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Ramon Dominguez starts brain injury rehab

USA: Ramon Dominguez has begun a brain injury rehabilitation programme as the leading rider continues his recovery from a fractured skull sustained in a fall at Aqueduct last month.

Ramon Dominguez

Ramon Dominguez: fractured skull

  PICTURE: Masakazu Takahashi  

Dominguez, 36, has been transferred to the Burke Rehabilitation Hospital in New York and "is improving everyday" according to his wife Sharon. It is uncertain how long he will remain at the hospital or when he will return to riding.

She added: "He was transferred to Burke on Wednesday, completed initial evaluations on Thursday, and started a brain injury rehabilitation programme on Friday.

"As Ramon takes the next steps in his treatment, he and I would like to thank everyone again for the continued support and prayers. Although his injury will take time to heal, Ramon is on the road to a full recovery."

Dominguez, who landed a third successive outstanding jockey Eclispe Award in the US at last month's ceremony, was injured when his mount clipped heels and sent him tumbling into the dirt surface at Aqueduct.

The jockey set an earnings record in North America last year of $25.6 million (£16.3m) and partnered Little Mike to victory in the Breeders' Cup Turf at Santa Anita.

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