(Brad Cox)

With a rush, like one of his horses, Brad Cox made the lead for the Trainer’s Title at the current Fair Grounds race meet. After a tardy break in New Orleans, when most of his horses were still stabled at Churchill Downs, Cox has now zoomed to the front, and it appears that the young trainer from Louisville, KY. is ready to run away.

And, it doesn’t look like either the horses or the trainer is planning on slowing down any time soon.

After Monday’s holiday racing, Cox has saddled 82 horses at the current meet. Nearly 30% of them, 24 to be exact, has crossed the finish line in front. And, his steeds have tallied a grand gross of over $715,000 in purses. To date, Cox has 24 wins, 11 seconds and 13 thirds. His percentage of finishing “In the Money” is now at a lofty 59%.

Second in the run for “most wins” is Lexington-native Joe Sharp, who has 21 wins in 84 starts. Tied for third — with 16 wins apiece — are Al Stall, Jr. and Michael Stidham.

But the name at the top of the list is Cox.

While you constantly hear the names of Todd Pletcher and Chad Brown on the East Coast and are bombarded with the stories of lore regarding the famed Bob Baffert on the West Coast, the young and brash Cox now is starting to challenge the legend of Steve Asmussen in the Midwest for the game’s top billing — no matter where you go.

Here is a closer look at the current Trainer Standings at the Fair Grounds:

 

1 Brad H. Cox 82 24 11 13 $715,345 29% 59%
2 Albert M. Stall, Jr. 75 16 15 7 $662,196 21% 51%
3 Michael Stidham 68 16 11 8 $565,365 24% 51%
4 Joe Sharp 84 21 13 14 $472,610 25% 57%
5 Thomas M. Amoss 63 18 14 5 $392,200 29% 59%
6 Mark E. Casse 42 10 8 0 $365,880 24% 43%
7 Steven M. Asmussen 71 8 9 11 $359,590 11% 39%
8 W. Bret Calhoun 66 11 8 6 $278,795 17% 38%
9 Karl Broberg 67 11 7 10 $246,377 16% 42%
10 James E. Hodges 26 7 2 5 $189,996 27% 54%
11 Sam B. David, Jr. 29 9 6 3 $181,570 31% 62%
12 Ron Faucheux 47 3 12 4 $176,800 6% 40%
13 Danny Pish 37 2 6 8 $163,585 5% 43%
14 Brendan P. Walsh 27 3 4 6 $157,620 11% 48%
15 Howard Alonzo 37 6 1 3 $153,560 16% 27%
16 Scott Gelner 36 4 6 6 $145,550 11% 44%
17 Steve Margolis 25 5 3 6 $143,470 20% 56%
18 Gary M. Scherer 31 5 5 4 $136,210 16% 45%
19 Corale A. Richards 51 6 7 5 $133,950 12% 35%
20 Edward J. Johnston 29 4 3 3 $132,655 14% 34%
21 Dallas Stewart 25 2 5 4 $130,476 8% 44%
22 J. Larry Jones 32 4 3 3 $130,190 13% 31%
23 Bernard S. Flint 26 5 3 2 $125,890 19% 38%
24 Michael J. Maker 24 2 4 4 $124,710 8% 42%
25 Jerry Hollendorfer 2 1 0 0 $120,750 50% 50%