(Trainer Mike Maker / Photo Courtesy of Churchill Downs)

Well, the race is on.

While they may not be too quick from the gate on foot, several of the Commonwealth’s top trainers are starting to rev up their barn engines and motor up at Turfway Park.

Turfway is not to be confused with the Kentucky Speedway, mind you. Another kind of racing goes on there. But the race for the current Turfway Park “Trainer’s Title” figures to be a race right down to the wire.

After Saturday’s races were finished, Cipriano Contreras and Mike Maker were tied for the top spot with 8 wins each. Just a win behind in second is Wesley Ward, with 7 trips to the winner’s circle. Just two wins off the pace is Genaro Garcia.

And, a host of others follow up with 5 wins apiece.

Saddle up to the rail or the TV. This is going to be fun to watch.

Here’s a look at the top 25 trainers this meet:

1 Cipriano Contreras 21 8 1 4 $200,829 38% 62%
2 Wesley A. Ward 18 7 3 4 $137,607 39% 78%
3 Ben Colebrook 22 4 5 3 $128,023 18% 55%
4 Michael J. Maker 31 8 4 2 $117,128 26% 45%
5 Genaro Garcia 32 6 4 6 $106,972 19% 50%
6 Kim Hammond 31 4 7 4 $92,678 13% 48%
7 Thomas Drury, Jr. 12 2 4 1 $92,150 17% 58%
8 Rey Hernandez 21 5 2 1 $88,517 24% 38%
9 Philip A. Sims 10 2 2 0 $79,289 20% 40%
10 Eric R. Reed 14 4 0 3 $64,226 29% 50%
11 Ronald G. Brown 17 5 2 2 $47,565 29% 53%
12 Larry E. Smith 16 5 2 1 $45,220 31% 50%
13 Ethan W. West 16 2 1 2 $42,195 13% 31%
14 Ronald Kahles 20 1 1 2 $38,817 5% 20%
15 Larry Rivelli 2 2 0 0 $37,200 100% 100%
16 Douglas W. Danner 17 3 3 1 $36,861 18% 41%
17 Stephen S. Lyster 14 0 3 4 $36,373 0% 50%
18 John Ennis 6 1 0 2 $35,412 17% 50%
19 John A. Hancock 15 4 0 1 $31,557 27% 33%
20 Claude L. Brownfield, III 9 3 2 2 $30,700 33% 78%
21 Cheryl Shifflett 5 1 0 1 $30,665 20% 40%
22 Paulo H. Lobo 4 1 0 0 $30,263 25% 25%
23 William E. Morey 10 3 2 0 $28,320 30% 50%
24 William D. Cowans 8 0 2 2 $28,255 0% 50%
25 Steven M. Asmussen 2 1 0 0 $28,200 50% 50%

(Stats compiled by Equibase)