01/01/2007 12:00AM

Pletcher tops 2006 leaders


Todd Pletcher broke his own record for single season earnings in North America while leading the trainers list for the third consecutive year in 2006.

Pletcher-trained horses won 294 races from 1,168 starts, for earnings of $26,820,243, breaking the North American earnings mark of $20,867,842 he set in 2005, according to statistics released by Equibase Company LLC.

The other earnings leaders were jockey Garrett Gomez with $20,122,592 and Darley Stable with $6,449,822 in North America. Invasor led all Thoroughbreds with North American earnings of $3,690,000.

Maggi Moss won five races in the closing days of 2006 to break a tie with Louis O'Brien and finish as North America's leading owner with 211 wins, five ahead of the Midwest-based O'Brien.

Jockey Julien Leparoux won 403 races, 18 more than runner-up Ramon Dominguez, and Scott Lake led all trainers with 528 victories.

Stringtown Wonder, based at Philadelphia Park, won 12 of 15 starts in 2006 to lead all Thoroughbreds in wins.