Wednesday, January 02, 2008Contact: John Cooney
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US jockey Gomez tops 07 earnings rankings with US$22 million

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

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).

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.

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).

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, LLC, 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, Inc., $3,967,399 (69/360); Live Oak Plantation, $3,805,416 (54/293); Heiligbrodt Racing Stable, $3,792,466 (95/515); Fox Hill Farms Inc., $3,705,486 (38/162); and Jim Tafel LLC, $3,655,913 (17/103).

In addition to the official North American racing leaders’ lists available at, Equibase also provides a second set of leaders’ lists that includes the results of the Dubai World Cup card from March 31, 2007, at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse. Inclusion of these international earnings does not affect the leader in each of the four categories. Including these international earnings, Todd Pletcher remained the leading trainer with earnings of $28,571,697, Garrett 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.