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Jockey Ramon Dominguez Out of Intensive Care

ARCADIA, CA - OCTOBER 24:  Jockey Ramon Dominguez rides Sky Diva in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies race during the Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park October 24, 2008 in Arcadia, California.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

ARCADIA, CA - OCTOBER 24: Jockey Ramon Dominguez rides Sky Diva in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies race during the Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park October 24, 2008 in Arcadia, California. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)  (2008 Getty Images)

Jockey Ramon Dominguez has made enough progress in the recovery from a fractured skull injury to be transferred out of the intensive care unit.

Dominguez was injured when his mount Convocation stumbled and fell in a race Jan. 18 at Aqueduct, pitching the rider onto the winterized inner track.

He was moved on Thursday from the neurological ICU at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center to a medical step-down unit, an intermediate location between the ICU and a regular inpatient room.

"Ramon's doctors say he is recovering well, and we're beginning to discuss his rehab options," wife Sharon said in a statement.

There are no target dates for when Dominguez will be released from the hospital, nor a career-resumption timetable for the three-time defending Eclipse Award winner as the nation's leading jockey.

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Dominguez set the North American record last year when his mounts earned $25.5 million.

Based on reporting by The Associated Press.

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