Day At The Track

Combined Chicago Circuit Standings

02:27 AM 07 Jan 2015 NZDT
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For a number of years the Chicago circuit harness racing programs carried combined driver and trainer statistics along with the individual Balmoral Park and Maywood Park standings.

While that hasn’t been the case since the last decade, I thought it would be interesting to see what last year’s combined circuit standings for drivers and trainers would look like, so I did some researching.

Since Balmoral raced one more day a week than Maywood, there were over 400 more races on the big track in Crete, IL than the circuit’s half-miler.

In some cases there was a significant disparity in wins for a driver or a trainer at the two local tracks however in many instances that can be easily explained.

For example Dave Magee drove at Maywood only on stake nights in 2014, going 6-for-42 there.

Balmoral Park based trainers Roger Welch merely had 7 starters last year at Maywood compared to 187 on his home track, while Bob Phillips sent 391 horses to the post at Balmoral compared to only 46 at Maywood.

Springfield conditioner Mike Brink had a little more than a handful (7) horses go postward at Maywood compared to 299 at Balmoral where he won 18 races.

On the other hand long-time Maywood Park trainer kingpin Dave Mc Caffrey started 395 horses on his home base and had just 37 compete at Balmoral.

Combined 2014 Chicago Circuit Standings

Drivers                        Bal.      May.    Circuit Wins

Casey Leonard            204      171      375

Todd Warren               139      132      271

John De Long              129      101      230

Kyle Wilfong                 60       92       152

Dale Hiteman               83       38       121

Bob Smolin                  94       25       119

Dave Magee                108        6       114

Travis Seekman            58       50       108

Ryan Anderson             30       75       105

Dean Magee                 52       41         93

Brian Carpenter            41       50         91

Pat Curtin                    39       26         65

 

Trainers                      Bal.      May.    Circuit Wins

Perry Smith                 40       67        107

Nelson Willis                71       27         98

Erin Elliott                   48       36         84

Dave McCaffrey            3        64         67

Terry Leonard              31       28         59

Joel Smith                   37       19         56

Bob Phillips                  47        7         54

Bill Crone                    38       16         54

Roger Welch                39         3         42

Brett Wilfong               17       25         42

Ronnie Roberts            27       14         41

Erv Miller                    16         3         39

Mike Brink                  38         0         38

Angie Affrunti             16        20        36     

Anthony Munoz          16        19         35

Mike Brown                28         4         32

Art Gregory Jr.           13        18        32

Merv Chupp               20        10         30

Alex Adam                 25         4         29

Joe Seekman             17        11         28

Curtis Rice                  5        21         26  

by Mike Paradise, for IHHA

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