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Birth Date: June 06, 1983
Birth Place: Maracaibo, Venezuela
2011 SEASON: ranked fifth in Maryland with 53 wins, including 47 during the Laurel fall meet… rode three winners in Maryland on November 18 and December 7…won the Primonetta Stakes at Pimlico aboard Miss Fleetfoot…finished second in Delaware Park standings…tied for 60th nationally in victories (146) and was 90th in earnings ($3 million).
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: arrived in Maryland in the spring of 2003 and tied for the fifth spot in the state standings…was fourth in 2004, while leading all riders with 11 stakes victories, including the Grade III Pimlico Distaff on Friel’s For Real…won 201 races in 2004 for a career-best $5.1 million…won the 2003 Laurel Park fall meet riding title with 64 first place finishes…established a career-best with five winners on October 18 of that year…began his U.S. career in 2000 at Gulfstream Park as a 17-year old…has victories at more than 20 racetracks during his career, including all three Triple Crown tracks as well as Gulfstream, Saratoga and Keeneland…rode his first career winner aboard Ser Samantha on September 22, 1999 at Santa Rita Race Course in his native country….tied a career-high with five wins on April 5, 2008 including the Primonetta Stakes with Hungarian Boatbaby…earned 1,000th career winner on December 19, 2007 when Johnny Z. reached the wire first at Laurel Park.
PERSONAL: credits his older brother Javier, a top jock in New York and countryman Ramon Dominguez for assisting in his development as a rider…agent is Kevin Witte.