Upstart Victorious in Holy Bull

January 26, 2015 –  Upstart tops the list of North America’s leading money-winning Thoroughbreds by virtue of his victory in the $400,000 Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream Saturday. The 3-year-old son of Flatter earned $238,080 in his first start of the year for trainer Richard Violette, Jr., owner Ralph Evans and jockey Jose Ortiz.

Cassatt, winner of Saturday’s $400,000 Houston Ladies Classic at Sam Houston Race Park, is second with $232,800 and last week’s leader, Sr. Quisquedero, is third with $153,450.

Jerry Hollendorfer leads the trainers’ standings with $1,192,231. Todd Pletcher is second with $757,682 and Peter Miller is third with $614,707.

Javier Castellano maintains his position atop the jockeys’ standings with $1,161,266. Ortiz moved into second with $1,082,226 and his brother, Irad Ortiz, Jr., second in the Holy Bull with Frosted, is third with $987,502.

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 January 25, 2014, click here.
Notable News:

Claiming Championship Series at Big A to feature 10 stakes worth $710K

By Jenny Kellner | 01/26/2015 01:23 PM ET
Press Release

The New York Racing Association's inaugural Claiming Championship Series will offer 10 stakes races worth $710,000 when it debuts at Aqueduct Racetrack on Saturday, March 21.

Named after some of the most familiar claiming horses to run at the Big A, the 10 races - half at six furlongs and half at 1 1/16 miles, all on the inner track - are open to horses who have started for a claiming price this year or last year.

"The Claiming Championship Series gives those horses who have run at Aqueduct during the winter months their chance to shine on a prominent day of racing," said Martin Panza, Senior Vice President of Racing Operations for the New York Racing Association. "We have all seen the success of the Claiming Crown [currently run in Florida in December] in Florida and we will see if it works for us."

Heading the two-turn races is the $100,000 Mr. Sinatra, open to horses who have started for any claiming price in 2014-15. The $80,000 Stud Muffin and the $80,000 Karakorum Elektra for fillies and mares are open to those who have started for a claiming price of $25,000 or less, while the $60,000 More To Tell and $60,000 Sis City for fillies and mares are open to those who have started for a tag of $16,000 or less. 

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