07/15/2009 12:00AM

Oro's well in front, but trainer's race is tight


With the Summit meeting at Thistledown ending Friday, Ernesto Oro has the riding title all wrapped up with a 48-30 lead over Weldon Cloninger Jr. the leading rider at last year's meet.

"This feels good," said Oro, a native of Peru. "I've had a very good meeting."

For the ninth consecutive season, the Summit meeting will have a different riding champion.

The race for leading trainer may not be decided until the dust settles on Friday's last race. Jeff Radosevich saddled two winners on Monday to draw even with Jamie Ness at 19 winners. Radosevich has put himself in a position to win his second title in a row and fourth title in the last five years by entering seven horses in five races on the last two days. Ness has just two horses entered, one of them in a race with Radosevich.

The 76-day Randall-Cranwood meeting will begin on Tuesday and runs through Oct. 31. Thistledown will race five days a week beginning with Tuesday. The dark days are Wednesdays and Sundays.

* Trainer Tony Rini, who was one of the best jocks to ever come out of the Cleveland area, blew out 69 candles on his birthday cake last Friday. His mare Yes Lee gave him his best birthday gift, a win in the opening race that day.