(Ellis Park / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

All meet long, Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen has been committed to running his horses at Ellis Park and the little “Pea Patch” by the river.

After Sunday’s races were in the record book, Asmussen’s barn has started a whopping total of 117 horses in the abbreviated summer meet that is normally held in sauna-like conditions. To put that number in perspective a bit, that total is more saddle jobs than the barns of the next three leading trainers — combined.

Going into the final days of the 2019 meet, trainers Brad Cox (46), Dale Romans (30), and Brendan Walsh (38) have combined to start a total of 114 horses at Ellis this summer.

And, one must admit, effort and perseverance does pay off. And, apparently, so do talented horses.

On Sunday, Asmussen and his connections won 3 races — including both the TwinSpires.com Ellis Park Juvenile with the mucho-talented colt Rowdy Yates and the TwinSpires.com Ellis Park Juvenile with Green Destiny. And, on the backs of those horses and their efforts, Asmussen and his barn operation have inched out their lead for this meet’s Trainer’s Title to 4 wins.

Of the 117 starters to date, Asmussen has amassed a record of 18 wins, 16 seconds and 16 thirds and his horses have totaled over $626,304 in purse money. That gives the Texas-native a 4-win lead over Cox, who has a resume of 14 wins, 6 seconds and 8 thirds in 46 starts.

Romans and Mike Maker are 10 wins back and tied for third with 8 wins each.

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

1 Steven M. Asmussen 117 18 16 16 $626,304 15% 43%
2 Brad H. Cox 46 14 6 8 $533,704 30% 61%
3 Dale L. Romans 30 8 4 6 $278,750 27% 60%
4 Brendan P. Walsh 38 5 6 5 $260,054 13% 42%
5 Michael J. Maker 32 8 10 2 $244,061 25% 63%
6 Mark E. Casse 26 7 1 4 $230,033 27% 46%
7 Ian R. Wilkes 34 4 3 5 $212,652 12% 35%
8 George R. Arnold, II 22 5 1 0 $183,775 23% 27%
9 Peter Miller 20 2 6 2 $180,226 10% 50%
10 Kenneth G. McPeek 33 4 5 6 $165,660 12% 45%
11 Ron Moquett 21 4 2 2 $155,368 19% 38%
12 Victoria H. Oliver 18 3 2 3 $139,201 17% 44%
13 Paul J. McGee 10 4 1 1 $136,180 40% 60%
14 Joe Sharp 28 3 4 3 $135,710 11% 36%
15 Gregory D. Foley 21 2 3 3 $127,998 10% 38%
16 J. Larry Jones 17 3 3 1 $124,684 18% 41%
17 Daniel C. Peitz 15 4 3 3 $122,300 27% 67%
18 Eddie Kenneally 17 2 3 6 $109,621 12% 65%
19 Norman McKnight 23 7 6 0 $109,176 30% 57%
20 Dallas Stewart 21 3 1 1 $103,345 14% 24%
21 John Alexander Ortiz 12 3 0 3 $103,210 25% 50%
22 Ben Colebrook 19 3 3 1 $102,347 16% 37%
23 Brian A. Lynch 19 1 4 2 $91,664 5% 37%
24 Bernard S. Flint 9 2 1 2 $79,585 22% 56%
25 J. Keith Desormeaux 9 2 0 2 $78,765 22% 44%

(Statistics Courtesy of Equibase)