(Steve Asmussen with one of his many “big signs” from Churchill Downs / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

“Hello. Churchill Downs, PR Department? Mr. Darren Rogers, please?

“Hey, Darren. How you doing buddy? Hope you and the family have a big Thanksgiving planned.

“I just wanted to go ahead and give you the heads up, Big D. You can go ahead and get one of those big signs ready for Steve Asmussen.

“Yeah. Another one. This coming Sunday, you are going to need it.

“You know the kind. Another one commemorating another meet championship. Another one celebrating the man winning another Trainer’s Title at Churchill Downs. Yeah. Another one. The man’s got a collection of them, I know. I think he can now use them all to wall paper his home. (Chuckles.)

“Good talk, Darren. Hope to see you soon. All the Best.”

After this past Sunday, trainer Steve Asmussen ran his win total at the current Churchill Downs’ Fall Meet to 17. That gives Team Asmussen a near-insurmountable 6-win lead over his nearest competitor, Brad Cox, who has 11 wins. Ian Wilkes sits in third with 8 wins.

And, there is only 5 racing dates left.

In horse terms?

Asmussen is long gone in the deep stretch.

So far this meet, Team Asmussen has started 74 horses. He has compiled a record of 17 wins, 11 seconds and 7 thirds. His horses have won nearly $1 million in purses, and will have a shot to breach that milestone this week.

Cox, on the other hand, has a 11-8-7 mark in just 44 starts, and Wilkes has a 8-5-5 record with 42 runners, to date.

Here’s a look at the Top Trainers this meet:

1 Steven M. Asmussen 74 17 11 7 $986,683 23% 47%
2 Brad H. Cox 44 11 8 7 $870,266 25% 59%
3 Ian R. Wilkes 42 8 5 5 $554,860 19% 43%
4 Michael J. Maker 43 6 4 8 $468,869 14% 42%
5 Kenneth G. McPeek 48 3 11 11 $379,189 6% 52%
6 Ben Colebrook 24 5 1 3 $298,006 21% 38%
7 Peter Miller 13 7 1 2 $292,791 54% 77%
8 Thomas M. Amoss 24 6 4 2 $276,594 25% 50%
9 Brian A. Lynch 15 4 2 2 $272,774 27% 53%
10 Dallas Stewart 40 3 4 7 $269,271 8% 35%
11 Dale L. Romans 31 3 1 2 $233,208 10% 19%
12 Stanley M. Hough 8 3 3 0 $222,428 38% 75%
13 Victoria H. Oliver 19 3 2 2 $221,352 16% 37%
14 William I. Mott 20 2 2 4 $209,025 10% 40%
15 Brendan P. Walsh 21 2 5 2 $207,074 10% 43%
16 John Alexander Ortiz 17 3 2 4 $201,844 18% 53%
17 Eddie Kenneally 27 3 4 4 $195,358 11% 41%
18 Wesley A. Ward 10 3 0 3 $193,036 30% 60%
19 Joe Sharp 23 3 5 0 $185,110 13% 35%
20 Rodolphe Brisset 13 2 2 1 $179,659 15% 38%
21 Mark E. Casse 15 2 3 0 $164,924 13% 33%
22 Albert M. Stall, Jr. 14 2 2 0 $163,983 14% 29%
23 George R. Arnold, II 23 1 2 4 $161,076 4% 30%
24 David R. Vance 17 3 2 2 $156,250 18% 41%
25 Paul J. McGee 13 3 2 1 $144,314 23% 46%

(Stats compiled by Equibase)