(Trainer Steve Asmussen / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

Going into Friday’s races this week, Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen is just one start away from having 100 runners so far this meet at Ellis Park. The next one to face the starter, will be #100.

Simply put, that is amazing.

And, simple math will tell you that is the same number of horses to start a race as saddled by the barns of the next 3 trainers in the standings — Brad Cox, Dale Romans, and Brendan Walsh. Those 3 have sent exactly 100 horses to the gate so far this meet, with Cox leading that trio with 40, while Romans has 26 and Walsh 34.

But while the numbers of starters is seriously tilted towards Asmussen so far, the quiet Texas native only holds a 1-win lead in the Trainer Standings so far in little Henderson, KY.

After the first 99 starts this meet, Asmussen has amassed a record of 13-14-13 and his horses have totaled $443,424 in purse earnings. That’s just a win in front of Cox, who has a 12-6-8 mark in his 40 starts, and his horses have won over $486,000.

Romans holds onto third in the standings with a 8-3-5 mark in just 26 starts, and his horses have won over $265,000 in purses.

Here’s a closer look at the Top 25 trainers so far this meet:

1 Brad H. Cox 40 12 6 8 $486,004 30% 65%
2 Steven M. Asmussen 99 13 14 13 $443,424 13% 40%
3 Dale L. Romans 26 8 3 5 $265,150 31% 62%
4 Brendan P. Walsh 34 5 4 5 $243,434 15% 41%
5 Michael J. Maker 27 5 10 2 $193,946 19% 63%
6 Mark E. Casse 22 6 0 4 $187,338 27% 45%
7 Ian R. Wilkes 28 4 2 3 $180,992 14% 32%
8 George R. Arnold, II 19 5 1 0 $180,815 26% 32%
9 Peter Miller 20 2 6 2 $180,226 10% 50%
10 Kenneth G. McPeek 29 4 2 5 $146,710 14% 38%
11 Victoria H. Oliver 17 3 2 3 $138,221 18% 47%
12 Paul J. McGee 10 4 1 1 $136,180 40% 60%
13 Ron Moquett 19 4 0 2 $134,968 21% 32%
14 Joe Sharp 26 3 4 3 $134,310 12% 38%
15 J. Larry Jones 17 3 3 1 $124,684 18% 41%
16 Gregory D. Foley 16 2 3 2 $120,888 13% 44%
17 John Alexander Ortiz 12 3 0 3 $103,210 25% 50%
18 Eddie Kenneally 15 2 3 4 $102,921 13% 60%
19 Ben Colebrook 16 3 3 1 $99,512 19% 44%
20 Dallas Stewart 17 2 1 1 $87,510 12% 24%
21 Daniel C. Peitz 13 2 3 3 $82,700 15% 62%
22 J. Keith Desormeaux 8 2 0 2 $78,385 25% 50%
23 Norman McKnight 21 6 5 0 $76,176 29% 52%
24 William I. Mott 5 2 1 0 $74,063 40% 60%
25 Angel O. Montano, Sr. 4 2 0 0 $65,825 50% 50%

(Stats compiled by Equibase)