Leading Trainers at Churchill Downs / The Fair Grounds

(Seeking the Soul will run in the G1 Clark Handicap for trainer Dallas Stewart / Photo By Holly M. Smith)

Here’s a quick look at the Top Trainers at this Fall’s race meets at both Churchill Downs and The Fair Grounds. Both of the properties are running live right now until the Louisville track closes its’ meet this weekend.

Currently, Dallas Stewart is holding a two-win edge over both Brad Cox, Kenny McPeek, Steve Asmussen, and Ian Wilkes going into the final week of the November Meet. Stewart has 8 wins so far, while the others are all log-jammed in second with 6 wins each.

At The Fair Grounds, which just started its’ mammoth meet that will run all the way through March of 2019, trainer Al Stall has yet to win a single race — but his horses have earned the most purse money so far. Strange.

Leading the standings with wins, though, is Ron Faucheaux — who has made his way to the winner’s circle on three separate occasions so far.

Here’s a closer look:

Churchill Downs’ Leading Trainers in November:

1John W. Sadler5110$3,660,00020%40%
2Chad C. Brown12212$2,410,00017%42%
3John H. M. Gosden2100$2,200,00050%50%
4Brad H. Cox41683$1,730,27315%41%
5Peter Miller5200$1,670,00040%40%
6Bob Baffert11310$1,373,56127%36%
7Aidan P. O’Brien14011$1,260,0000%14%
8John C. Servis1100$1,100,000100%100%
8Sir Michael R. Stoute2100$1,100,00050%50%
10Antonio Sano1010$1,020,0000%100%
11Charles Appleby3110$890,00033%67%
12Kenneth G. McPeek36675$817,76717%50%
13Michael W. McCarthy5101$730,00020%40%
14Todd A. Pletcher11210$694,96418%27%
15Mark E. Casse18222$681,40711%33%
16Steven M. Asmussen476128$678,10613%55%
17Dallas Stewart30872$636,09427%57%
18Saeed bin Suroor1001$540,0000%100%
19William I. Mott18400$495,55522%22%
20Ben Colebrook11114$484,5179%55%
21Ron Moquett18521$436,87828%44%
22Jason Servis5020$390,0000%40%
23Thomas Albertrani1001$360,0000%100%
24Michael J. Maker38532$358,61313%26%
25Ian R. Wilkes39635$339,37515%36%
26Dale L. Romans32321$311,4159%19%
27Thomas M. Amoss17504$294,97429%53%
28George R. Arnold, II17360$246,29118%53%
29Wesley A. Ward6020$208,8000%33%
30Luis Carvajal, Jr.1001$180,0000%100%

(Stats Courtesy of Equibase)

The Fair Grounds’ Leading Trainers in November:

1Albert M. Stall, Jr.13072$65,9200%69%
2Ron Faucheux9302$63,86033%56%
3James E. Hodges7121$51,05014%57%
4Scott Gelner10201$47,56520%30%
5Joe Sharp5200$47,40040%40%
6Steven M. Asmussen5111$38,19020%60%
7Gary M. Scherer7101$37,63014%29%
8Wayne M. Catalano3120$37,20033%100%
9Mark E. Casse3102$33,56033%100%
10Wesley A. Ward2110$30,40050%100%
11J. Larry Jones3100$30,07033%33%
12Corale A. Richards12202$29,61017%33%
13Michael Stidham5031$29,3050%80%
14Steven B. Flint3100$28,88033%33%
15Howard Alonzo7110$28,72014%29%
16Sam B. David, Jr.5100$27,75020%20%
17Thomas Morley3101$27,60033%67%
18Lonnie Briley2100$27,00050%50%
19Brian Schweda1100$25,800100%100%
20Oscar Modica2100$25,70050%50%
21Brad H. Cox4100$24,50025%25%
22Nick Leggio1100$24,000100%100%
23Eduardo Rodriguez7200$20,49029%29%
24Chris A. Hartman4200$18,48050%50%
25Edward J. Johnston6010$18,3800%17%

(Stats Courtesy of Equibase)

I was absolutely dancing into the Winner’s Circle. It was so exciting and Joel has been like one of my kids ever since he came from Bay Meadows. We tease each other a lot. We greet each other by grunting and everybody looks at us like, ‘what’s that all about’ but we’ve been doing it for years. So it’s wonderful to win with him. The owners are great people that really deserve something like this.

“This horse seems like he’s more adept at seven furlongs to a mile so I’m not sure he wants a mile and a quarter …

“I could tell my horse had won, but I was so excited in the stretch I thought I was gonna pass out.

“We are very happy with the way our horse had trained for this race, but it’s always scary when you get a look at those Baffert ‘Maseratis’, it pretty much unfolded the way we had hoped.

“The people that own this horse, they’ve got this colt a seven furlong-miler type maybe time will tell differently, but the other colt they are focusing on him going the two turns.”

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