Jockey Ramon Dominguez, who suffered a fractured skull Friday in a spill at Aqueduct, is "slowly progressing each day,'' his agent, Steve Rushing, said yesterday. "He's talking a little bit more today,'' Rushing said in a text to the New York Racing Association.
The day after being honored with his third consecutive Eclipse Award, Dominguez remained in the intensive care unit at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center. New York-based riders John Velazquez and Javier Castellano accepted the trophy for him at ceremonies at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla.
Wise Dan was named Horse of the Year, champion older male and male turf champion. Other winners included Shanghai Bobby (2-year-old male); Beholder (2-year-old filly); I'll Have Another (3-year-old male); Questing (3-year-old filly); Royal Delta (older female); Trinniberg (male sprinter); Groupie Doll (female sprinter); Zagora (female turf) and Pierrot Lunaire (steeplechase).
Dale Romans (trainer), Godolphin Racing (owner), Darley (breeder) and Jose Montano (apprentice rider) also won.
Ortizes sweep first 7 at Big A. Apprentice jockey Jose Ortiz, 19, won the first three races yesterday at Aqueduct before his brother, Irad, 20, won the next four, including the $75,000 Turnofthecentury Stakes on Brigand.