Dominguez deemed eligible for 2016 Hall of Fame ballot
Ramon Dominguez, the multiple Eclipse Award-winning rider who retired in 2013 after a career-ending injury, will be eligible for consideration for the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame this year even though he has not been retired for five years, the executive committee of the Hall of Fame announced on Wednesday.
In a release, the executive committee said that Dominguez would have been eligible for consideration this year if he had continued riding due to a separate requirement that allows for eligibility 20 years after a rider is first licensed. Dominguez, who won the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey in three consecutive years from 2010-2012, rode his first race in 1996.
The executive committee noted that it can waive the five-year retirement requirement “at its discretion based on special circumstances.”
Dominguez won 4,985 races from 21,267 mounts during his career, a strike rate of 23 percent, and earned $191.6 million in purses. He led the nation in wins in 2001, 2003, and from 2010-2012, and he set a single-season record for earnings in 2012, although that record has been surpassed since by Javier Castellano.
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