Mshawish Leads North American Earnings after Donn Handicap Win

February 8, 2016 --  Mshawish, winner of Saturday’s $500,000 Donn Handicap at Gulfstream Park, tops the list of North America’s leading money-winning Thoroughbreds with $393,700 in 2016 purse earnings. The 5-year-old son of Medaglia d’Oro was trained by Todd Pletcher, ridden by John Velazquez and owned by Al Shaqab Racing.

Hoppertunity, winner of the $500,000 San Antonio Stakes at Santa Anita Saturday, moved into second with $324,000. Luke’s Alley, winner of Saturday’s $350,000 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap, took over third with $248,890.

Jose L. Ortiz maintains his position atop the jockey standings with current year purses totaling $1,463,648. Joel Rosario is second with $1,462,850 and Irad Ortiz, Jr. is third with $1,443,857.

Pletcher continues to lead the trainer standings with $1,789,825. Rudy Rodriguez is second with $946,740 and Hoppertunity’s trainer, Bob Baffert, moved into third with $931,475.

Equine earnings are for all starters of at least one race in North America and include earnings from some 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 February 7, 2016.

Notable News:

Industry Makes Its Case Against Decoupling

By Tom LaMarra,
February 9, 2016 4:33 PM
The Blood-Horse

Florida horse racing and breeding interests made their case against decoupling Feb. 9 during a House Regulatory Affairs Committee meeting, but lawmakers voted to move the legislation forward.

House committee members said the bills are expected to be debated and altered as they move their way through the legislative process. Because the bills are "proposed committee bills," they will be sent to the Speaker of the House for reassignment to other committees.

Meanwhile, the Senate Regulated Industries Committee postponed its scheduled Feb. 9 hearing on the legislation in that chamber.

Lawmakers noted the House and Senate are split on a $3 billion compact with the Seminole tribe and what is being called an overall expansion of gambling. There also are differences of opinion on decoupling: removal of statutory language that requires live racing in order for tracks to have slot machines.

Decoupling is being primarily pushed by Greyhound tracks and foes of dog racing, though there is language in one bill that pertains to dog and horse racing in Florida. Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Association executive vice president Lonny Powell told the House committee the group opposes decoupling but indicated lawmakers "understand we need a place to race."

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