Kayne Kauffman extended his lead in the dash standings at the inaugural meet at Miami Valley Raceway by notching four wins on the Thursday night (April 10) program.
The 35-year-old Kauffman, determined to defend the dash title he earned at the final meet at nearby Lebanon Raceway in 2013, has 64 victories through the first 45 nights of racing. Runner-up Tyler Smith has 49 wins, then come Dan Noble (44), Jeremy Smith (37), Jason Brewer (35), Jim Pantaleano (31), Kyle Ater (30), Chris Page (29), Randy Tharps (27), Josh Sutton (25), Pat Berry (23) and Greg Grismore (21).
Kauffman's $257,022 also tops the money won list with 20 of the 65 nights of the track's first meet still remaining. Noble's $201,000 is second while another ten drivers have earned more than $100,000 with their mounts thus far.
Kauffman's four wins on Thursday night came from four different stables. He won with Southern Accent for trainer Jim Arledge Jr., Gordyyys Pet for conditioner Chris Short, RM Mornin Sunshine for Gavin Bixler, and Countmymuscles, a trotter from his own barn.
The trainer's title is still up for grabs with Jeff Brewer and Virgil Morgan, Jr. currently deadlocked at the top of the list with 23 triumphs. Doug Hinklin and Chris Short are well within striking distance with 18 victories apiece. They are followed by Conor Flynn (15), Kayne Kauffman (13), Sam Coven and Terry Deters (12 each), Dan Ater and Sherif Cunmulaj (11), and Roy Murphy Jr. (10).
Morgan's $91,210 narrowly heads the stable earnings list which boasts ten different trainers averaging more than $1,000 earned per program.
Statistically, post position five is winning at an alarming 18.1 percent clip, followed by post four at 15.3, post three at 14.5, and posts one and two both at 12.5. Post time favorites have won 33.47 percent of the races which are averaging more than 8.6 starters per race. (Miami Valley)