Mark Casse and Mike Maker have one thing in common.  They both keep many of their horses in-training in Louisville throughout the year. Casse keeps a barn operation at Churchill Downs, under the tutelage of his son, Norman Casse, Jr. Maker, on the other hand, bases much of his year-round operation out of the Churchill Downs training facility, just up the road. Together, they maintain a strong base of operations.

Oh yeah, there is other thing they share, too.  Both are having terrific meets at this year’s annual Keeneland Fall Meet racing festival.  Through Sunday, and with just a week to go in the meet, Casse sits atop of the Keeneland Trainer’s Standings in earnings and Maker is alone at the top in the number of races won.

Either way you cut it, both are having a good time in Lexington and their respective horses are having a good time, too.

In his first 29 starts this Fall, Casse has saddled 6 winners, 7 second-place finishers and 2 show finishers for a win percentage of .21. His horses have finished in the top 3 spots 52% of the time.  Most impressively and importantly, though, Casse’s mounts have earned a total of $961,553 so far.  That is over $330,000 more than the second place trainer, David O’Meara, who has but one winner, who totaled $630,000.

Maker, on the other hand, has saddled 11 winners, with 5 seconds and 3 thirds out of 48 starters so far. That figures out to a win percentage of .23% and his horses have hit the board .40% of the time.  Those horses have earned a total of $466,331.

If you want to look at a trainer who has done the most with only 3 starters, look no farther than one Tom Proctor, who stables much of his stock these days at Fair Hill, in Maryland.  In those three outs, Proctor has won twice and has another second.  His three horses have earned $125,000.

Here is a closer look at the top 25 trainers:

1 Mark E. Casse 29 6 7 2 $961,553 21% 52%
2 David O’Meara 2 1 0 0 $630,000 50% 50%
3 George R. Arnold, II 14 4 1 3 $488,718 29% 57%
4 Michael J. Maker 48 11 5 3 $466,331 23% 40%
5 Dale L. Romans 11 4 1 3 $451,450 36% 73%
6 Kenneth G. McPeek 35 4 6 7 $433,669 11% 49%
7 Steven M. Asmussen 26 6 5 1 $349,028 23% 46%
8 Michael Stidham 10 2 1 2 $307,084 20% 50%
9 Ron Moquett 20 3 2 1 $269,894 15% 30%
10 Brian A. Lynch 12 0 3 2 $247,327 0% 42%
11 Ian R. Wilkes 33 3 6 4 $218,775 9% 39%
12 D. Wayne Lukas 13 2 1 1 $178,031 15% 31%
13 Chad C. Brown 7 1 0 1 $172,098 14% 29%
14 Claude R. McGaughey III 12 3 0 0 $170,490 25% 25%
15 W. Bret Calhoun 6 1 1 0 $169,657 17% 33%
16 Arnaud Delacour 10 1 2 2 $159,685 10% 50%
17 Brad H. Cox 28 4 2 0 $159,474 14% 21%
18 William I. Mott 16 0 0 3 $151,974 0% 19%
19 Jeff Bonde 1 1 0 0 $150,000 100% 100%
20 Wesley A. Ward 26 4 4 1 $141,545 15% 35%
21 Thomas M. Amoss 16 3 1 3 $140,844 19% 44%
22 Tim Glyshaw 7 1 1 1 $134,305 14% 43%
23 Thomas F. Proctor 3 2 1 0 $125,200 67% 100%
24 Ben Colebrook 12 3 0 1 $125,106 25% 33%
25 Eddie Kenneally 18 2 4 3 $114,047 11% 50%