Ramon Dominguez, the Eclipse Award-winning jockey for the past three years, was honored Jan. 28 by The Jockeys' Guild with the Laffit Pincay Jr. Award presented to a Thoroughbred jockey for outstanding achievement during the year.
Dominguez, who is recovering in a New York hospital from a skull fracture sustained during a Jan. 18 spill at Aqueduct Racetrack, was one of four individuals honored by the Guild during a luncheon that was part of the organization's annual Assembly in Hollywood, Fla. In 2012, Dominguez set a new mark for single-season earnings in 2012 with some $25.5 million and led all riders on the NYRA circuit with 322 victories.
The other Guild honorees were:
—Jerry and Nancy LaSala, who received the Eddie Arcaro Award given to those who have shown exceptional commitment to the industry. Jerry is a recently retired jockey "whose focus throughout his career was to look out for his peers," according to a Guild news release, and Nancy LaSala is head of the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. The Guild said both "have worked tirelessly to help jockeys who have suffered permanently disabling injuries."
—G. R. Carter received the Jacky Martin Award, given to the outstanding Quarter Horse jockey for exceptional achievement during the year. Carter is the all-time money-earning Quarter Horse rider with more than $60 million in mount earnings and recently became a 10-time American Quarter Horse Association World Champion Jockey.
"These four have brought tremendous honor to the sport of horse racing," said Terry Meyocks, national manager of the Guild. "Each has shown a lifelong commitment to excellence to racing, and they are extremely deserving of their accolades."
The Assembly, which included discussion of issues such as health and safety, insurance, personal and professional growth and development, and the future of horse racing, will conclude Jan. 29.