Baze, a six-time national leader by wins. Last year, Baze led North America with 412 triumphs. Baze also led for five consecutive years, from 1992-96.
"I am overwhelmed, the last couple of weeks have been exciting," said Dominguez. "Never in my wildest dreams would have I expected to be the leading rider in the country. It is truly an honor to have my name mentioned with those other great riders.
Other national leaders by wins include three-time winner Edgar Prado (1997-99), Pat Day (a six-time leader, most recently in 1991), and Kent Desormeaux (three-time winner who set the all-time victory mark with 598 wins in 1989).