Saturday, September 19, 2009


LAUREL, MD. 09-19-09---Ramon Dominguez, the nation’s leading rider, will be showcasing his skills at Laurel Park next Saturday during the $1.23 million Jim McKay Maryland Million day, a program of races for the offspring of Maryland-based stallions.

Dominguez, who won six riding titles in Maryland earlier this decade before moving his tack to Delaware Park has been the dominate jockey in New York this season. The Venezuelan has captured all three New York Racing Association meets: Aqueduct winter, Belmont Park spring and Saratoga summer in his first year as a full-time rider in the nation’s top circuit.

“Unbelievable,” said Steve Rushing, Dominguez’s agent. “We expected to do well but never anticipated setting records at Aqueduct and Belmont and winning the marquee meet at Saratoga. We have far exceeded what we thought we would accomplish.”

Dominguez leads all-North American riders with more than $13 million in earnings and is second in wins, behind Russell Baze, with more than 300.

Dominguez could become the leading rider in the twenty-four year history of Maryland Million. He enters the card with 15 victories on Maryland’s Day at the Races, one fewer than Mario Pino and Edgar Prado. Pino will also have mounts on the Million card.

Whether or not Pino moves ahead of Prado and into sole possession of first place, he will be looking over his shoulder because Rushing has secured in seven mounts for his 32-year-old rider, with two others pending.

Dominguez, who won a record five races on Maryland Million day in 2005, will be aboard: Broadway Producer (Classic), Blind Date (Oaks), Roaring Lion (Sprint), Izzy Speaking (Turf), Met A Miner (Distaff), Love Who (Nursery) and Ben’s Boots (Lassie).

“We are trying to stay in front in the earnings standings,” said Rushing, who has 33 Maryland Million victories while representing Dominguez, Prado and Travis Dunkelberger. “Maryland Million has been good to me throughout the years. It is an enjoyable day and winning makes it even more enjoyable.”

The Laurel Park racing office will take entries for the Jim McKay Maryland Million on Wednesday morning.

On race day, the first 4,000 full-paid admissions and Maryland-licensed owners and trainers will each receive a free Jim McKay Maryland Million Sport Cap. On track entertainment will feature retired racehorses showcasing talents in new careers, DRK Miniature horses and Goshen hounds

Country music sensation Chris Young will hold a special concert in-between the sixth and seventh races. The 24-year-old will be performing his top ten hit “Getting’ You Home” (The Black Dress Song).

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