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By Blood-Horse Staff
On Dec. 31, the end-of-the-year statistics for leading horse, jockey, trainer, owner, and breeder by earnings were well defined.
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) 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, is the leading jockey, with his mounts earning $25,461,850. Javier Castellano checked in 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. 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 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.
TODD PLETCHER DOMINATED THE TRAINER STANDINGS IN 2012