(Steve Asmussen / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen has a lot of horses under his watchful care. Has them stationed all over the place, too. Some in New York. Some in Oklahoma. Some in Louisiana. Some in Texas, his native state. Some here. Some there.

Most of all, though, Asmussen and his expert team keep the first team at Churchill Downs in Louisville.

It’s the headquarters. It’s home base. It’s Horse Central. For one of the best training operations in all the land.

So, after Sunday’s races were all said and done, it was no surprise to see Asmussen’s name at the top of the list of the leading trainers at Churchill Downs.

After all, so far this meet, the Asmussen team has saddled 43 horses. That is nearly more than the next two leading trainers. Combined.

After all, so far this meet, the Asmussen team has compiled a record of 10-8-4 and have earned purses in excess of $610,000.

Both of those numbers puts Team Asmussen ahead of all the rest.

Louisville native Brad Cox, always a threat to take home the gold here, is next with a record of 7-5-5 in just 27 starts.

Tom Amoss is next with 5-2-1 make in 14 starts, following by Ian Wilkes with a mark of 4-1-3 in 19 saddle jobs.

Here’s a look at the Top 20 Trainers at Churchill Downs so far this meet:

1 Steven M. Asmussen 43 10 8 4 $610,369 23% 51%
2 Brad H. Cox 27 7 5 5 $530,441 26% 63%
3 Ian R. Wilkes 19 4 1 3 $297,518 21% 42%
4 Michael J. Maker 23 3 2 4 $248,937 13% 39%
5 Thomas M. Amoss 14 5 2 1 $216,399 36% 57%
6 Stanley M. Hough 4 3 1 0 $197,377 75% 100%
7 Dale L. Romans 16 2 1 2 $190,226 13% 31%
8 John Alexander Ortiz 11 3 1 4 $183,893 27% 73%
9 Dallas Stewart 27 2 2 6 $165,387 7% 37%
10 Ben Colebrook 13 3 0 1 $158,557 23% 31%
11 Eddie Kenneally 16 2 4 2 $150,713 13% 50%
12 Rodolphe Brisset 7 2 1 0 $142,545 29% 43%
13 Peter Miller 4 3 0 1 $138,768 75% 100%
14 Albert M. Stall, Jr. 10 2 1 0 $138,421 20% 30%
15 Brian A. Lynch 9 2 2 0 $127,475 22% 44%
16 Kenneth G. McPeek 23 1 3 5 $125,179 4% 39%
17 Brendan P. Walsh 13 1 3 2 $120,821 8% 46%
18 David R. Vance 12 2 2 1 $115,370 17% 42%
19 Chris M. Block 4 2 0 0 $115,152 50% 50%
20 David Fawkes 8 2 2 0 $113,418 25% 50%

(Stats compiled by Equibase)