Tyler George scored his second straight leading trainer title at Harrah’s Hoosier Park. The 160-day racing season came to a close Saturday, Dec. 4 with George topping the standings with 119 wins.
Horses conditioned by George pulled in more than $1.1 million during the season. The stable maintained a 33 percent win average and George maintained a .455 average on the year.
The top horse from the George Stable in 2021 was Mac’s Big Boy, winner in 10 of 22 starts and earnings of more than $118,000. Other notable horses trained by George included DD’s Big Joe, Sandy Sue and Secret Threat, who each won seven races during the meet. Secret Threat just missed the six-figure mark for the season. Another standout in the stable was National Sport, who won five of six starts. In all, George sent 23 different horses to the winner’s circle.
The tally by George also marks a personal best. Last year, George won 73 races during the abbreviated season due to COVID-19 shutdowns. The 2021 tally also equaled Jeff Cullipher’s total from 2016 for wins in one season.
Cullipher finished second in the 2021 standings with 105 wins followed by Erv Miller in third with 93. Walter Haynes Jr. finished fourth with 71 wins followed by Britney Dillon in fifth with 65 wins. Other top 10 trainers for the meet included Missy Essig (61); LeWayne Miller (58); Melanie Wrenn (56); Trent Stohler (53); and Joe Putnam (52).
The richest money earning stable on the year was the Erv Miller Stable, who topped the standings with $1.675 million. Seven stables earned in excess of a million dollars, including George, Cullipher, LeWayne Miller, Wrenn, Ron Burke and James Yoder in addition to Erv Miller. George also completed the year with the highest UTRS at .455 for top three finishers.
Rick Moore made the winner’s circle presentation to George during the final night of racing at Harrah’s Hoosier Park.