NEW YORK — Triple Crown winner American Pharoah set a single-season earnings record at nearly US$8.3 million for a memorable year in which he ended his career with a victory in the Breeders' Cup Classic.
Other year-end earnings leaders in thoroughbred racing are trainer Todd Pletcher, jockey Javier Castellano and Zayat Stables LLC, owners of American Pharoah, according to statistics from Equibase Company LLC.
American Pharoah earned $8,288,800 with seven victories in eight races in 2015, including the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes. It breaks Smarty Jones' 2004 record of $7,563,535.
Pletcher was the top-earning trainer for the sixth year in a row with 269 winners in 1,124 starts for $26,278,647. Chad Brown was second with $20,256,459.
Castellano set a season earnings record in North America with 344 winners from 1,507 mounts for $28,120,767. Irad Ortiz Jr. was second at $23,546,727.
Zayat Stables, operated by Ahmed Zayat, won 21 races from 215 starts and earned $10,000,226. Ken and Sarah Ramsey were second at $9,359,132.