Jockey Ramon Dominguez won six races on
Sunday, including a 10-1 upset in the Grade 3, $150,000 Saranac aboard
Unbridled Command, establishing a Saratoga Race Course meet record in the
With one day remaining in the 40-day meet, Dominguez, the two-time
reigning Eclipse Award winner for Outstanding Jockey, has won 66 races. The
previous record for wins by a jockey during the Saratoga meet was set by Hall of Famer John
Velazquez in 2004. That year, Velazquez won 65 races during the meet, but one
of his winners, Tales of Glory, trained by Todd Pletcher, was disqualified
after the meet concluded upon testing positive for a banned substance. Velazquez’s
official win total for 2004 stands at 64.
With his big day on Sunday, Dominguez became the first jockey to win
six races on a single Saratoga
card on two separate occasions, having won six races on July 22. Velazquez was
the first to win six races in one day at Saratoga,
having achieved the feat on September 3, 2001.
Unbridled Command gave Dominguez his sixth win on Sunday by racing in fifth
as free-running Skyring set fast fractions of 22.51, 46.35, and 1:10.80,
launching a rally between horses midway on the final turn, claiming a narrow
lead at the head of the stretch, and digging in late to defeat the pacesetter
by a half-length.
focusing on giving [Unbridled Command] the best ride that I could and getting
the most from him,” said Dominguez. “Coming to the three-eighths
pole, when I was able to squeeze in between horses, he gave me a great
kick. I knew I wasn’t already there, but I was excited. It was neat. When
I passed the wire, it was one of those [moments] to take a second to let all of
it sink in.”
Unbridled Command completed the 1 1/8 miles of the Saranac, a turf race
for 3-year-olds, in 1:46.54 and returned $22.60 for a $2 win wager.
“I actually think the horse would have been 15-1
or 16-1 if it wasn’t for Ramon riding,” said winning trainer Tom
Bush. “I was very fortunate to get him. You’re always in good hands
in the big races when you can get the top riders, and he’s obviously the
Overall, Unbridled Command, a Lakland Farm
color-bearer, is 4-1-2 in eight starts. The $90,000 winner’s share of the
Saranac purse lifted his earnings to $214,040.
Other meet highlights for Dominguez have included wins in the Grade 2
Jim Dandy and Grade 1 Travers (the latter via dead heat) aboard Alpha and
four-win days on August 9 and August 13.
Dominguez has already clinched his second Angel Cordero, Jr. Saratoga riding title as
he leads Javier Castellano by 17 races going into Monday’s card. Including
his 2009 and 2012 Saratoga
titles, Dominguez has been the leading rider at 18 NYRA meets and has topped
the year-end NYRA jockey standings the past three years.
Favored Lucky Chappy was third in the Saranac, followed by King Kreesa,
Excaper, Set the Sail, Starforce, Quick Wit, Spring to the Sky, and Shkspeare