Castellano Continues to Lead Jockeys' Standings

November 17, 2014 –  Javier Castellano maintained his position atop the North American jockeys’ standings with $23,943,333 in 2014 purse earnings.  Joel Rosario is second with $20,327,279 and John Velazquez is third with $18,721,442.

Todd Pletcher continues to dominate the trainers’ money standings with $21,149,071. Chad Brown is second with $14,593,410 and Bob Baffert is third with $12,985,060.

Bayern leads the equine standings with $4,389,680. California

Chrome is second with $3,827,800 and Untapable is third with $2,808,600.

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 November 16, 2014, click here.
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Virginia Horse Groups Unite, Examine Options

By Frank Angst,
November 19, 2014 2:35 PM
The Blood-Horse

Four prominent Virginia horse groups have united to form a new organization, the Virginia Equine Alliance, dedicated to growing the state's racing industry since Colonial Downs opted last month not to apply for race dates in 2015.

The four member groups of the new organization are the Virginia Thoroughbred Association, the Virginia Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, the Virginia Harness Horse Association, and the Virginia Gold Cup.

The alliance envisions organizing racing as a non-profit corporation with associated charities being given the opportunity to raise funds through their participation on racing days. All net revenue from the planned not-for-profit model would be directed back into the industry.

A new plan is needed because of the Oct. 15 decision by Colonial Downs owner Jeffrey Jacobs to withdraw the track's request for Thoroughbred and Standardbred race dates in 2015. After failing to reach an agreement with the Virginia HBPA this year, no 2014 Thoroughbred racing dates were offered at Colonial.

The VEA's interim board includes David Ross of the Virginia HBPA, Dr. William Allison (Gold Cup), Wayne Chatfield-Taylor (VTA), and Dr. R.C. Dunavant (VHHA). It has named current VTA executive director Debbie Easter interim president of the VEA and has enlisted John "Jeb" Hannum as interim executive director.

Easter pointed out that the not-for-profit model has been successful for the Virginia Gold Cup, which draws about 50,000 spectators for its steeplechase races at Great Meadow in The Plains, Va.

"The profits in racing just aren't enough for these corporate casinos but I think we can do things that help the industry, put money back in the industry, and help it grow; and do good things for the community," Easter said.  

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