SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – In a statement released Thursday, jockey Ramon Dominguez has announced his retirement from the sport after an injury he sustained in an accident during a race at Aqueduct.
“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.”