Ramon Dominguez, the leading rider in New York, reached another milestone March 19 at Aqueduct when he won the second race aboard Fortyninegeorgest for his 4,000th career victory. The 33-year-old rider is the 58th jockey in history to achieve that milestone.
“It feels great, but it’s almost surreal,” said Dominquez. “It’s the kind of thing that happens slowly over the years, but you’re not prepared for it when it gets here. I’m so excited. You remember the big races, but every win counts just as much. I have great support in New York and thanks to my agent and everyone who supports me here.”
Dominguez, who began riding year-round in New York in 2009, currently leads the nation in wins with 88, and more than $2.5 million in earnings. Dominguez, who swept every NYRA meet last year, also currently holds a sizable margin over David Cohen for Aqueduct’s inner track meet, which began Dec. 2 and runs through March 27.
Last year on the NYRA circuit, Dominguez rode 376 winners, second only to Steve Cauthen’s record 433 wins in 1977. He won with 24% of his mounts last year. Nationally, he ranked second in wins behind Russell Baze, and third in total purse earnings with $18,340,422 behind Garrett Gomez and Julien Leparoux.
Dominguez rode five winners on a single card on two occasions. He also won more than 30 NYRA stakes, including the Man O’ War (gr. I) with Gio Ponti , whom he is scheduled to ride in the $10 million Dubai World Cup on March 27.