Trainer Norman Casse

Gene McLean talking with Trainer Norman Casse at Churchill Downs. Photo by Aaron Bacon.

By virtue of his big victory in the G1 Shadwell Mile, David O’Meara sits atop of the Keeneland Fall Meet Trainer’s Race in terms of purses won, with a grand total of $630,000 — coming on the back (and legs, of course) of one super star run.

But the run for the trainer’s title is really beginning to shape up behind the trainer with the lone win.  Mark Casse is off to a tremendous start of the meet with 5 winners, 2 seconds and 2 thirds out of the first 11 starters. That is good enough for a win percentage of .45 and a whopping .82% “In The Money” result.

Also at five wins, already, is Louisville-based trainer Mike Maker.  So far, through just three days, Maker has saddled 5 winners and 2 seconds out of 14 starters. That’s a win percentage of .36% and his mounts have hit the board .50% of the time.

Dale Romans

Trainer Dale Romans speaks about the Louisville Thoroughbred Society.

Louisville trainer Dale Romans is not far behind, either. The trainer who saddled Free Drop Billy to win the Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity has 3 wins and a fourth in 5 starters so far. That’s a win percentage of .60% and his horses have hit the board in .80%.

Here is a closer look at the top trainers so far:

1 David O’Meara 2 1 0 0 $630,000 50% 50%
2 Mark E. Casse 11 5 2 2 $579,901 45% 82%
3 Dale L. Romans 5 3 0 1 $384,120 60% 80%
4 George R. Arnold, II 4 2 0 1 $352,110 50% 75%
5 Michael Stidham 2 1 0 1 $245,380 50% 100%
6 Michael J. Maker 14 5 2 0 $211,297 36% 50%
7 Brian A. Lynch 2 0 1 0 $207,500 0% 50%
8 Kenneth G. McPeek 16 1 2 2 $159,451 6% 31%
9 W. Bret Calhoun 2 1 0 0 $151,755 50% 50%
10 Ron Moquett 3 1 0 0 $151,336 33% 33%
11 Steven M. Asmussen 10 1 3 0 $138,402 10% 40%
12 William I. Mott 6 0 0 1 $128,578 0% 17%
13 Tim Glyshaw 3 1 1 0 $123,855 33% 67%
14 D. Wayne Lukas 2 0 1 0 $101,000 0% 50%
15 Keith Nations 1 0 1 0 $100,000 0% 100%
16 Arnaud Delacour 4 0 1 1 $86,953 0% 50%
17 Ignacio Correas, IV 6 0 0 1 $76,410 0% 17%
18 Ben Colebrook 4 1 0 1 $67,307 25% 50%
19 Thomas M. Amoss 4 1 0 1 $63,629 25% 50%
20 Chad C. Brown 3 0 0 1 $54,723 0% 33%
21 Brad H. Cox 10 0 1 0 $53,655 0% 10%
22 William B. Bradley 2 0 0 0 $50,217 0% 0%
23 Kenneth Decker 1 0 1 0 $50,000 0% 100%
23 Peter Miller 1 0 1 0 $50,000 0% 100%
25 Philip A. Bauer 2 1 0 0 $42,250 50% 50%
26 Michael B. Campbell 1 1 0 0 $40,200 100% 100%
27 Vickie L. Foley 2 0 1 1 $32,200 0% 100%
28 Joe Sharp 2 1 1 0 $32,060 50% 100%
29 Timothy A. Hills 1 0 0 1 $25,000 0% 100%
30 Todd A. Pletcher 3 0 1 1 $22,322 0% 67%