Earnings for 2014 – Horse of the Year?

California Chrome

California Chrome Breeders’ Cup Classic

Bill Talk of the TrackThis is the time of the year when the Eclipse Award is given for Horse of the Year. On our Facebook page both California Chrome and Bayern were most often chosen by fans. Of course money probably won’t be the determining factor but below is the ranked earnings of 2014 as provided by Equibase. California Chrome won the first two legs of the Triple Crown, is one of only two horses to win four Grade I stakes and is by far the most popular race horse in America. All breeders/trainers/Jockeys goal is to win the Kentucky Derby. So of all the major races that is the most cherished which Chrome won.

You cannot overlook Bayern’s performance in the Woody Stephens on Belmont Stakes day. A few weeks later in the Haskell Invitational, he ran away from his competition, including the brilliant filly Untapable, a Horse of the Year contender in her own right. And of course he had a brilliant but controversial win in November in the Breeders’ Cup classic in Santa Anita.

Wouldn’t it be great to see a match race that included California Chrome, Bayern Shared Belief. The world would tune in for that. All three will return for the 2015 season.

Take a look at the list of earnings. You will be able to see a number of races. However you can’t discern the best times or degree of competition?

Earning Ranking 2014
Rank
Horse Name
Sts
1st
2nd
3rd
Total $
Per Start
Win%
Top3
Top3%
1Bayern10611$4,389,680$438,96860%880%124
2California Chrome9601$4,007,800$445,31167%778%119
3Untapable7600$2,808,600$401,22986%686%114
4Main Sequence4400$2,610,000$652,500100%4100%124
5Tonalist8421$1,948,250$243,53150%788%113
6Take Charge Brandi8410$1,620,126$202,51650%563%96
7Shared Belief6500$1,581,000$263,50083%583%114
8Dayatthespa4310$1,450,000$362,50075%4100%120
9Wicked Strong8210$1,361,610$170,20125%338%114
10Close Hatches6400$1,340,000$223,33367%467%113
11Imperative10123$1,265,700$126,57010%660%122
12Wise Dan4400$1,259,310$314,828100%4100%119
13Tapiture8330$1,247,222$155,90338%675%115
14Vicar’s in Trouble9313$1,199,392$133,26633%778%113
15Palace Malice5400$1,195,000$239,00080%480%117
16Texas Red5211$1,192,300$238,46040%480%106
17Moreno8121$1,165,500$145,68813%450%124
18Toast of New York3020$1,135,000$378,3330%267%119
19Work All Week6510$1,131,173$188,52983%6100%114
20Lexie Lou8411$1,119,470$139,93450%675%115
21Karakontie (JPN)1100$1,100,000$1,100,000100%1100%121
22Goldencents5230$1,050,000$210,00040%5100%114
23Bobby’s Kitten7311$1,009,416$144,20243%571%116
24Stephanie’s Kitten6130$993,700$165,61717%467%118
25Sweet Reason6311$965,400$160,90050%