Mike Maker

Mike Maker

Anne M. Eberhardt

Familiar Names Top Churchill Fall Meet

The race for top trainer ended in a tie Nov. 27, closing day of the meet.

Ken and Sarah Ramsey, Julien Leparoux, and Steve Asmussen and Mike Maker were the leaders during the Churchill Downs fall meet, which ended Nov. 27.

The Ramseys, the all-time leading owners by wins at Churchill, won 12 races during the meet to take a record 10th fall meet title. They finished ahead of Billy, Donna, and Justin Hays in second.

Leparoux earned his fifth consecutive riding title with 34 victories; it was his ninth Churchill title overall. Corey Lanerie was second with 27 wins.

Asmussen and Maker were in a battle for leading trainer in the final days of the meet, but each finished with 15 wins. Asmussen won a race on closing day to tie Maker for the title.

Asmussen also won the 2011 spring meet title. He has won every meet training title from 2009-11.