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Pletcher, Dominguez, Midwest Thoroughbreds 2012 leaders

Todd Pletcher, Ramon Dominguez and Midwest Thoroughbreds finished 2012 just like they did 2011 -- as the leading trainer, jockey and owner, respectively, by North American earnings, according to final statistics released Tuesday by Equibase Company, the Thoroughbred industry's official database for racing information.

Breeders' Cup Classic winner Fort Larned led all Thoroughbreds in 2012 with North American earnings of $3,598,455. Runner-up in earnings was Breeders' Cup Turf winner Little Mike with earnings of $2,668,742.

The year-end compilations are distributed annually by Equibase and include results from Thoroughbred racing in North America from January 1, 2012, through December 31, 2012. Complete North American racing leaders' lists that include all trainers, jockeys, owners and horses are available within Stats Central at equibase.com.

Completing the list of top 10 horses by North American earnings were I'll Have Another with $2,629,600 in earnings, Wise Dan with $2,622,037, Royal Delta with $2,009,251, Point of Entry with $1,746,600, Mucho Macho Man with $1,712,767, Zagora with $1,689,000, Shanghai Bobby with $1,687,000 and Groupie Doll with $1,385,314.

Pletcher, who led all trainers for the past two years and previously topped the trainers' list from 2004-2007, sent out the winners of 233 races from 855 starts for earnings of $20,954,322 in 2012. Runner-up was Bob Baffert, whose horses won 154 races from 538 starts for earnings of $15,047,226 in 2012.

Completing the list of top 10 trainers by North American earnings in 2012 were Steve Asmussen, $13,229,433 (285 wins/1,349 starts); Dale Romans, $11,834,249 (125/763); Chad Brown, $11,060,710 (138/494); Bill Mott, $10,919,367 (102/618); Mark Casse, $10,234,707 (129/675); Doug O'Neill, $7,885,772 (94/554); Jerry Hollendorfer, $7,573,283 (212/1,058); and Rick Dutrow, $7,232,708 (131/520).

Ramon Dominguez, with earnings of $25,582,252, again topped the annual North American leading jockeys' list in 2012 having also led all riders the previous year. Dominguez rode the winners of 341 races from 1,398 mounts. Javier Castellano finished second with 325 wins from 1,461 mounts and earnings of $22,441,852.

Rounding out the list of top 10 jockeys by North American earnings in 2012 were John Velazquez, $19,875,351 (188 wins/979 mounts); Rafael Bejarano, $17,123,460 (257/1,125); Joel Rosario, $15,323,705 (232/1,216); Jose Lezcano, $12,852,606 (190/1,052); Julien Leparoux, $12,715,589 (181/1,048); Rosie Napravnik, $12,451,713 (193/1,200); Joe Talamo, $11,851,147 (208/1,256); and Junior Alvarado, $10,844,765 (183/1,078).

Midwest Thoroughbreds won a record 542 races from 1,857 starts and earned $10,150,498 in North America in 2012 to lead all owners and become the first back-to-back leading owner since 2005. Runner-up was John Oxley with 54 victories from 234 starts and earnings of $5,139,634.

Completing the list of top 10 owners by North American earnings in 2012 were Ken and Sarah Ramsey, $4,837,821 (117 wins/555 starts); Reddam Racing, $4,710,382 (15/136); Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence, $4,605,574 (75/347); Repole Stable, $4,340,912 (64/219); Janis Whitham, $3,762,369 (10/57); Godolphin Racing, $3,749,075 (15/48); Zayat Stables, $3,524,107 (50/221); and Maggi Moss, $3,430,870 (127/404).

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