Castellano Continues to Lead Jockeys’ Standings

October 20, 2014 –  Javier Castellano maintains his position atop the North American jockeys’ standings with $21,436,234. Joel Rosario is second with $18,709,076 and Irad Ortiz, Jr. is third with $16,677,647.

Equine standings remain unchanged as California Chrome leads with $3,327,800. Tonalist is second with $1,798,250 and Untapable is third with $1,708,600.

Todd Pletcher continues to lead the trainers’ standings with $19,737,598. Chad Brown is second with $11,301,399.

Jerry Hollendorfer is third with $10,444,017.

Equine earnings are for all starters of at least one race in North America and include earnings from all international races. Trainer and jockey standings are for North American-based individuals but include earnings from select international races.

For a listing of the weekly leaders for horses, trainers, and jockeys through October 19, 2014, click here.
Notable News:

Raffetto Joins New England HBPA Effort

October 21, 2014 5:14 PM
By Lynne Snierson
The Blood-Horse

Lou Raffetto, former Suffolk Downs vice president of racing, is teaming with the New England Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association in its efforts to structure a deal that would restore live racing at the track.

The horsemen are seeking to lease the East Boston, Mass., facility from its current ownership.

"I have nine years of experience with Suffolk Downs and I'm very proud of what we accomplished with Suffolk in general and with the Mass 'Cap in specific," said Raffetto, who was part of the team that re-opened the then-shuttered track in the early 1990s and returned the track's marquee race to national prominence. "Lazarus came back from the dead once. Let's try it again."

Raffetto, a racing industry expert, was introduced as a consultant to the NEHBPA by Anthony Spadea, president of the organization, to members of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission at an Oct. 21 hearing held in Boston to solicit public input regarding the horsemen's placeholder dates application for a live meet at Suffolk in 2015.

The MGC drove a stake through the heart of the Thoroughbred industry in Massachusetts when it awarded the sole Boston area casino license to Wynn Resorts on Sept. 16 instead of to Mohegan Sun, which was partnered with Suffolk Downs. Immediately afterward, Suffolk's owners announced that this year would be the last for live racing and the meet ended on Oct. 4.

After the MGC received considerable blow-back from track workers, horsemen, breeders and other industry stakeholders for its decision, it said it would keep the door open as wide as possible for live racing to continue.
  

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2014 Industry Events:
  Event Date
* AAEP Annual Convention
Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, UT
December 6-10, 2014
http://www.aaep.org/
* Global Symposium on Racing & Gaming
Westin La Paloma Resort - Tucson, AZ
December 8-11, 2014
http://www.ua-rtip.org/
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