CHARLESTON, S.C.--With only one race meet, Charleston on Nov. 15, remaining, Jonathan Sheppard has clinched the Leading Trainer Races Won title, setting another record for the Hall of Fame trainer as he now has won a Leading Trainer title in each of the past six decades.
Jack Fisher, who had held that title for the previous nine years, continues to lead in Trainer, Money Won by $25,920, with $374,560 to Sheppard's $346,540, and it's likely he will remain on top there.
With only five races at Charleston and the largest purse $20,000, Sheppard would have to win that race plus two of the races with $15,000 purses while Fisher's only entry finished off the board for Sheppard to overtake Fisher in Money Won.
Sheppard has one horse entered in each of the five races while Fisher has just one entered,
Bet the Pot, trained by Sheppard and ridden by Gerard Galligan, who finished second in a maiden race at Middleburg in his first start over fences, looks to be the one to beat in the $20,000 Maiden hurdle, the third race on the card.
In the $15,000 Ratings Handicap hurdle, Sheppard has Zoom Zoom Zoe, a maiden winner with a second and a third, entered, while Fisher has Notjudginjustsayin, also a maiden winner, entered.
The final race is a $15,000 Maiden race for 3 year olds, with Sheppard having a first time starter, Lap of the Gods. entered against a wide open field.
Charleston's meet opens with a $7,500 Maiden Claiming race at 1 p.m. post time, followed by the second division of the $7,500 Maiden Claiming hurdle at 1:45.
The races will be live streamed, available on the National Steeplechase Association's website.