07/07/2009 11:00PM

Tight trainers' race at Indiana Downs


The trainers race is up in the air with only five days left in the Indiana Downs meet. Through Tuesday, four trainers had a legitimate shot at winning the title, and three others had an outside chance.

Barbra McBride and Joe Davis were tied with 16 wins each. McBride had saddled 109 horses at the meet through Tuesday and had five more entered for Wednesday and Friday. Davis has started 51 and had three entered for those two cards.

Kim Hammond and Joe Cain had 13 wins through Tuesday and are the two most likely to overtake the leaders. Hammond s charges have started 105 times, with another five slated to go postward Wednesday and Friday. Cain has started only 42 and had one entered on Wednesday.

Tom Amoss has had 12 of his 17 starters win and had two more entered through Friday. Tracy Wisner has 11 wins from 93 starters and had six more entered for Wednesday and Friday, the most of any of the top trainers. Ron Brown has had 10 winners from 55 starters, with four more entered to run.

Orlando Mojica looks well on his way to winning his fourth local riding title. Through Tuesday, Mojica had won 77 races and was 23 in front of Leandro Goncalves. Mojica will move his tack to Hoosier Park when that meet opens July 30.

* Indiana Downs has raised the purses on all its races by $2,000 for the final six days of the meet, according to racing secretary Butch Cook. We had extra money in the account and money from when we canceled races the other night, so we decided that was the best way to handle it, Cook said.