Ramon Dominguez

Ramon Dominguez


Injured Dominguez Pays First Visit to Big A

Three-time Eclipse Award winner hopes to get clearance to resume riding March 25.

Ramon Dominguez visited Aqueduct Racetrack March 10 for the first time since the three-time Eclipse Award winner was injured in a spill at the New York track Jan. 18.

Dominguez, New York's leading rider 2009-2012, spent time in the jockeys' room and talked with members of the press, racing officials, valets, and other riders.

"I've been thinking about coming to say hello, but I just haven't been able to find the time," said Dominguez, who suffered a fractured skull in the incident. "It was great seeing my valet, all the other valets, and my friends. Everyone is happy to see me, and I'm happy to see them as well."

Dominguez, 36, said he'll have a better idea of when he might be able to resume riding after a doctor's appointment March 25.

"I'm pretty optimistic that he will find me good enough to come back," said Dominguez. "From that point on, if he okays me, it will just be a matter of getting fit again, and that shouldn't take too long. I'm speculating, but it depends on what they say, and on the 25th we'll see."

The rider added that he is progressing well with his physical therapy regimens.

"Unless they're lying to me, everyone is happy not only with my condition but with the progress I've made in a short period of time," said Dominguez. "In the beginning, I felt like, 'I'm OK! I don't need this!' but right away I realized I was getting a lot of help from all of the different types of exercises."

Dominguez said that he has tried to limit his race watching so that he'll remain patient as he makes a steady recovery.

"I miss it (riding) a lot, but the truth is that I've tried not to follow or watch too many races," said Dominguez. "I've probably watched enough races to put on one hand just because I don't want to get too excited. I've tried to do everything by the book and listen to the doctor, so I'm definitely excited to come back soon."