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By - Dan Liebman - "Trainer of record" is important, but in many ways, it is a meaningless term.

A Day At The Spa: Aug. 20, Story Without Words

Cut the audio on a day at the races, and you'd still have a completely interpretable scene. The bettor, slumping his shoulders and running a worn hand over his worry-creased forehead, equals losing. The trainer, leaning forward in his box and jumping to his feet, beaming, as his horse crosses the wire, equals winning.

A Day At The Spa: Aug. 14, The Perfect Trip

You can train your horse up to a race, conditioning him in the best possible manner. You can score the services of a top jockey with a winning percentage of 66.67 and a 79% in-the-money rate. It's all up in the air when they open the gate.

Eclipse Award: Todd Pletcher, Trainer

Trainer Todd Pletcher had plenty of opportunities last year, and by the numbers, he made the most of them. Horses trained by Pletcher made 1,039 starts and collectively earned $20,867,842, the highest one-year earnings figure ever for a trainer. (Bobby Frankel held the previous record of $19,147,129 set in 2003.) Pletcher topped his 2004 earnings total by more than $3 million.

Trainer Feliciano Wins Ninth Straight

Trainer Benny Feliciano extended his winning streak to nine races when he sent out M.C.R. Stable's El Keko to win a two-mile starter allowance race Wednesday at Thistledown.

2004 Eclipse Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Todd Pletcher, who was third in Eclipse Award balloting in 2003 after finishing the year in the No. 2 spot by earnings, ended the 2004 season atop the earnings list. That was good enough for him to cop an Eclipse Award for outstanding trainer.

2003 Eclipse Trainer of the Year: Robert Frankel

By all accounts, 2002 was Bobby Frankel's year. He had 60 stakes wins from January to December, $17,748,340 in earnings, won 24% of all his races, trained two Eclipse Award finalists, and earned an Eclipse himself. Then came 2003.

Trainer Harold Rose Dead at 92

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Trainer Harold Rose, who bred, owned, and trained 2000 Florida Derby (gr. I) and 2002 Gulfstream Park Handicap (gr. I) winner Hal's Hope, died today at his north Miami home. He was 92.

Former Trainer Smiley Adams Dies at 67

William E. "Smiley" Adams, who trained Robert and Verna Lehmann's Master Derby to win the 100th running of the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) in 1975, died June 19 at the Veteran's Affairs Hospital in Lexington. He was 67.

Trainer John Tammaro Missing

Police in South Florida are investigating the disappearance of well-known trainer John Tammaro Jr., who was reported missing by his daughter on Sunday, Feb. 25. Tammaro was last seen leaving Gulfstream Park about 10 a.m. that day by track security officers who later told police detectives Tammaro "didn't look well."

Eclipse Awards: Trainer: Bobby Frankel

Bobby Frankel is one of only three trainers who cracked the $10-million mark in earnings last year, but look closely at his statistics. He stands apart from fellow earnings leaders Bob Baffert and D. Wayne Lukas because he started about 50% fewer horses than they did and still won 3% more than Lukas and 9% less than Baffert.

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