01/01/2004 12:00AM

Frankel and Bailey tops in 2003


Bailey-Frankel. Frankel-Bailey. No matter which way you put it, there was no getting around the dominance of racing's dynamic duo in 2003.

For the second consecutive year, Bailey broke his own record for North American earnings by a jockey with $23,354,960. Bailey also set the record for North American stakes wins, 70, breaking Mike Smith's mark of 68, set in 1994. Bailey is almost assured of his seventh Eclipse Award for top jockey.

Ramon Dominguez topped the jockey list in races won in 2003 with 453, 43 more than seven-time leader Russell Baze.

After falling less than $100,000 short last year, Frankel broke D. Wayne Lukas's record for earnings with $19,143,289. Frankel won 25 Grade 1 races in 2003, also a record. Frankel is expected to win his fifth Eclipse Award for top trainer, which would also be a record.

In the race for top trainer by wins, Scott Lake turned the tables on Steve Asmussen, winning 453 races to Asmussen's 451. Last year, Asmussen edged Lake by eight wins.

The leading owner by both earnings and wins was Michael Gill, whose far-flung stable won 425 races and earned $9,236,530.

Moon Ballad won the $6 million Dubai World Cup en route to becoming the top-earning horse of 2003, with a bankroll of $3,719,798.