Trainer Lake On a Roll

The old adage "When you're hot, you're hot," is often overused, but in trainer Scott Lake's case, it fits perfectly. In the seven day period from June 15 through June 21, Lake saddled 18 winners from 35 starters (51%), and those wins weren't restricted to one racetrack.

From his two bases of operation at Philadelphia Park and Pimlico, Lake won events at Monmouth Park, Delaware Park, Philadelphia, Pimlico and Laurel, ranging from the $100,000 Baltimore Breeders' Cup (gr. III) with the former plater Leave it To Beezer, to cheaper claiming contests.

"Everything just fell into place," said Lake about his victory spree. "My horses were ready to run, and they obviously ran in the right spots."

Lake, who secured his trainer's license in 1987 and began his career at Penn National, currently has 96 horses in training for 35 different owners. He said he handles nearly all of the condition book work--picking out races, entering horses at several tracks each day--and often travels several hundred miles daily to personally saddle his runners in the paddock.

According to statistics provided by Equibase, through racing of Thursday, Lake was second nationally in number of wins. From 312 starters, he has saddled 121 winners (39%), five fewer than Mountaineer-based Dale Baird. Baird, however, has saddled his 126 winners from 682 starters (18%), 370 more starters than Lake.