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Old Record just North America: 2003: Jerry Bailey: $23,354,960
Old Record include Dubai World Cup Undercard earnings: 2005: John Velazquez: $24,414,923, earnings without Dubai World Cup: $20,814,923
Current Record: 2012: Ramon Dominguez: $23,739,189
Passed by the record Jerry Bailey held.
Does Dominguez have a shot to pass by Velazquez's record next?
Future legend in the making. Could even be bigger than John Velazquez and future hall of famer on the way.
http://www.drf.com/news/dominguez-break ... ngs-jockey
Dominguez breaks record for annual earnings by a jockey
With no fanfare, Ramon Dominguez set the record for most purses earned by a jockey in one year when he guided Smokin Candy to a second-place finish in a $25,000 claiming race on Friday at Aqueduct, according to records maintained by Equibase.
With the $7,680 second-place purse, Dominguez surpassed the record of $23,354,960, set in 2003 by Jerry Bailey, by approximately $3,500. By the time the weekend was over, Dominguez had added another $400,000 in earnings to the record, finishing Sunday’s card at Aqueduct with $23,739,189 in purse earnings.
On Monday, Dominguez said that he was aware he was approaching the record but that he had lost track of the figure after the Breeders’ Cup weekend on Nov. 2-3.
“It feels great,” Dominguez said. “It’s one of those personal accomplishments that you dream about.”
Entering the week, Dominguez had 306 wins this year, 100 more than when Bailey set the record in 2003. While Bailey was picking his spots judiciously at that point of his career – he set the record with just 776 mounts – Dominguez remains one of the busiest riders in racing, with 1,299 mounts this year, second to Javier Castellano among leading riders.
In addition, Dominguez has been based in New York the entire year, riding on a circuit where the already high purses have been further buoyed by payments from a casino located at Aqueduct. The top three riders by earnings this year all ride on the New York circuit.
“I really don’t like to compare my record with Jerry’s,” Dominguez said. “They were really different eras. The money is just so much better right now.”
Dominguez has topped the earnings list for the past two years and is virtually assured of topping the list again this year. His nearest competitor is Castellano with $20,567,123 in earnings, also through Sunday.
During Breeders’ Cup weekend, Dominguez won the $3 million Breeders’ Cup Turf on Little Mike, adding $1.62 million to his earnings this year.
The last rider to exceed $23 million in earnings was Garrett Gomez, who in 2008 just missed breaking Bailey’s record by a little over $10,000.
Dominguez said he plans to take a break when Aqueduct closes for a nine-day period prior to Christmas this year. But other than that holiday, he plans to ride every day at Aqueduct through the end of 2012.
“Riding a lot is something you get used to,” Dominguez said.
Wonder how it all looks inflation-adjusted?
10 years ago they were different compare to today all thanks to today's casino purses
five years from now jockeys will be lucky to crack 20M in purses, with even less tracks/races running and reduced purses.
Going back to Ramon, he's started to get better on the national stage on mounts wise. the horses he rides are starting to look live and they don't look questionable. this year he won the BC Turf, Arlington Million, and Travers on the big stage. Expect him in 2013 to expand his mounts on the major races that are on the national stage. He's long due for a KY Derby.
Ramon looking for his first Ky Derby win. Check out this accomplishment that will never be broken: Eddie Arcaro won two
TRIPLE CROWNS. This record is more difficult to tie or break than Joe DiMaggio's 56 game hitting streak.
I hope Dominguez can get that Derby. Getting better as I said on the National stage.
Ramon Dominguez is a future legend but I think John Velazquez is a legend as is Mike Smith. Do you actually think Ramon could be bigger than Johnny V.?
I just checked their bios and Ramon and John are both born on November 24th with Ramon being 5 years younger. That
is huge for that reason only and I believe he will be bigger than Johnny V if he can stay healthy.
Johnny V the best jockey of the 2000's.
Ramon Dominguez the best jockey of the 2010's.
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