Twitter is such a great space in the world of social media platforms. Oh, sure. You will find a controversy if you want to find one. You can find hatred, trolls, and venom, if you go looking. And, there’s always a snide remark or two, no matter where you go, or what you do.

But there are some of the nicest people in the world, most of whom I have never met in person, that reside there. Chat there. Wish well there. Care for others there.

Last week when I was researching and trying to find anything and everything on trainer Cipriano Contreras, I came up short. But only took a few minutes before my Twitter friends filled me in.

I got the nicest note from Corey Kendall — @ckman620 — and he wrote:

“Nice words about Cipi Contreras. Have you met him yet?”

I quickly wrote Corey back:

“No, but I would like to! Thanks!”

Then, it got a twitter feed back and it wrote:

“He’s a super cool dude. Was Mike Reavis’ assistant for 25-30 years in Chicago. He’s probably in his early 50s, so he’s not some young daddy’s money hotshot trainer. Very old school in his training methods…gets his horses fit and able to finish. Was just him and his wife running his business until he got more horses. My friend is an agent and works closely with him…he’ll be running Turfway with his better stock at Oaklawn, would consider anything that he runs.”

I hope Corey doesn’t mind me sharing his informative note. I appreciated the information a lot. And, it was quite enlightening.

Mike Reavis has been a very successful trainer in the Chicago area for a long time. Behind every successful trainer is a great assistant. And, team of good workers.

And, I truly love the guys that go to the barn every single day and do the job the “old school” way. Horsemanship is a lost art in many shedrows. But not in the winning ones.

The key thing that Corey wrote, though, was the comment about the fact that Contreras “gets his horses fit and able to finish.”

That is a high compliment. And, obviously, that type of work ethic and commitment to the job is paying off for Contreras.

So far this meet, he still holds a slim lead in the trainer standings at Turfway Park. So far this meet, he has started 15 horses. Has put up a record of 7 wins, 1 second, and 2 thirds.

That’s getting the job done.

And, that gives Contreras a one-win lead over the more notable stable of Wesley Ward. Ben Colebrook, Rey Hernandez, Genaro Garcia, Eric Reed, Ronald Brown, John Hancock, and Mike Maker are three wins back with 4 trips to the winner’s circle each.

I still have not met Cipriano Contreras in person.

But I am going to endeavor to do so.

The man is making himself hard to ignore.

1 Cipriano Contreras 15 7 1 2 $165,399 47% 10
2 Wesley A. Ward 13 6 1 4 $118,157 46% 11
3 Ben Colebrook 14 4 3 2 $113,910 29% 9
4 Rey Hernandez 14 4 2 1 $79,548 29% 7
5 Genaro Garcia 20 4 3 3 $76,236 20% 10
6 Michael J. Maker 20 4 3 1 $74,738 20% 8
7 Kim Hammond 24 3 6 2 $71,148 13% 11
8 Eric R. Reed 9 4 0 2 $61,860 44% 6
9 Philip A. Sims 8 1 2 0 $49,869 13% 3
10 Ethan W. West 13 2 1 2 $41,770 15% 5
11 Larry Rivelli 2 2 0 0 $37,200 100% 2
12 Ronald Kahles 14 1 1 1 $36,771 7% 3
13 Ronald G. Brown 13 4 1 2 $36,015 31% 7
14 Thomas Drury, Jr. 5 0 4 0 $31,050 0% 4
15 Claude L. Brownfield, III 7 3 2 1 $29,580 43% 6
16 John A. Hancock 10 4 0 0 $29,497 40% 4
17 William E. Morey 10 3 2 0 $28,320 30% 5
18 John Ennis 3 1 0 0 $28,197 33% 1
19 Stephen S. Lyster 9 0 2 3 $27,993 0% 5
20 Susan Netherwood 1 1 0 0 $27,600 100% 1
21 Larry E. Smith 11 3 2 1 $27,420 27% 6
22 Steven F. Cahill 7 2 3 1 $24,080 29% 6
23 William D. Cowans 7 0 2 1 $23,835 0% 3
24 Jeffrey L. Greenhill 12 0 2 2 $20,150 0% 4
25 Joseph D. Davis 7 2 2 1 $19,420 29% 5

(Stats Compiled by Equibase)