John McKee
John McKee, center right in brown blazer and holding end of saddle cloth, in 2015. Photo by Coady Photography.

Trainer Anthony Farrior continues to win at a high rate at Charles Town Races, and as a result, he continues to lead our Top Midlantic Trainer rankings through August 10.

The big surprise of the week just passed belonged to trainer Richard Vega. The Parx-based conditioner jumped from 50th overall to fourth. He’s won with six of 26 starters on his home track to go with a positive wagering ROI and above-average earnings per start. His 4.538 points make him the highest-ranked trainer based at the Bensalem track.

Farrior, who has won with 19 of 47 starters at Charles Town, has 5.452 points and a clear lead in the region – nearly a half-point ahead of current runner-up Bernie Houghton. Farrior has led the ranks all three weeks.

The ranks are compiled by comparing each trainer’s performance in three metrics – win percentage, earnings per start, and $2 wagering return on investment – to the average of the top 25 trainers by starts at that track. The average of the top 25 at each track ranges from approximately 2.60 points to 2.72 points.

Farrior is one of three Charles Town trainers in the top 10 of the ranks. In third place overall is Kevin Patterson, who has won with 12 of 27 starters (44%) and has 4.681 points. Patterson had not made sufficient starts to appear on the list prior to this week. John McKee, who is 15-for-60 at Charles Town, is sixth with 4.444 points, up from 12th a week ago.

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Houghton, the Penn National-based trainer who is second, was fourth a week ago. He has 4.957 points to lead all trainers at his track.

The Hall of Famer Jerry Hollendorfer is the top-rated Monmouth-based trainer in the latest rankings and is fifth overall with 4.503 points. He has eight wins at the Shore track, four behind meet leader Kelly Breen, who has 12. Breen is ranked 23rd overall with 3.518 points.

The Delaware Park-based Anthony Pecoraro, who was second a week ago, has dropped to seventh with 4.342 points. That leaves him slightly ahead of Mark Reid (4.322 points), who is second at Delaware and ninth overall. Reid was fifth overall last week.

Who’s the Top Midlantic Jockey?

Graham Motion leads the Laurel Park training contingent – though based at Fair Hill, he’s made 28 starts at Laurel – and he has 4.323 points, good for eighth overall, down one spot from last week. Brittany Russell is second among Laurel trainers and 11th overall.

Michael Stidham is 10th overall and first among those trainers who qualify at two or more different tracks. Stidham has made 20 starts at Monmouth Park and another 15 at Delaware, and overall he’s won with nine of 35 starters. He has 4.213 points and rose one spot during the week.

The list includes all trainers among the top 25 by starters – including ties – at Charles Town, Delaware Park, Laurel Park, Monmouth Park, Parx Racing, and Penn National. It includes only races contested since May 15. It does not include Colonial Downs, which has raced too few days thus far.


1Farrior Anthony5.4524719
2Houghton T Bernard B4.9574312
3Patterson Kevin S4.6812712
4Vega Richard4.538266
5Hollendorfer Jerry4.503218
6McKee John D4.4446015
7Pecoraro Anthony4.342216
8Motion H Graham4.323286
9Reid Mark J4.322227
10Stidham Michael4.213359
11Russell Brittany4.072319
12Casey James W4.067449
13Casey John A4.0524910
14Coker Jr Gerald A4.038346
15Kulp Brandon L3.9033912
16Whylie Herold O3.902236
17Huston Rory K3.893416
18Wyner Harold3.852276
19Shanley Timothy3.844356
20Demasi K A3.7926915
21Servis John C3.720256
22Robb John J3.7065212
23Breen Kelly J3.5184512
24Robertson McLean3.5154612
25Camejo Jose M3.475327
26Vazquez Juan C3.386489
27Walters David3.286336
28Trombetta Michael J3.257579
29Merryman Ann W3.201354
30Figgins III Ollie L3.1956614
31Ness Jamie3.18620850
32Rubley Kelly3.182407
33Potts Wayne3.1597112
34Salvaggio Mark V3.156338
35Klesaris Steve3.147214
36Dini Michael3.139308
37Runco Jeff C3.10112524
38Mcmahon Demelza3.049286
39Pino Michael V3.036429
40McBurney Patrick B3.024375
41Keefe Timothy L2.966304
42Martin Silvio L2.942264
43Kreiser Timothy C2.9244911
44Dilodovico Damon R2.9055310
45Lynch Cathal A2.900397
46Grams Timothy C2.887479
47Graci Kimberly A2.867499
48Reid Jr Robert E2.784223
49Cibelli Jane2.690296
50Gonzalez Claudio A2.67716326
51Caison Jody L2.673325
52Farro Patricia2.670579
53Gorham Michael E2.669295
54Velazquez Daniel2.609265
55Corrales Jose2.6065310
56McMahon Hugh I2.597548
57O'Dwyer Jeremiah2.536325
58Contreras Javier2.528749
59Potts Jr Ron G2.524243
60Gaudet Lacey2.523364
61Schoenthal Phil2.522323
62Sanchez-Salomon R2.497346
63Smith Hamilton A2.411555
64Stites Flint W2.379425
65Carlisle John C2.376438
66Coletti Jr Edward J2.348323
67Guerrero Juan Carlos2.332233
68Diaz Jorge2.331325
69Lucas Anthony2.322304
70Reynolds Joan A2.307305
71Mancilla Carlos A2.296352
72Capuano Dale2.295467
73Salvaggio Jr M W2.230242
74Delgado Jose H2.200428
75Lake Scott A2.127749
76Bennett Gerald S2.110233
77Brown Ronney W2.06512714
78Carvajal Jr Luis2.056345
79Tobin Edwin L2.027413
80Spina Chuck2.005293
81Pickett Crystal G1.980456
82Sweezey J Kent1.972244
83Milian Carlos J1.909314
84Linder Jr Louis C1.823447
85Magee Kieron1.775577
86Obed-Letts Keturah E1.744343
87Sacco Gregory D1.727202
88Joy Kevin J1.707324
89Mcclellan Erin C1.618293
90Cronk Samuel F1.593262
91Zalalas Michael1.559302
92Kravets Bruce M1.536414
93Collins Timothy M1.408402
94Mazza Joseph W1.297201
95Madrigal Sr Rodrigo1.283211
96Bailes W Robert1.283322
97Dominguez Mario A1.248292
98Allen III A Ferris1.198382
99Correa Jr Alex A1.130363
100Galvan Baltazar1.076262
101Serey Jr Mario1.028322
102Ingram Adam L0.906272
103St Lewis Uriah0.888201
104Taylor Joseph0.863392
105Ryan Derek S0.782221
106White Donald R0.773251
107Pimental John I0.762201
108Boggs M Joanna0.761321
109Mosco Robert0.616281
110Bobadilla Jose F0.518411
111Jones Jr Michael E0.440481
112Einhorn Skip0.410341