Pletcher Continues to Lead Trainers’ Standings

June 29, 2015 --  Todd Pletcher, who sent out Golden Lad to win the $300,000 Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Handicap Saturday, continues to lead the North American trainer standings with $12,439,024.

Bob Baffert is second with $9,958,959 and Chad Brown is third with $6,811,317.

Victor Espinoza, who rode Hard Aces to victory in the $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita Saturday, remains atop the jockey standings with $11,922,586.

Javier Castellano, Golden Lad’s rider, is second with $11,360,862 and John Velazquez is third with $8,831,650.

Equine standings remain unchanged as American Pharoah leads with $4,168,800. California Chrome is second with $2,100,000 and Mubtaahij is third with $1,300,000.

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 June 28, 2015, click here.
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Gulfstream Park Concludes Spring Meeting

Horse Racing Nation
July 1, 2015

After 12 weeks of competition, Gulfstream Park concluded its spring race meet Tuesday, awarding meet titles for leading rider, owner and trainer.

Apprentice Tyler Gaffalione, who assumed command of the rider standings in early May and never looked back, was a comfortable winner of the meet title, the first of his still-young riding career. Gaffalione, 20, rode 69 winners between April 8 and June 30, 22 more than second-leading rider Eddie Castro. Those victories included stakes triumphs aboard Celebrity Star in the May 3 Sunrise Handicap; Little Michelle in the Gracie Handicap on May 16; and Little Alexis in the Barey Even Handicap on June 20. The South Florida native twice had four-win days during the meet, doing so on May 1 and June 28, and his mounts earned a total of almost $1.5 million.

"It’s such a humbling experience,” Gaffalione said. “I’ve worked so hard, and my agent has put in a lot of work for us to get here. We’ve tried to do everything the right way, and I just feel so blessed to be given this opportunity.

“Everyone out here is working hard,” he added. “It’s just a matter of luck. You get to ride the good horses, some people just get better opportunities, but everyone’s out here working hard, and I’m just blessed to be given the opportunity to ride such nice horses for such good trainers.”

Frank Calabrese captured the title as leading owner, as his horses earned 21 victories this spring. The Chicago native, who has captured numerous meet titles at Gulfstream over the years, was represented by runners that earned more than $319,000; his horses won at a 32-percent clip and finished in the money more than 60 percent of the time.

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