11/02/2005 12:00AM

Thistledown track report


Trainer Jeff Radosevich and jockey Scott Spieth are each having career seasons.

Radosevich ranks 14th by wins in the national standings, with 127 winners from 570 starts. Radosevich keeps busy by caring for approximately 70 horses at Thistledown, Mountaineer, and on a local farm.

Before becoming a trainer in December 1993, Radosevich was a jockey for 16 years. He was Thistledown's winningest rider in 1988.

Spieth ranks seventh by wins nationally with 266 victories from 1,133 mounts. He was the winningest rider here in 2000 and, like Radosevich, races regularly at Thistledown and Mountaineer Park. He had one of his best days on Oct. 16 when he won five races and had two seconds from seven mounts at Mountaineer. All the winners were for trainers who are based at Thistledown, and two of them were for Radosevich.

Other local trainers who are high in the national standings are Jerry Hollendorfer, third with 228 wins; Dale Baird, who ships in regularly from Mountaineer, 11th with 135 wins; and Rodney Faulkner, 16th with 125 wins.

* Cindy Placke, a longtime regular here who has worked as an exercise rider, pony girl, and groom, took out her trainer's license two weeks ago and scored her first career win in Monday's fifth race with Greycliffe.