01/01/2002 12:00AM

Tops in 2001 by wins, money


Jockey Ramon Dominguez and trainer Scott Lake won the most races and Jerry Bailey and Bob Baffert won the most money in 2001.

Dominguez rode 432 winners from 1,864 mounts to wrest the title from Russell Baze, who won 423 races from 1,501 mounts. Dominguez, 25, finished third in the nation last year.

"I am overwhelmed," said Dominguez, who rode both day and night the final month of the year. "Never in my wildest dreams would I have expected to be the leading rider in the country."

Lake repeated as winningest trainer, capturing 406 races from 1,565 starters. He was well in front of second-place Steve Asmussen, who won 293 races from 1,453 starters.

Bailey set a single-season record for purse earnings by a jockey with $22,859,720. He was far in front of second-place John Velazquez, whose mounts earned $15,073,790.

Baffert, led by Dubai World Cup winner Captain Steve and Preakness and Belmont Stakes winner Point Given, won $16,354,996. Second was Bobby Frankel, who won 18 Grade 1 races and $14,926,956.

Bailey and Frankel are considered front-runners for Eclipse Awards. They were the champions in 2000.