Keen Pauline's trainer missed his flight, but the 3-year-old filly didn't miss a step in Friday's $250,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico Race Course. After finishing second twice and third once in her first five starts, the Kentucky-bred and trained horse went wire-to-wire in winning her first stakes race.
Most riders accept the risk of injury in a business that could hardly be more hazardous. While tracks provide jockeys with insurance coverage, there is no long-term care. The Jockeys' Guild says one in five jockeys gets injured and misses work in a given year.
Jockey Ramon Dominguez has retired from horse racing after suffering a head injury at Aqueduct Racetrack in New York on Jan. 18, the 36-year-old announced through the New York Racing Association on Thursday morning.
Kent Desormeaux will return to his racing roots in Maryland when he rides Saturday in the 137th Preakness Stakes, while two other Hall of Famers, Edgar Prado and Ramon Dominguez, will be back at Pimlico, the track that served as their proving ground.
Reigning Horse of the Year Havre de Grace treated Fair Grounds guests to a shamrock-flavored shower of power Saturday, giving those on hand and racing fans all over the world a St. Patrick's Day to remember with a facile 4 1/2-length victory as she made her 2012 debut in the third running of the $150,000 New Orleans Ladies.