(Trainer Mike Maker / Photo Courtesy of Churchill Downs)

The showdown is now on at Turfway Park.

Trainer Mike Maker — a longtime favorite at the track — has inched ahead in the race for the Trainer’s Title at the Northern Kentucky racing venue with a 1-win margin over his customary adversary, Wesley Ward. And, it appears that the duo will now engage in a duel that is likely to go down to the wire.

After Saturday’s races were completed, Maker had managed to squeak out 12 wins in 46 mounts so far this meet. That gives the barn a 1-win margin over Ward, who has coaxed home 11 winners from 30 starters.

Let the races begin.

It will be fun to watch.

Here’s a look at the Top 25 trainers so far this meet:

1 Wesley A. Ward 30 11 4 7 $299,871 37% 73%
2 Ben Colebrook 35 6 8 4 $215,802 17% 51%
3 Michael J. Maker 46 12 5 5 $215,295 26% 48%
4 Cipriano Contreras 27 9 2 5 $212,424 33% 59%
5 Genaro Garcia 36 7 6 6 $134,922 19% 53%
6 Kim Hammond 43 6 7 5 $118,421 14% 42%
7 Rey Hernandez 25 6 4 1 $116,207 24% 44%
8 Philip A. Sims 11 3 2 0 $106,889 27% 45%
9 Thomas Drury, Jr. 15 2 5 2 $103,550 13% 60%
10 Eric R. Reed 16 4 0 3 $65,536 25% 44%
11 Stephen S. Lyster 19 2 5 4 $56,063 11% 58%
12 Ronald G. Brown 21 5 3 2 $50,995 24% 48%
13 Douglas W. Danner 22 4 3 1 $50,561 18% 36%
14 Larry E. Smith 24 5 4 1 $50,090 21% 42%
15 Ronald Kahles 28 1 1 4 $48,949 4% 21%
16 Ethan W. West 23 2 1 3 $47,590 9% 26%
17 Paulo H. Lobo 9 2 0 2 $46,873 22% 44%
18 Patrick Huffman 10 2 0 1 $42,477 20% 30%
19 Garry W. Simms 3 1 1 0 $39,200 33% 67%
20 Andrew McKeever 12 1 1 1 $39,175 8% 25%
21 Claude L. Brownfield, III 12 4 2 2 $38,140 33% 67%
22 William D. Cowans 12 0 3 2 $38,100 0% 42%
23 John Ennis 9 1 1 2 $38,032 11% 44%
24 Larry Rivelli 2 2 0 0 $37,200 100% 100%
25 William E. Morey 16 3 4 2 $36,860 19% 56%