Force the Pass Cracks Top 10; Castellano Takes Lead in Jockeys' Standings

July 6, 2015 --  Force the Pass won the $1.25 million Belmont Derby at Belmont Park Saturday and moved into ninth place on the list of North American Thoroughbreds with $1,030,084 in current year earnings.

American Pharoah leads the standings with $4,168,800. California Chrome is second with $2,100,000 and Mubtaahij is third with $1,300,000.

Javier Castellano, who rode three stakes winners at Gulfstream Park Sunday, took the lead in the jockeys’ standings with $12,267,041. Victor Espinoza dropped to second with $11,968,396 and John Velazquez is third with $9,374,865.

Todd Pletcher continues to lead the trainers’ standings with $13,126,695. Bob Baffert, who sent out Gimme Da Lute to win the $350,000 Los Alamitos Derby at Los Alamitos Saturday, is second with $10,232,809. Chad Brown, who saddled Big Blue Kitten and Slumber to a 1-2 finish in the $500,000 United Nations Stakes at Monmouth Park Sunday, is third with $8,412,053.

Equine earnings are for all starters of at least one race in North America and include earnings from all international races. Trainer and jockey standings are for North American-based individuals but include earnings from select international races.

For a listing of the weekly leaders for horses, trainers, and jockeys through July 5, 2015, click here.
Notable News:
U.S. Pari-Mutuel Handle Down Slightly in June

By Blood-Horse Staff July 4, 2015 10:17 PM

United States Thoroughbred racing's economic indicators for June 2015, released July 4 by Equibase Co., showed declines in pari-mutuel handle, purses, race days, races, and starts compared with the same month in 2014.

Year-to date wagering, which includes commingled handle on all U.S. Thoroughbred races, was down less than 1% compared with the first six months of 2014.

Wagering dipped during June 2015, though it was off less than a quarter percent—0.23%—at $925,512,755, compared with $927,683,726 for June 2014. The number of races showed a sharper decline at 7.86%, from 4,225 in June 2014 to 3,893.

The highlight of the month was the $134,839,391 all-sources handle on the 13-race Belmont Stakes (gr. I) day program June 6, when American Pharoah's Triple Crown bid was on the line. But that figure was down about 10.2% from the 2014 Belmont day program.
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