(Chad Brown)

(Brad Cox)

There are two guys, in particular, who have had a pretty good run of things of late.

There is the spit and shine boots of one Chad Brown, what with the Hollywood smile and the NY glitz, who has dazzled the Thoroughbred world into giving him a chance to train some of the best, most talented, most well-to-do in the pedigree game of the industry.

And, there is the dusty, hard boot, hand-made, grit and grind style of one Brad Cox, who hails from the blue-collar work environment of Louisville, who was born more with a shank in his hand than a silver spoon in his mouth.

Whatever their differences may be in appearance, they have agreed on one major thing: there may be a number of ways to get there, but the winner’s circle is a fun place to be.

Cox, coming off a whirl-wind winter where he won the Trainer’s Title at the Fair Grounds and nearly did the same thing with a limited number of dirt runners over at Oaklawn Park, and Brown, coming off a winter wonderland season down in South Florida, now head into the final days of this Keneland meet hell bent on a showdown that may come down to the final race.

After Sunday’s last race, Cox was hold a slim, 1-race win margin over Brown in the race for most victories at this year’s Spring meet at the historic oval in Lexington. Jut a win farther back, in third, is Wesley Ward — king of the 2-year-old races. The leading trainer will, undoubtedly come down to one of those three gentlemen.

Brown, on the other hand, has already capture the title for most purses won by a trainer this meet. In 21 mounts to date, Brown — who has 11-3-2 record — has amassed over $1.491 million in purses won.

Cox, on the other hand, has had 23 horses to start this meet. His record is 12-1-1 with $636,971 in purses earned.

Ward holds down the third slot with a record of 10-8-3 in 34 starts, an his horses have earned $571,064 in purses.

Here’s a closer look at he Trainer Standings at the current Keeneland meet:

1 Chad C. Brown 21 11 3 2 $1,491,910 52% 76%
2 Brad H. Cox 23 12 1 1 $636,971 52% 61%
3 Wesley A. Ward 34 10 8 3 $571,064 29% 62%
4 Mark E. Casse 38 3 9 5 $558,187 8% 45%
5 W. Bret Calhoun 12 5 1 2 $401,820 42% 67%
6 Kenneth G. McPeek 33 4 8 3 $401,784 12% 45%
7 Brian A. Lynch 14 2 3 3 $285,595 14% 57%
8 Michael J. Maker 36 2 4 7 $216,591 6% 36%
9 Todd A. Pletcher 12 2 4 2 $213,293 17% 67%
10 D. Wayne Lukas 6 1 1 0 $206,295 17% 33%
11 Charles LoPresti 16 3 4 1 $188,669 19% 50%
12 Ian R. Wilkes 21 2 3 2 $160,530 10% 33%
13 Dale L. Romans 8 1 0 1 $159,959 13% 25%
14 William I. Mott 15 0 4 1 $153,650 0% 33%
15 Charles L. Dickey 4 1 0 1 $153,460 25% 50%
16 George R. Arnold, II 18 2 1 3 $149,450 11% 33%
17 J. Larry Jones 12 4 1 3 $148,177 33% 67%
18 Joe Sharp 10 2 3 0 $142,804 20% 50%
19 Ben Colebrook 15 2 3 3 $136,019 13% 53%
20 H. Graham Motion 13 1 2 2 $124,685 8% 38%
21 J. Keith Desormeaux 1 1 0 0 $120,000 100% 100%
22 Michael R. Matz 14 2 1 1 $112,580 14% 29%
23 Steven M. Asmussen 10 2 0 2 $111,715 20% 40%
24 Richard Baltas 5 1 1 1 $110,630 20% 60%
25 Kiaran P. McLaughlin 6 2 0 1 $107,734 33% 50%