The following statement was issued by NTRA President and CEO Alex Waldrop following the retirement of leading jockey Ramon Dominguez:

“Ramon Dominguez leaves an indelible mark on Thoroughbred racing and his profession. His many victories and achievements earned him three consecutive Eclipse Awards as the nation’s leading jockey in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Above all, he epitomizes sportsmanship and professionalism as demonstrated by the respect he earned from his fellow jockeys. He is destined for Thoroughbred racing’s Hall of Fame.”

Alex Waldrop,

President and CEO,

National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA)

The following statement from Ramon Dominguez, was issued through the NYRA press office:

“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.”

Ramon Dominguez

June 13, 2013