Ramon Dominguez

Ramon Dominguez

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Report: Dominguez Will Ride Hansen in Derby

The connections of Alpha are now shopping for a rider, the colt's trainer said.

Jockey Ramon Dominguez will stick with Hansen in the May 5 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), his agent has said.

Steve Rushing told Daily Racing Form April 23 the “deciding factor” was Hansen’s victory at Churchill Downs in the 2011 Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (gr. I). Dominguez also has ridden Alpha  regularly this year.

Hansen, owned by Dr. Kendall Hansen and Sky Chai Racing, won the Gotham Stakes (gr. III) earlier this year and finished second in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) April 14. Dominguez was aboard for both races.

Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin told the Form he is looking for a jockey to ride Godolphin Stable’s Alpha in the Kentucky Derby.