Golden Sixty emerged as the frontrunner in terms of prize money won on the racetrack in 2023. With an impressive total of HK$147,926,000 (approximately $18.2 million USD) in winnings as of June 28, 2023, this 6-year-old gelding has galloped his way to the top. Trained by John Size and ridden by Vincent Ho, Golden Sixty has showcased his exceptional skills by triumphing in 17 out of his 19 races, including a remarkable three victories in the FWD Champions Mile. This remarkable success has solidified his status as a formidable force in the racing world.
Coming in as the second-highest earner for the year is Tapit Trice, a promising 3-year-old colt. Having accumulated HK$883,650 (around $110,000 USD) in prize money, Tapit Trice has proven his potential on the track. Under the guidance of trainer Todd Pletcher and jockey Irad Ortiz Jr., this talented colt, owned by Whisper Hill Farm, has displayed remarkable speed and skill.
Securing the third spot among the top earners is Derma Sotogake, a 4-year-old colt. Having amassed HK$875,000 (approximately $109,000 USD) in prize money, Derma Sotogake has showcased his prowess under the training of Yoshito Yahagi and the guidance of jockey Christophe Lemaire. Owned by Northern Farm, this impressive colt has demonstrated a combination of speed, agility, and determination on the racetrack.
It is a testament to the trainers when it comes to seeing these horses perform. Of course, their owners play a role but collectively, they all add to the excitement that unfolds on the track. So, it is clear to see that 2023 is shaping up to be an exciting year when it comes to earnings, meaning that there is much more to come.