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Anne M. Eberhardt

2012 Year-End Leaders are Well Defined

Fort Larned, Ramon Dominguez, Todd Pletcher, and Midwest Thoroughbreds are leaders

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.