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)

We thought she came in here really fresh and on her game,” said Scott Blasi, Asmussen’s assistant. “It’s tough to win like this, lose like that. We’ve all been there. That being said, she deserved to win the race.”

Scott Blasi, Assistant Trainer to Steve Asmussen and Midnight Bisou
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