Stronach, Pletcher, Gomez at Top
Date Posted: 1/1/2008 3:11:28 PM
Last Updated: 1/4/2008 1:09:21 PM

Garrett Gomez, with earnings of $22,800,074, topped the North American leading jockeys' list for a second consecutive year in 2007.
Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

From Equibase

Stronach Stables, Todd Pletcher, and Garrett Gomez top the individual lists of the leading owners, trainers, and jockeys, respectively, by North American earnings in 2007, according to final statistics released Jan. 1 by Equibase, the Thoroughbred industry’s official database for racing information.

Curlin led all Thoroughbreds in 2007 with North American earnings of $5,102,800. Following Curlin was Street Sense with $3,205,000 and English Channel with $2,640,000.

The year-end compilations are distributed annually by Equibase and include results from Thoroughbred racing in North America only.

Stronach Stables, North America’s leading owner in 2002, won 128 races from 537 starts and earned $7,076,138 in North America during 2007 to lead all owners. Runner-up was Zayat Stables, which won 98 races from 521 starts for earnings of $6,171,916.

Completing the top 10 owners by North American earnings in 2007 were Stonestreet Stables, Padua Stables, George Bolton and Midnight Cry Stables, $5,080,000 (5 wins/8 starts); Maggi Moss, $4,225,437 (196/725); Ken and Sarah Ramsey, $3,996,973 (106/380); Melnyk Racing Stables, $3,967,399 (69/360); Live Oak Plantation, $3,805,416 (54/293); Heiligbrodt Racing Stable, $3,792,466 (95/515); Fox Hill Farms, $3,705,486 (38/162); and Jim Tafel, $3,655,913 (17/103).

Pletcher topped the leading trainers’ list for the fourth consecutive year in 2007. Pletcher-trained horses won 289 races from 1,228 starts for earnings of $28,111,697, surpassing the North American earnings mark of $26,820,243 he set the year before. Steve Asmussen finished second with earnings of $23,898,844 from 488 wins and 2,273 starts.

Completing the list of top 10 trainers by North American earnings in 2007 were Robert Frankel, $12,168,647 (123 wins/566 starts); Doug O’Neill, $10,156,219 (152/1,046); William Mott, $9,949,267 (156/774); Scott Lake, $9,724,556 (485/2,345); Richard Dutrow Jr., $9,604,524 (166/659); Kiaran McLaughlin, $9,305,403 (118/524); Gary Contessa, $7,597,499 (176/1,230); and Jerry Hollendorfer, $7,309,698 (244/1,012).

Garrett Gomez, with earnings of $22,800,074, topped the North American leading jockeys’ list for a second consecutive year in 2007. He rode the winners of 265 races from 1,258 mounts. Robby Albarado finished second, with 253 wins from 1,260 mounts and earnings of $19,399,249.

Rounding out the list of top 10 jockeys by North American earnings in 2007 were John Velazquez, $18,059,713 (199 wins/1,128 mounts); Cornelio Velasquez, $15,997,913 (262/1,619); Rafael Bejarano, $15,892,188 (241/1,469); Ramon Dominguez, $15,328,920 (319/1,332); Eibar Coa, $14,237,059 (285/1,628); Edgar Prado, $13,662,743 (207/1,117); Javier Castellano, $12,551,303 (168/1,107); and Julien Leparoux, $12,188,975 (261/1,404).

Equibase also provides a second set of leaders’ lists that includes the results of the Dubai World Cup card from March 31, 2007. Inclusion of the international earnings does not affect the leader in each of the four categories.

Including Dubai earnings, Pletcher remained the leading trainer with earnings of $28,571,697, Gomez the leading jockey with earnings of $23,800,074, Stronach Stables the leading owner with earnings of $7,076,138, and Curlin the leading Thoroughbred with earnings of $5,102,800.

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