In a statement issued
through the NYRA Communications Office, Ramon Dominguez announced his retirement.
“Riding thoroughbreds has always been my passion and my calling. When
I was 13 and watched my first horse race in Venezuela, I knew that I would
become a jockey, and my riding career has brought happiness and success
beyond what I ever expected.
Thus, it is extremely difficult for me to announce that due to the
severity of the injuries I sustained in an accident at Aqueduct Racetrack on
January 18, 2013, my professional riding career has come to an end. While
I hoped and even expected to be able to return to the saddle, as a result
of my injuries and upon the advice of my treating physicians, it has been
determined that I will no longer be able to pursue my career as a jockey.
want to personally thank my family, fans, and fellow riders for overwhelming
support in the months since my accident. I chose to make this
statement to end speculation about my future, but I am not yet ready to
speak publicly. I will come forward on my own, but in the meantime I ask
that you please respect my privacy as I continue my recovery.”
1976 – Born November 24,
1976, in Caracas, Venezuela.
1994 – Began riding at La
Rinconada in Venezuela.
1995 – Came to the United
States to begin riding.
1996 – Rode his first
North American winner, Solo Moondance, in March at Hialeah Park.
1997 – Won $1,000,000 in
purses in a year for the first time.
2001 – Rode his 1,000th
winner and won over $10,000,000 in purses in a year for the first time. He led
the nation in wins with 433.
2003 – Led the nation in
wins for the second time with 453. Ramon won the riding title at Delaware Park
for the first of five times. He won his first G1 stake at Laurel Park in the
2004 – Won his 2,000th
race and his first Breeders’ Cup race in the Turf on Better Talk Now.
2007 – Recorded his 3,000th
2009 – Became the leading
rider in New York for the first time with 376 wins. He also won the riding
title at every NYRA meeting that year.
2010 – His 4,000th
winner came on March 19at Aqueduct. He won the Eclipse Award for
2011 – Won his second
consecutive Eclipse Award after winning $20,000,000 in purses for the first
time in a year. On June 5 for the
first time he won six races in one card at Belmont Park. Hansen was his second
Breeders’ Cup winner in the Juvenile. He won seven races in a row on December
2012 – Passed the
$25,000,000 mark for purses won in a single year. Awarded George Wolff Memorial
Jockey Award. His third Breeders’ Cup win was with Little Mike in the Turf. He
finished atop the NYRA jockey standings for the fourth year in a row. Won his
third straight Eclipse Award.
2013 – Announced
retirement June 13, 2013 with 4,985 career wins and over $191 million in