Castellano Continues to Lead Jockey Standings; Nearing Record

November 23, 2015 -- Javier Castellano, who already has set the record for North American purses earned in one year, is nearing Joel Rosario’s record for worldwide purses by a North American jockey of $27,585,941. Castellano’s current year total is $26,599,259.

Irad Ortiz, Jr. is second with $21,520,787 and John Velazquez is third with $19,149,477.

Equine standings remain unchanged with American Pharoah on top with $8,288,800. California Chrome is second with $2,100,000 and Tepin is third with $2,092,520.

Todd Pletcher leads the trainer standings with $25,400,216. Chad Brown is second with $19,299,417 and Bob Baffert is third with $16,609,461.

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.

Click HERE for the weekly leaders through November 22, 2015.

Notable News:

Nebraska live horse racing increases for first time in decades

By Nicholas Bergin
Lincoln Journal Star
November 23, 2015

For the first time in years, Nebraska horse tracks in 2016 are expected to host more live race days than they did the prior year.

Nebraska horse racing has been on a steady decline since peaking in 1988 when there were 233 racing days and $214.6 million wagered ($474.3 million in today’s dollars).

For the past three years, the state has hosted 51 days of live racing each year. In 2014, the tracks generated $7.1 million in wagers on instate races and $60.9 million in bets placed on live interstate race simulcasts, which the state approved in 1987.

The state’s five horse tracks plan to host 53 days next year, as approved by the Nebraska State Racing Commission on Monday at a meeting in Lincoln.

The two extra days will be at Horsemen’s Park in Omaha, which plans five days of events, averaging five live races a day, on May 20-22 and July 29-30.

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