Jockey Javier Castellano, the current leading North American rider in both money earned and wins, is close to breaking the all-time single-season earnings record of $25,634,852 set by Ramon Dominguez in 2012.
Through December 9, Castellano's mounts have earned $25,626,003. Joel Rosario is second with $21,094,576. Castellano is not scheduled to ride again until Friday at Gulfstream Park.
A native of Maracaibo, Venezuela, Castellano has been the regular rider this season for top three-year-old filly Princess of Sylmar and recent Remsen Stakes winner Honor Code, a hot prospect for next year's Kentucky Derby.
The 36-year-old journeyman also captured the $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies with Ria Antonia and the $1 million Louisiana Derby with Revolutionary.
Castellano leads all jockeys with 344 wins this year, 42 more than Russell Baze in second.