Trainer Bobby Frankel, just missed record earnings' mark.

Trainer Bobby Frankel, just missed record earnings' mark.

Anne M. Eberhardt

Frankel Finishes Short of Earnings Mark

Trainer Bobby Frankel, headed for his third consecutive Eclipse Award as the nation's top trainer, will not set the national money-earning record in 2002.

Frankel, $102,418 short of the purse earnings mark for trainers of $17,842,358 set by D. Wayne Lukas in 1988, needed to win with both of his starters on Tuesday's Santa Anita card in order to break the record.

However, Sumitas, running in the day's fifth race, a $70,000 allowance event, finished third.

The near-miss, however, did nothing to detract from what Frankel called "a great year."

Going into the final day of the year, Frankel's record in North America for 2002 was 478 starts, 117 wins, 82 seconds, 73 thirds and earnings of $17,739,940.

In stakes events, the 61-year-old Hall of Fame trainer has won 60 of 215 starts, including 43 graded races. Four of those, all grade I, were worth $1 million: the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf with Starine; the Travers with Medaglia d'Oro; the Arlington Million with Beat Hollow; and the Santa Anita Handicap with Milwaukee Brew.