Dominguez Fractures Wrist in Calder Fall

Jockey expected to miss four to five weeks after spill that involved Paco Lopez.

(from Calder Race Course)

Jockey Christian Dominguez is expected to miss four to five weeks of action after sustaining a fracture to his right wrist in a two-horse fall at Calder Race Course Nov. 11.

The second jockey involved in the accident, Calder victory leader Pascacio “Paco” Lopez, expects to to return to action when racing resumes at Calder on Nov. 14. Both horses in the eighth race incident escaped injury.

“He’s tough," said Cory Moran, the agent for the 23-year-old Lopez, on the morning of Nov. 12. "It was ugly. But he’s going to be OK. He’s got a couple days off now (Nov. 12-13), and he wants to ride Friday. But I want to make sure he’s one hundred percent.”

Dominguez, 32, will require a cast for his injured wrist and is expected to miss four to five weeks. He said he would take advantage of some of the down time to visit his family in Argentina.

The incident occurred on the turn at at the five-sixteenths pole on the turn. Lopez’s mount, Survi Star, clipped heels and fell, throwing the jockey to the ground. Dominguez was aboard Thunderula, who could not avoid the fallen horse, causing the rider to also tumble to the ground. 

Both horses regained their footing and proceeded to run the length of the racetrack, apparently uninjured. The jockeys were transported to Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood for examination.