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Sunday, March 18, 2012
Dominguez out with collarbone injury

By David Grening
Daily Racing Form



Jockey Ramon Dominguez, the two-time reigning Eclipse Award winner, suffered a separated -- but not fractured -- collarbone and will miss an undetermined amount of time as the result of a spill in Sunday's eighth race at Aqueduct.

Meanwhile, apprentice jockey Samuel Camacho Jr., involved in the same spill, was uninjured and is expected to ride Wednesday at Aqueduct. Both jockeys were released from North Shore University Hospital about 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

Dominguez told Daily Racing Form that he is not in any pain, but is wearing a sling designed to keep the separation from getting any worse. Dominguez said doctors told him recovery time from a separation is less than a fracture -- which is typically six to eight weeks -- but they wouldn't speculate on how long he'd be out of action.

Dominguez said he was hopeful of seeing a specialist Monday in New York City to get a better idea of how much time he will miss.

"I'm hoping two or three weeks, but what am I going to do? I have no control over it," Dominguez said by phone. "I'm thankful the horse didn't break down -- which I thought she did -- and that I didn't get hurt worse."

Dominguez, 35, is the regular rider of defending Horse of the Year Havre de Grace, whom he guided to victory in Saturday's New Orleans Ladies Stakes at Fair Grounds, in that mare's 5-year-old debut.

Dominguez also is the regular rider of Hansen, last year's 2-year-old champion and among the top prospects for this year's Kentucky Derby. Hansen is expected to make his next start in the $1 million Wood Memorial at Aqueduct on April 7. It is then four weeks to the Kentucky Derby on May 5.

"Right away, the first thing that comes to mind is the 3-year-olds," said Dominguez, who also rides Alpha, the Withers winner. "But I'm just glad I didn't get hurt any worse."

Prior to the spill, Dominguez had won three races on Sunday's card, including a victory aboard Flat Bold in the Time Tested Stakes, where Dominguez patiently waited for running room and pounced when it availed itself inside the sixteenth pole. Dominguez won his fifth consecutive inner track riding title with 104 victories.

In the eighth, Dominguez was aboard Mob Wife who led until about 50 yards from the wire, before she stumbled and fell, hurling Dominguez over her head and to the ground.

Suave N Sassy, a trailing horse with Camacho up, barreled into Mob Wife, unseating Camacho.

That spill came one race after two horses were vanned off in the seventh. Smartie Bobbi was pulled up before the finish line and was diagnosed with a slab fracture to her left knee. The 5-year-old mare, trained by Juan Serey, was still alive as of late Sunday afternoon. Honorable Truth, an 8-year-old mare trained and owned by Diane Balsamo and making her first start since last June, was vanned off after finishing fifth. She was reported to have been lame.

Sunday was the final day of racing over Aqueduct's inner track. Since the meet started Nov. 30, there have been 18 racing fatalities. NYRA officials announced last Wednesday that racing would be moved to the main track this coming Wednesday, two weeks earlier than scheduled.

Wednesday's card will include a pick-six carryover of $40,342 after the wager went unhit Sunday.