There isn't, I don't think; at least relatively speaking. I saw a number somewhere of $420 million in purses in the US for Standardbreds in 2013, compared to $1.2 billion for Thoroughbreds in both the US and Canada (so obviously you can't make a perfect comparison, but you get the idea). However, Standardbreds typically race every week, and Burke has 200+ horses in training with divisions all over the country. He has multiple entries, usually, in the biggest races. So much so that Jeff Gural, owner of the Meadowlands, Vernon, and Tioga, has instituted a trainer entry rule. You may be interested in the piece titled "Burke won't try to skirt new rules at the Meadowlands" on page three:BlindLucky wrote:I'll be honest, I didn't know there was that much money in harness racing. But I guess if you have 5,000 starts in a year and you've won 20% of those, that's a good bit of change.PJMIII wrote:Harness: Ron Burke passes Todd Pletcher as single-season earnings leader
Trainer Ron Burke had already re-written the record books in Harness Racing and now he stands atop the leaderboard across all breeds in single-season earnings. On Friday (12/12) he surpassed the $28,116,097 mark set by Thoroughbred trainer Todd Pletcher in 2007.
http://www.drf.com/news/harness-ron-bur ... ngs-leader
http://www.harnessracingupdate.com/rest ... 121214.pdf
"Late" and "early" closers are comparable to stakes/overnights for Thoroughbreds, to the best of my knowledge.