Dominguez, Robb, Gill Win Laurel Winter Titles

(from Laurel Park report)
The 13-week Laurel Park winter meet ended Sunday with Ramon Dominguez, Jerry Robb and Michael Gill winning individual titles. Live racing shifts to historic Pimlico Race Course on Wednesday for the 10-week spring meet.

Dominguez captured his first riding title in the state since winning 2001 fall meet, visiting the winners' circle 88 times, 35 more than Jeremy Rose. The 27-year old dominated the standings, producing 29 multiple win afternoons during the meet, including 11 with at least three victories. Abel Castellano, Jr (46 wins), Jozbin Santana (34) and Steve Hamilton (32) round out the top five.

Robb won his second Laurel Park training title, winning 36 races, three more than Dale Capuano. The veteran conditioner saddled three winners on Jan. 15 and had six other two-win days. Thirty of his victories were for Gill. John Rigattieri (21), Mark Shuman (19) and Phil Schoenthal (17) completed the top five. Shuman and Schoenthal also condition for Team Gill.

Gill reigned supreme in the owner standings for the seventh straight meet at the major Maryland tracks, finishing first 66 times, including three on Sunday's card. The Gill blue produced 18 multiple win days and had at least one winner in 42 of the 62 live days of the meet. Since arriving in Maryland in October 2001, he has won 335 races at Laurel and Pimlico. John Alecci was a distant second with 15 winners.

Final handle numbers will be released later this week.