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Jockeys' Dangerous Job
SARATOGA SPRINGS -- It is the only sport where an ambulance follows the athletes. A jockey's life can change in an instant.
Ramon Dominguez was the best at his game, and he had the awards to prove it. Twice last year, he won six races in a single day. However, his career came to an abrupt end in January when he fell during a race at Aqueduct. He announced his retirement in June at the age of 36.
"Its a reminder of how dangerous it is and I think we all - I certainly lose perspective sometimes, and its important not to lose that perspective," said NYRA racing analyst Andy Serling.
Injuries are not uncommon in the sport, but it doesn't make the decision to call it quits any easier. Richard Migliore was a popular jockey, but a spill in 2010 ended his career.
"It is a very difficult thing when you have to stop doing something you love and you're forced into that, its not of your own volition," Migliore said.
Dominguez was able to leave as a winner, with his horses earning $192 million in his career - and he lived to tell about it.