Middle of the road trainers can compete mostly in trotting.Charlie Norris was not a ton of money but he can train a trotter and had some big wins recently. I think with the right horse he can win the Hambletonian which is the premiere horse race in Harness racing.
For most of his career Ray Schnitker was not most likely considered an elite trainer. I am not sure there is the gap there is in thoroughbred racing between a top trainer. In thoroughbred racing you could pay 50 dollars a day more for a top trainer.
With all the upsets in racing in triple crown races you have to wonder do the "top trainers really make such a huge difference?
For us the trainers percentage of winning or cashing is what we look at.
Our 3 thoroughbred trainers Anthony Dutrow,Brandon Kulp and Tim Hooper all have great win percentages.Obviously Anthony Dutrow is as good a trainer as is out there.