If you look up horse trainer Cipriano Contreras on the internet, there is not a great deal of information or in-depth insights.
Oh, you can see that he started training horses for a living in the United States in 2016. Had 107 starters that year, and won 26 of them.
Yeah, you can tell that he had his best year in 2019. Started 394 horses a year ago. Won 90 of them. Had 59 seconds and 68 thirds and totaled about $2.223 million in purses. That was nearly twice the number of 2018.
Over the career, you can see that Contreras has won over .22% of the races that he has started a horse and his steeds have hit the board over .55% of the time. Not bad numbers. Not bad at all.
And, the more you dig, you can find out that in May of 2018, Cipriano and his 8-year-old gelding Matrooh won their biggest race of the career. Together, they captured the G3 Hanshin Cup at Arlington Park. Won that day by over 21/2 lengths. I’m told that the trainer jumped about that high off the ground. It was his first Graded Stakes victory.
There’s a Facebook page for the horse Rated R Superstar, who Cipriano claimed and raced, too.
Yet, there isn’t a lot of other information on the man, the myth and the trainer. For the most part, you can say that he has toiled in quiet solitude, and, for the most part, in anonymity.
But all that may be changing. If Contreras continues his winning ways at Turfway Park this Winter, he is definitely going to have to come out of the shadows. And, he is going to make a name for himself.
After Saturday night’s racing was all done, Contreras was atop the Trainer Standings at Turfway Park in terms of purses won. In the first 11 starts since Jan. 1, Contreras’ horses have won 4 races and have finished second once and third twice. Most of all, the horses have totaled $121,659 in purses.
That puts the Cipriano Contreras’ barn in first place in terms of money won and just one win behind the well-known Wesley Ward in terms of races won.
Not bad numbers. Notable numbers. Eye-catching numbers. Revealing numbers. Numbers that are sure to make a name for the trainer.
Yet, the race for the meet’s Top Trainer certainly looks like it will go down to the ultimate wire in March. So far, Ward has a 1-race margin in the “Win Column.” Just one win back are Contreras, Eric Reed, Ronald Brown and John Hancock. Just two wins back are Ben Colebrook, Mike Maker, Genaro Garcia, Larry Smith, Claude Brownfield.
There are 10 trainers within two of the top perch.
Here’s a closer look at the current Turfway Park Trainer Standings:
|2||Wesley A. Ward||11||—||5||1||4||$89,920||45%||91%||—|
|5||Michael J. Maker||12||—||3||3||0||$58,772||25%||50%||—|
|6||Eric R. Reed||7||—||4||0||1||$57,210||57%||71%||—|
|7||Philip A. Sims||6||—||1||2||0||$48,559||17%||50%||—|
|8||Ethan W. West||12||—||2||1||2||$41,530||17%||42%||—|
|11||Ronald G. Brown||10||—||4||1||1||$34,385||40%||60%||—|
|12||John A. Hancock||9||—||4||0||0||$29,367||44%||44%||—|
|15||Larry E. Smith||8||—||3||2||1||$27,100||38%||75%||—|
|16||Claude L. Brownfield, III||5||—||3||1||0||$26,220||60%||80%||—|
|18||William D. Cowans||7||—||0||2||1||$23,835||0%||43%||—|
|19||Joseph D. Davis||7||—||2||2||1||$19,420||29%||71%||—|
|20||Barbara J. Riley||5||—||2||1||0||$18,620||40%||60%||—|
|21||Thomas Drury, Jr.||2||—||0||2||0||$18,500||0%||100%||—|
|22||Stephen S. Lyster||7||—||0||1||3||$17,993||0%||57%||—|
|24||Steven F. Cahill||5||—||1||2||1||$15,080||20%||80%||—|
(Stats Compiled by Equibase)