Ramon Dominguez announces his retirement from racing
Sad news as Ramon was not just exceedingly talented and accomplished rider, but also very reserved, highly respected and admired for his conduct. One of the "good guys" at the very top who earned his accolades from other riders, trainers, owners, fans, etc.
“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.”
The last few years he was on the absolute top of the profession ...
Ranked 1st by Earnings - 2012
Ranked 2nd by Wins - 2012
Ranked 1st by Earnings - 2011
Ranked 2nd by Wins - 2011
Ranked 1st by Earnings - 2010
Ranked 2nd by Earnings - 2009
Ranked 2nd by Wins - 2009
Ranked 2nd by Wins - 2010
Just shocked to read this - will miss him greatly. Such class and rode so brilliantly and consistently. And what a spokesman for the sport. They should make him head of NYRA!! But then again, maybe he'd like to enjoy his life. Hope he'll otherwise be just fine.
But he thought, "This procession has got to go on." So he walked more proudly than ever, as his noblemen held high the train that wasn't there at all. H.C.Anderson