01/01/2014 1:55PM

Castellano, Pletcher among 2013 leaders


Javier Castellano, who set a single-season earnings mark, led the nation in both earnings and wins among jockeys in 2013, while trainer Todd Pletcher far outdistanced his peers once again, winning his eighth money title in the past 10 years.

Castellano totaled $26,213, 507 for his mounts, eclipsing the record set in 2012 by Ramon Dominguez, who was forced to retire last January due to head injuries. Castellano was over $4 million clear of his nearest rival, Joel Rosario. It was the first time Castellano led the country in earnings. Castellano also was the also the clear leader in victories, winning 362 races to Rosario’s 275. Among his bigger successes this year were three Grade 1 wins aboard Princess of Sylmar for Pletcher and a win by disqualification on Ria Antonia in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies

Pletcher topped the $25 million mark for the third time in his career, with $25,248,816. He was nearly $10 million ahead of Bob Baffert in second. In addition to winning four Grade 1 races, including the Kentucky Oaks, with Princess of Sylmar, Pletcher also won the Belmont Stakes with Palace Malice.

Steve Asmussen once again was the leader in wins among trainers, with 307. It was ninth time in the last 12 years Asmussen has topped that list.

Ken and Sarah Ramsey also had a dominating year, leading all owners in earnings with $12,231,045. Midwest Thoroughbreds was the leading owner by victories with 401.

Mucho Macho Man, who edged out Will Take Charge to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic, also narrowly won the money title over that rival with $2,984,000.