Award-winning jockey Ramon Dominguez, who retired in June due to the
severity of injuries sustained in a spill at Aqueduct in January, will
make a special appearance at Laurel Park next Saturday, Sept. 21. Live
racing returns to the major Maryland tracks two days earlier after a
who was a regular rider at Laurel and Pimlico Race Course for five
years earlier in his career, will be saluted with a winners’ circle
presentation after the second race. The Maryland Jockey Club will make a
donation to Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) in his name. Dominguez will then conduct an autograph session in the grandstand from 2-3 p.m.
“I am doing pretty well,” said Dominguez this morning from his home on Long Island. “I have come a long way and am continuing in the recovery process.”
Venezuela native arrived in Maryland in 2000 and won 1,012 races at the
major Maryland tracks over the next five years, including 297 victories
in 2001 when he finished atop the standings at all four meets. He
finished first or second in the yearly jockey standings four times
during his time in the Maryland colony. In 2003, he earned his first
Grade 1 score when he guided A Huevo to victory in the 2003 Frank J. De
Francis Memorial Dash.
is a great memory for sure,” Dominguez said. “I rode the horse for Mike
Dickinson. He was very talented and ran extremely well that day. It was
one of those things that took a while to sink in but I am glad my first
Grade 1 was at Laurel because that was home for me at the time.”
$350,000 De Francis Dash tops the Sept. 21 card. The program also
features five open stakes races on the turf course and the Jameela
Stakes for Maryland-breds.
is extremely exciting for me to be there for many reasons. Maryland was
one of the places where I had the most success and just to see so many
friends will be special,” said Dominguez, who won 16 graded stakes races
in the state during his career. “I am very much looking forward to it.
It will bring back so many great memories.”
who has two young sons with his wife Sharon, retired with 4,985 career
victories and earnings of $191.6 million. Last year, he earned his third
consecutive Eclipse Award as the nation’s best rider when he surpassed
Jerry Bailey for the single-season record in North America with $25.6
million in earnings.
36-year-old is now devoting his time in assisting the PDJF, a 501 (c)
(3) public charity that provides financial assistance to former jockeys
who have suffered catastrophic on-track injuries.
always knew how important the PDJF was but now I have a greater
appreciation,” added Dominguez. “Unfortunately many injured riders do
not have the money to pay for basic needs. Doing events like this one
will help raise awareness for the organization. These athletes have
given it all to the sport, so I am just contributing in any way I can so
people can realize how important donations are. I am very passionate
about this next chapter in my life.”
has been said many times but as good a rider as Ramon Dominguez was, he
is an even a better person,” said Maryland Jockey Club president Tom
Chuckas. "He personified class both on and off the racetrack. Respected
by his peers and beloved by fans, racing needs more role models like
RAMON’S MARYLAND MEMORIES
- two G1 victories: 2003 De Francis Dash (A Huevo) and 2006 Pimlico Special (Invasor)
- won G2 Dixie Stakes five times (2003, 2004, 2006, 2007 & 2010)
- rode Regal Engagement to victory in the 2006 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (G2)
- pair of victories in G2 General George Handicap: My Cousin Matt (2003) and Bustin Stones (2008)
- aboard Harissa in Barbara Fritchie Handicap (G2) score in 2011
G3 victories at Maryland tracks: Allaire DuPont Distaff (2011), Miss
Preakness (2004 & 2006), Laurel Futurity (2003) and Anne Arundel
Preakness Stakes (G1) mounts during a 12-year period from 2001-2012,
which included runner-up finishes aboard Scrappy T (2005) and First Dude
- Tops all riders in Maryland Million victories with 17, including a record five wins in 2005
- leading rider in state in 2001 & 2003; ranked second in 2000 & 2002
Laurel Park Fall 2013 Promotional Schedule
admission, complimentary live program, $2 Natty Boh at the Boh Bar and
$3 Natty Boh Brats, plus a chance to win upcoming event tickets.
Fall Festival of Racing
stakes races including the Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash, T-shirt
giveaway, chance to win one of seven $500 Win Wagers, Ramon Dominguez
salute and autograph session, $2 Natty Boh at the Boh Bar, $3 Natty Boh
Brats. Terrace Dining Buffet and gift bag for dining room guests. Grand
opening of The Smoke House Grill (in food court) and concession &
drink specials throughout the track.
media event with free Pilsner glass, $2 drafts and contests with prizes
for all fans who like the Laurel Park Facebook page or follow
@LaurelPark on Twitter. Handicapping seminar for advance registrants
with complimentary continental breakfast.
all-day fan education experience including a barn tour,
behind-the-scenes visits with racing experts, wagering information and
lunch. Reservation and advance payment required.
Champions Handicapping Tournament
Prize is a $10,000 berth in the Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge at the
2013 Breeders' Cup. Second and third place winners go to Las Vegas to
compete in the Horse Player World Series.
10/5 – 10/6
Retired Racehorse Training Project’s Thoroughbred Makeover & National Symposium at PIMLICO RACE COURSE
first national gathering of organizations, farms and trainers who are
increasing awareness and demand for Thoroughbreds after their racing
the rich heritage of Thoroughbred racing in the state on Maryland's Day
at the Races. Eleven live races, a cap giveaway, a variety of on-track
events, including pony races, and a visit from Joey of War Horse fame,
brought to life by puppeteers.
Oktoberfest Maryland Style
Maryland craft beers, German fare on the Buffet and Live Music on the Apron.
11/1 and 11/2
Breeders’ Cup Weekend
Watch and wager on the two-day Breeders’ Cup simulcast from Santa Anita Park, plus live action at Laurel Park.
Laurel’s first race post time changes to 12:35 p.m. on Nov. 2.
Salute the Troops
Park salutes the military with free admission and food and beverage
discounts for retired and active military personnel and a guest, plus a
joint service color guard and historic military vehicle display. Card
will feature four stakes races.
Brew & Bourbon Classic
A fun-filled afternoon of beer tasting and bourbon sipping. Visit www.brewandbourbonclassic.com for tickets. The live racing program will include four stakes races.
and Donuts to Laurel Park fans until 11:00 a.m. Pumpkin or Apple pies
to fans at Laurel and Pimlico Race Course until supplies last. Special
11:15 a.m. post time for the live card.
$10,000 Giving Tree, 2014 MJC Calendar Giveaway and four stakes races.
Three stakes races highlight final Saturday card of the year.