Brad Cox Takes Early Lead in the Trainer Standings at the Fair Grounds

(Brad Cox is currently leading the Trainer Standings at the Fair Grounds / Photo Courtesy of Churchill Downs)

Brad Cox knows his way around a horse. And, around a shed row or two. And, around a racetrack or three or four.

The Louisville native has been on an absolute roll all year long, since the early days of January when he was winning races in New Orleans. Now, he and many of his horses are back. And, he has not lost his magic touch, and the horses have not lost their ability to find the finish line first and the winner’s circle next.

After Sunday’s races were complete, Brad Cox was in familiar territory. At the top of the Trainer Standings Board. After 25 saddle jobs this meet, Cox’s horses have won 8 races, with 4 seconds and a third. That gives Cox a 1-win edge over Ron Faucheux, who has called 7 wins, and 3 thirds out of the first 19 races he has entered and run.

Two wins back in third is Michael Stidham, who has put up a tally sheet of 6-7-6 in 28 starts. Stidham’s horses have been in the money 68% of the time and currently lead the board with $226,505 in purses earned.

But this figures to be a tight race all the way till March. So, buckle in for a long winter’s ride.

Here’s a closer look at the Top 30 Trainers:

1Michael Stidham28676$226,50521%68%
2Steven M. Asmussen16534$189,18031%75%
3Brad H. Cox25841$168,35032%52%
4Ron Faucheux19703$146,79037%53%
5Joe Sharp29533$117,02017%38%
6Albert M. Stall, Jr.260113$99,6700%54%
7Hugh H. Robertson7313$97,20043%100%
8Gary M. Scherer13421$88,03031%54%
9Mark E. Casse11224$83,57018%73%
10Thomas M. Amoss14421$78,86029%50%
11Wayne M. Catalano8221$64,40025%63%
12James E. Hodges13221$62,21015%38%
13Steven B. Flint10400$60,50040%40%
14Brendan P. Walsh8141$58,40013%75%
15Sam B. David, Jr.12210$56,95017%25%
16Scott Gelner18201$55,09511%17%
17Edward J. Johnston9211$53,74022%44%
18Thomas Morley6201$52,68033%50%
19Eduardo Rodriguez15411$50,90027%40%
20Howard Alonzo21213$48,94010%29%
21Eric L. Heitzmann13221$47,44015%38%
22Corale A. Richards21303$46,44014%29%
23Chris A. Hartman14231$44,36014%43%
24J. Larry Jones7201$43,47029%43%
25Victor Arceneaux4111$38,00025%75%
26Oscar Modica6111$35,97017%50%
27Brian Schweda3200$34,20067%67%
28Nick Leggio3200$32,40067%67%
29Tracey Glover11113$31,1009%45%
30Wesley A. Ward4110$30,40025%50%

(Data Courtesy of Equibase)

The horse broke well today,” Gaffalione said. “I had the horse inside, Dunph, going to the lead and then (Gun It) showed a little bit of speed. When I saw they were intent on going I just tried to get him back and got him to relax. He came back to me nicely and settled well down the backside. Got a little keen going into the far turn and wanted to move a little early. But I didn’t want to take too much away from him so I tried to sit as long as I could. He was waiting on horses down the lane but I kept him at task and there was plenty of horse there.”

“Mark (Casse, the trainer) and his team have done a great job,” Gaffalione said. “They’ve had a ton of confidence in this horse the whole way. It’s just an honor to be able to ride the horse. He’s just so professional, trains great and he’s a pleasure to be around.”

Tyler Gaffalione, Rode of War of Will to victory in the G2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds
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