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)

(Well Defined) has a ton of natural talent and I was going to take advantage of that today,” Morales explained. “I wasn’t too worried about where I was going to be because we were really lucky with the draw position on the outside, so I figured I was going to ride a cool race.

“The horse is naturally fast and has a super-long stride, so I was going to come out running, but if somebody wanted to take the lead, I was OK with that,” Morales said. No one did, and he stretched the lead to three lengths from Knicks Go up the backstretch.

“All I wanted to do was ride a cool and collected race and keep my horse running,” Morales said. “I didn’t feel like I was going that fast at all, and my horse was going as comfortable as he possible could.

“I knew he was doing it relaxed and very much on his own. I had a lot of horse going into the second turn, so I figured I was going to ask him a little more and not wait for them to get me. If they were going to catch me, they were really going to have to come running.”

PABLO MORALES, RIDER OF THE WINNER WELL DEFINED
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