After returning from a couple vacations I thought I’d catch up on some questions that have been sent in. People, and particularly new owners looking for help or advice, are always interested in the most active stables and how they are doing. As a result, I was asked if I could update the 2016 Minnesota Earnings Per Start (EPS) data which I occasionally publish on this site. The data is public and online from multiple sources but rather than counting wins, which can be economically costly, the EPS rankings are the best proxy I know of to answer the question of how stables are doing. They are a way of estimating the true economic efficiency of stables in my opinion.
New Canterbury trainer Joe Sharp leads the way with some of the more familiar names like Robertson, Bravo, Scherer and Biehler also in the top ten. Scott Rake and Rake Farms leads the way among owners with other familiar names like Butzow, Ulwelling, Sprick, Bremer, Thares and Novogratz near the top of the standings.
With 12 racings days in the 2016 Canterbury season already in the books, I consider a start every other racing day as a good measure of activity, so I only included stables with 6 starts or more in the listings. The full listing for both owners and trainers follows. Of course, the season is just beginning and you need to study EPS over long periods to truly understand efficiency nevertheless, I look at this data to answer the questions.
Dave Astar is a race horse owner, stallion owner, breeder, 40 year business executive, and 50 year handicapper.