Trainer Bernie Flint and Jockey Jason Lumpkins, who currently win at a 43% rate when teaming together, enter the homestretch of Turfway Park's Winter-Spring meet with single-season records in sight. With eight racing days remaining, Flint, who will be receiving his sixth straight Winter-Spring title, is two wins shy of breaking John Parisella's 1996 record of 40 victories during a single meet, while Lumpkins, who is riding his first full meet at Turfway, needs just nine wins to pass Kris Prather's 2001 record of 109 victories.
Both Flint and Lumpkins have dominated their respective categories this Winter-Spring meet. Through March 24, Flint has saddled 39 winners from 138 starters compared to runner-up Greg Foley, who has had 16 winners from 45 starters. He has won two stakes this meet - the $50,000 Likely Exchange and $50,000 Wintergreen Stakes with Seven Four Seven - and on March 20, he joined an elite group of just five trainers, in the history of Turfway Park, to saddle four winners on one card.
Lumpkins, who moved his tack to Kentucky from Northern California in late 2002, has just run away with the leading jockey title, winning 101 races from 327 mounts through Monday. In comparison, the combined total of wins of the next three riders - Rafael Bejarano, Rodney Prescott and Dean Butler - is 84. Lumpkins has won six of the meet's 15 stakes races, including two with Flint's Seven Four Seven, and, on six separate occasions, he has ridden five winners on one card.
On Wednesday, Flint and Lumpkins will team in the second race with even-money favorite Lethal Weapon and in the ninth race with Push My Buttons, the 4-to-1 second choice on the morning line. These will be Flint's only starters on the card, while Lumpkins has two additional mounts. Turfway Park's meet runs through Thursday, April 3.