Flat Out won the last major stakes of the year when he won Cigar Mile over Private Zone on Nov. 30 (Photo courtesy of Coglinese Photos/NYRA).
From Orb's run through the Fountain of Youth Stakes, Florida Derby and Kentucky Derby to Gary Stevens win aboard Oxbow in the Preakness for fellow Hall of Famer D. Wayne Lukas to Wise Dan continued dominance to the emergence of Will Take Charge to the dominance of Beholder to rise of Mucho Macho Man as an elite star in the fall, 2013 had something for all racing fans.
Relive some of the best moments of 2013 with the 2013 Inside the Numbers Year in Review for fun facts about the past 12 months.
Inside the Numbers: The 2013 Season in Review
3 - The number of Triple Crown race winners we had with Orb winning the Kentucky Derby, Oxbow winning the Preakness, and Palace Malice winning the Belmont Stakes.
6 - The number of graded stakes 2012 Horse of the Year Wise Dan won in 2013. He only lost one race in 2013, the Shadwell Turf Mile which was moved to the Polytrack surface at Keeneland.
9 - The number of winners from the early 2014 Kentucky Derby prep races. None of the 2-year-old males has won more than one prep race this Kentucky Derby season.
10 - Most wins by any horse U.S.-based horse in 2013. Multiple stakes-winning gelding Ribo Bobo holds the lead. It should also be noted that Puerto Rico-based Juan M had 11 wins with fellow Puerto Rico runner Jijkapiki tying Ribo Bobo with 10 wins.
11 - The amount of graded stakes starts made by Handsome Mike to lead the “North American graded stakes starts” list.
13 – Number of horses on the top 20 earnings list for the U.S. who are confirmed as coming back in 2014. This includes the top-two finishers of the Breeders’ Cup Classic and six other 2013 Breeders' Cup winners.
17 - The number of times U.S.-based Sportive hit the board in 2013. The Bellamy Road gelding hit the board in all 17 of his starts last year, leading the rankings in on-the-board finishes.
17 – Ken and Sarah Ramsey won 17 graded stakes races in 2013, the most of any owner, including three Grade 1 victories within two hours on Aug. 17.
29 - The most number of starts made by any U.S.-raced horse with three horses hitting that mark. Five-year-old Jaz E Jaz finished out her year in a Nov. 19 claiming race with Chickatari finishing third in her last race of the year on Dec. 28 and Fish Hooks finishing third in his last race of the year on Dec. 5. Chickatari had the most wins of the three horses with four victories.
37 – Number of graded stakes races John Velazquez won in 2013, the most of any jockey in the United States.
69 - The number of races Gary Stevens won in 2013, his first year back in the saddle after a 7-year retirement. The successful season included wins in the Preakness Stakes, the Breeders’ Cup Classic, and the Breeders’ Cup Distaff. He also sits in the fifth position in the most graded stakes races won with 18.
111 - The number of Grade 1 races run in the United States in 2013.
224 – Number of races trainer Todd Pletcher won in 2013 for earnings of $25,248,816. He also had the most graded stakes wins of any trainer with 48.
401 - The number of races Midwest Thoroughbreds won for $7,230,797 in earnings.
457 - Graded stakes races in 2013, 8% less than 2012.
673 – Number of both graded and ungraded stakes races with a purse of $75,000 or more run in 2013.
22,001 - Thoroughbred foals born in North America in 2013, a 2.2% decrease from the 22,500 foals born in 2012.
$596,800 - The amount in earnings that Mucho Macho Man averaged per start in 2013.
$2,984,000 – The amount of money it took to be the leading money earner this year. Off of only U.S. earnings (Animal Kingdom and St Nicholas Abbey are placed 1-2 on the “North American Thoroughbred Racing Starters” over the past 12 months list when adding foreign earnings), Mucho Macho Man is the highest earner this year with Will Take Charge only $23,023 behind in second.
$26,213,507 – The amount of purse money Javier Castellano won in 2013, breaking the all-time single season earnings record. Castellano rode 1,617 horses last year and won 362 races, the most wins of any U.S. jockeys in 2013.