Broken left wrist to sideline jockey Dominguez 3 months

Fall occurs at Del. Park

Laurel meeting opens


Horse Racing

July 26, 2002|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

Ramon Dominguez - the nation's leading rider last year and currently second in the standings - will be sidelined an estimated three months after breaking his left wrist in a spill at Delaware Park on Wednesday.

Dominguez underwent surgery yesterday at Christiana Medical Center near Newark, Del.

"He called this morning urging me to get another client because he'll be out for an extended period," said Dominguez's agent, Steve Rushing. "I told him to worry about getting better."

Dominguez had 431 victories in 2001, including 297 at Maryland tracks, and trailed only Northern California fixture Russell Baze with his 217 this year, including 107 in Maryland.

He was second in the jockey standings at Laurel Park's winter meeting and fourth at this year's Preakness meet at Pimlico.

Ntombi 3-to-1 pick

Michael Dickinson-trained Ntombi has been installed as a mild, 3-to-1 favorite in tomorrow's Grade III, $150,000 Martha Washington Breeders' Cup for 3-year-old fillies on the turf.

She is 3-for-3 on firm turf, but has not run over a Laurel course that was rated only good yesterday after rainfall softened it and created some loosening of the sod during the running of two grass races.

Listed second in the overnight odds at 7-to-2 is Bells For Marlin, a stakes winner at Monmouth Park last time out. She will be ridden by red-hot Horatio Karamanos, who romped to the jockey title at Colonial Downs with 57 victories.

Infinite Spirit, who has been testing toughies in New York, is at 4-to-1.

Rolling in saddle

Karamanos continued his winning ways with three victories on Laurel's opening program, all for trainer Jimmy Murphy.

A crowd of 5,993 welcomed live racing back to Maryland.

Grandstand testing

If one more test goes well, the grandstand windows at Laurel should be restored and the scaffolding removed by late autumn.

"We hope the test on the [supporting] rods is positive," said Maryland Jockey Club chief operating officer Lou Raffetto. "If so, we can go ahead with the remedial plan."

One section of glass has been removed and the others are to be repaired section by section while live racing is conducted at Pimlico in September and October.

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