SARATOGA SPRINGS – The Saratoga Racecourse meet took place at halftime on Wednesday. With 20 days of racing remaining, the name at the top of the trainers’ standings at the Spa meet comes as a surprise. Mike Maker, who has had a dominant barn in Kentucky throughout his career, retains the top spot here with 17 wins out of 59 starters.
With plenty of races to come, the smart money would go to Chad Brown or Todd Pletcher to be in the lead when Labor Day comes. For now, however, the man they all need to catch is the 52-year-old creator. Last summer, Maker had his best encounter at Saratoga winning 20 races, good for a third place tie with Christophe Clement.