With one day remaining on the 2012 racing calendar, the end-of-the-year statistics for leading horse, jockey, trainer, owner, and breeder by earnings were well defined through racing of Dec. 30.
Fort Larned, winner of this year's Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park and three other graded stakes including the Aug. 4 Whitney Invitational (gr. I), was the leading horse with $3,598,455 in earnings. Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT), Arlington Million (gr. IT), and Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (gr. IT) winner Little Mike came in second with earnings of $2,668,742.
Ramon Dominguez, the jockey that piloted Little Mike to victory in the Breeders' Cup Turf and Arlington Million, was the leading jockey, with his mounts earning $25,461,850 through Dec. 30. Javier Castellano was second with $22,441,852.
Trainer Todd Pletcher, who saddled 233 horses to victory from 854 starters in 2012, was the leading trainer with earnings of $20,953,848 with one day to go in the year. Among his big horses of 2012 were 10 grade I winners, including Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) victor Shanghai Bobby.
Hall of Famer Bob Baffert was second in the trainer standings with $15,035,626.
Richard Papiese's Chicago-based Midwest Thoroughbreds, which is known for racing a stable of primarily quality claimers across the Midwest, Northeast, and Southeast, was the leading owner with earnings of $10,147,998. John Oxley came in second with $5,139,634.
Frank Stronach's Adena Springs easily topped the breeder standings with $12,344,223. Brereton Jones, owner of Airdrie Stud, located near Versailles, Ky. was second on the list with year-end earnings of $8,700,796.