Scott Linville is having the best year of his career, and it just got a little better. The Goshen, Ind. native has won 53 races in 173 starts this year for a UTRS (Universal Trainer Rating System) of .434, which is ninth among small stable statistics in North America.
Linville came onto the Indiana Sired Fair Circuit (ISFC) scene this summer with a barnful of winners. After making a few starts at Northfield and Harrah’s Hoosier Park, he kicked off the fair circuit with wins from Classic Amy, Shipps Revenge, Attaboy Lloyd, Chocolate Espresso, Two Twenty, and Checkerswthgrandpa, just to name a few. All together, horses in Linville’s stable have finished among the top three 100 out of 173 starts this season, attributing to the high UTRS.
After making the Governor’s Cup Championships with several of his horses during the Indiana State Fair, Linville had success in the second series of the ISFC with a whole new string of winners. He won two of the eight $7,000 finals held at the Clinton County Fairgrounds. Bia’s Melody was a winner in the three-year-old trotting final in 2:00.2 while Hosskat was a winner in the two-year-old pacing filly division. Mike Peterson drove both fillies to victory.
Although Linville has been a member of the U.S. Trotting Association since the 1990s, he is only in his third year as a trainer. Last year, he earned 24 wins and topped the $100,000 mark in earnings. This season, he is closing in on $200,000 in earnings.
The U.S. Trotting Association divides statistics into three categories, trainers and drivers with less than 300 starts, which is the category Linville falls into, drivers and trainers with 300 – 500 starts, and drivers and trainers with starts of more than 500. Regarding wins, Linville is among the top 15 in North America for wins in the smaller stable category.