Jockeys Dominguez, Santos Injured at Aqueduct

Jockeys Dominguez, Santos Injured at Aqueduct
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Jockeys Ramon Dominguez (pictured) and Jose Santos injured in Thursday afternoon spill at Aqueduct.
Jockey Jose Santos remained at Jamaica Hospital for observation Thursday evening while his fellow rider Ramon Dominguez was released with possible ligament damage to his right knee following a three-horse spill at Aqueduct earlier in the day.

According to Santos’ agent, Frank Sanabria, Santos may have aggravated an old back injury when his mount, For a Prayer, fell during the running of Aqueduct’s eighth race, a $45,000 optional allowance/claiming event with a field of six.

"The doctors are going to keep him for observation, but the initial x-rays showed no fractures," Sanabria said. "They’re going to take a CAT scan later tonight and take it from there. Other than that he’s okay, he’s alert and breathing fine."

Dominguez’s agent, Steve Rushing, said doctors gave his rider a brace to wear until the swelling in his right knee diminished. Initial x-rays showed no broken bones or fractures, but doctors were concerned about possible ligament damage.

"We’re going to have to wait until the swelling goes down, and then they’ll do an MRI," said Rushing. "He’ll be off for at least a week."

Both jockeys were injured when For a Prayer, with Santos aboard, pitched forward into the path of Are We Dreamin, who was making a move leaving the turn under Dominguez, Aqueduct’s leading rider. As Are We Dreamin tripped over the fallen horse and rider, Street Sass, the 3-2 favorite ridden by Eddie Martin Jr., managed to avoid For a Prayer but fell over Are We Dreamin.    

Martin Jr. appeared to be uninjured.

The 3-year-old For a Prayer, a Songandaprayer  filly, suffered a fatal neck injury, according to Aqueduct. The other two horses were unharmed.

(Chart, Equibase)

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