Charles Town: Latest trainer stats through July 18

by | Jul 19, 2018 | Breaking, Racing, Top Stories, West Virginia, WV Racing

Something Awesome won the Grade 2 Charles Town Classic. Photo by Coady Photography.

by Chelsea Lowman

Trainer Jeff Runco remains atop the leaderboard in our alternative trainer rankings for Charles Town. His total of 222.42 points has him ahead of Javier Contreras (195.35), Jose Corrales (188.36), Ronney Brown (173.61), and James Casey (168.43), who round out the top five.

Our system takes into account wins, win percentage, earnings per start, and wagering return on investment. The trainer leading the colony in each category receives a score of 100 for that category, with other conditioners getting a percentage of that. That would give a trainer leading in all categories a perfect score of 400.

In brief, the rating system rewards those who win often and in the biggest races. We applied the stats to every trainer at Charles Town who’s made at least 40 starts and won at least one race.

Runco’s 73 victories have him well ahead of his nearest rival, Ronney Brown, who sits in second with 48 wins.  Contreras and Tim Grams are tied for third, with 28 wins apiece. Tied for fifth are Casey and John McKee, who have each saddled 25 winners to date.

Just as in our prior rankings, Contreras sits in first-place when it comes to win percentage. His strike rate of 28.28 percent has him just ahead of John Carlisle, who has a win percentage of 26.87 percent. Joan Reynolds is next, with a win rate of 23.88 percent. Completing the top five are Runco and Casey, with strike rates of 23.47 and 21.55 percent, respectively.

With earnings per start of $18,407, Jose Corrales continues to lead the colony with a strong advantage. His Something Awesome won the $1.2 million, Grade 2 Charles Town Classic, which is the primary reason he has such a large advantage. Well behind him in second is Contreras, whose earnings per start come out to be $4,059. Casey, Runco, and Grams round out the top five with earnings per start of $3,964, $3,875, and $3,364, respectively.

Michael Atkins continues to get longshots home, giving him a secure place on top in terms of wagering ROI. For every $2 win wager placed on his horses, the average payout that his supporters receive is $6.64. His most recent winner, Ethel’s Castle, paid a whopping $55.20 to win on July 12. Atkins’s other big winners during this meet include Vintage Gin, with winning odds of 54-1, Kluvabye, with odds of 25-1, and 21-1 longshot Riskshighpayislow.

Tied behind Atkins in second are William Aylor Jr. and Raimondo Schiano-Dicola, who each have and ROI of $2.98. Completing the top five for wagering ROI are Kristy Gazzier ($2.64), Casey ($2.42), and Contreras ($2.32).

The rankings include all races through July 18, 2018.




$2 ROI
1Runco Jeff C222.427323.47%$3,875$1.22
2Contreras Javier195.352828.28%$4,059$2.32
3Corrales Jose188.36615.00%$18,407$1.80
4Brown Ronney W173.614819.35%$2,488$1.72
5Casey James W168.432521.55%$3,964$2.42
6Carlisle John C160.471826.87%$2,801$1.70
7Atkins Michael G160.46512.20%$1,931$6.64
8Grams Timothy C156.882821.54%$3,364$1.60
9Reynolds Joan A156.041623.88%$2,991$2.22
10Figgins III Ollie L148.792419.83%$3,105$1.92
11Gazzier Kristy137.861120.00%$2,267$2.64
12Schiano-Dicola R124.67716.28%$2,328$2.98
13McKee John D116.862514.20%$2,469$1.26
14Pickett Crystal G111.801016.67%$2,664$1.64
15Aylor Jr William L101.27512.20%$1,183$2.98
16Casey John A92.85711.86%$2,281$1.92
17Jones Jr Michael E89.31912.86%$1,534$1.54
18Pennella Rhea M85.40711.48%$1,219$1.90
19Davis Russell E84.93510.64%$1,794$2.04
20Walters David81.12712.50%$2,093$1.06
21Tracy Greg78.93511.63%$1,320$1.58
22Boggs M Joanna74.15510.64%$1,361$1.48
23Rideouttii Anthony M68.55511.11%$2,352$0.64
24Gaffney Hubert58.1257.69%$1,381$1.10
25Shanley Mark A55.0347.84%$1,411$0.94
26Ingram Adam L53.8057.58%$940$1.00
27Dollinger-Stehr L48.2347.41%$1,829$0.44
28Keller Christopher M43.2024.17%$1,022$1.34
29Lucas Anthony38.6534.41%$1,269$0.80
30Stehr Joseph P36.3835.88%$1,114$0.36
31Correa Jr Alex A31.7723.92%$906$0.68
32Collins Timothy M24.4423.23%$1,452$0.16