01/01/2012 2:00PM

Pletcher, Dominguez repeat as earnings leaders in 2011

Barbara D. Livingston
Drosselmeyer led all North American horses with 2011 earnings of $2,927,000.

There were familiar names at the top of the national leader board in 2011.

Trainer Todd Pletcher’s stable led the nation in earnings with $17,186,956, his sixth title and second consecutive title in that category. Pletcher, 44, won his first career earnings title in 2004. His 2011 earnings were far below the $23.1 million his stable earned in 2010, but high enough to surpass Steve Asmussen ($16,287,685), Bob Baffert ($14,504,834), Bill Mott ($10,731,249), and Graham Motion ($8,818,283) who rounded out the top five.

Asmussen’s massive stable led the nation’s trainers in wins, with 348, the eighth time he has led that category. Asmussen has been the nation’s winningest trainer for the last five years. His first title came in 2002.

Asmussen, 46, won 506 races in 2010 and an astonishing 650 races in 2009. His 2011 total beat Jamie Ness (330), Pletcher (254), Jerry Hollendorfer (251), and Karl Broberg (243).

Jockeys Ramon Dominguez and Deshawn Parker defended their titles in the money earned and races won categories, enjoying seasons with higher figures than 2010.

Dominguez, 35, had mounts that earned $20,564,822. He won his first money-winning title in 2010 with $16,911,880.

For 2011, Dominguez was the only rider to surpass $20 million. He was followed by John Velazquez ($18,622,964), Javier Castellano ($15,675,977), Joel Rosario ($15,633,292), and Rafael Bejarano ($14,922,701).

West Virginia-based Parker won 400 races, finishing well clear of Dominguez, who was second with 348 victories. Parker, 40, won the most races for the second consecutive year, surpassing the 377 he won in 2010.

In 2011, Leandro Goncalves was third with 298 wins, followed by Russell Baze (295) and Castellano (275).

Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Drosselmeyer led all horses with 2011 earnings of $2,927,000. Distorted Humor was the leading stallion by progeny earnings with $9,684,369.

Midwest Thoroughbreds, operated by Richard and Karen Papiese, led all owners with 418 wins and earnings of $6,307,278. Midwest Thoroughbreds was followed on the earnings list by Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey ($44,890,581), WinStar Farm ($4,577,434), George and Lori Hall ($4,117,162) and Zayat Stables ($3,896,839).