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Ramon Dominguez Retires

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.   
I 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 DeFrancis Dash.
2004 – Won his 2,000th race and his first Breeders’ Cup race in the Turf on Better Talk Now.
2007 – Recorded his 3,000th winner.
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 top jockey.
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 14-15.
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 purses. 


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Arnold answers for Eddie " I'll Be Back "
I wish this man well in anything and everything he does. May he live each day with God's blessings and find happiness throughout his life.
I hope he has just as much success it whatever he decides to do next.
Jerry Bailey is probably the worst handicapper of all time. Yes, even worse than some on here. I'll always remember this: "Alpha won't hit the board in the Travers and has no chance at winning. He only weighs 900 pounds and will not be able to carry those extra 3 pounds." haha :).
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  • Sully · Sorry Rafi, but if you've ever heard Ramon talk, I'm pretty positive he wouldn't be better than Bailey. Maybe telemundo, but I wish him the best in any endeavours he so chooses. · 1620 days ago
  • Sully · FYI, Bailey can only speak from his knowledge as a rider, why do you think he's doing broadcasting? Stevens did it, got frustrated, and returned to riding to show he knows WTF he is talking about. They can't control the riders on the horses' back, they can only imagine what they would do. Do you really think Oxbow would've won the Preakness without Stevens? Do you think Stevens might have predicted some past losers in the same race that didn't happen based upon his riding ability. I'm sorry, but the greats of the past 10 years aren't the greats like Bailey, Stevens, Day, etc. and I think Stevens came back and proved that within a year. One word will always live in infamy with Jerry Bailey when it comes to handicapping, Arcangues. · 1620 days ago
Very sad day for the sport of Horse Racing. I am going to miss watching his beautiful riding style. He had the most perfect balance I think I've ever seen in a jockey. And I'm going to miss hearing Tom Durkin announce "RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRamon Dominguez" as the winner whenever the Venezuelan genius returned to the winner's circle, which was often several times a day.
This quote comes from NBC coverage of the Travers, I am guessing? And one loss is not enough to determine him being the worst of all time. You didn't have Oxbow
This is a sad sad day...ramon was one of the greatest of all times....wirejob expert and turf rocket closing expert..he will be missed
It seems like it took a while for Ramon to accept the dangers that another spill could present. He will be missed on horseback, but hopefully he will find a new spot on the racetrack.
Hey, Jason Kidd went into coaching 10 days after his retirement as a player. Perhaps Ramon D will go into broadcasting. Hopefully, he's a better analyst and broadcaster than Jerry Bailey is :).
I hope he is happy in his retirement. It's always hard leaving what you love to do, but I hope to see him involved in racing in some other way.
wishing Ramon the best. he was a great jockey.
I don't know who is the best rider of the last ten years, but I know none were better than Ramon Dominguez. I wish him and his family all the best in his life after riding.

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