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)

The horse broke well today,” Gaffalione said. “I had the horse inside, Dunph, going to the lead and then (Gun It) showed a little bit of speed. When I saw they were intent on going I just tried to get him back and got him to relax. He came back to me nicely and settled well down the backside. Got a little keen going into the far turn and wanted to move a little early. But I didn’t want to take too much away from him so I tried to sit as long as I could. He was waiting on horses down the lane but I kept him at task and there was plenty of horse there.”

“Mark (Casse, the trainer) and his team have done a great job,” Gaffalione said. “They’ve had a ton of confidence in this horse the whole way. It’s just an honor to be able to ride the horse. He’s just so professional, trains great and he’s a pleasure to be around.”

Tyler Gaffalione, Rode of War of Will to victory in the G2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds
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