Cox Holds Lead in Fair Grounds’ Trainer Standings

(Brad Cox still holds the lead in the Trainer Standings at the Fair Grounds / Hodges Photography & Courtesy of the Fair Grounds)

1Brad H. Cox128292914$973,22823%56%
2Joe Sharp139261719$698,88019%45%
3Steven M. Asmussen8021179$689,74026%59%
4Mark E. Casse481157$521,72023%48%
5Michael Stidham87161013$491,11518%45%
6Albert M. Stall, Jr.708199$421,62011%51%
7Dallas Stewart459103$416,05020%49%
8Thomas M. Amoss6816164$395,75024%53%
9Ron Faucheux5418411$385,41033%61%
10Gary M. Scherer431049$320,39023%53%
11Chris A. Hartman67111211$318,74216%51%
12Brendan P. Walsh416103$305,15015%46%
13Wayne M. Catalano397104$257,03018%54%
14W. Bret Calhoun775811$236,3906%31%
15Hugh H. Robertson30645$229,56020%50%
16Karl Broberg581187$213,23019%45%
17Bernard S. Flint22722$196,12032%50%
18Edward J. Johnston28575$192,27018%61%
19J. Larry Jones30615$189,34020%40%
20Gregory D. Foley335102$177,37015%52%
21Corale A. Richards591038$169,72017%36%
22Michael J. Maker40367$167,9608%40%
23Sam B. David, Jr.466112$165,47013%41%
24Louie J. Roussel, III29573$152,02017%52%
25James E. Hodges41576$142,65012%44%

(Source: Equibase)

There’s not too much drama so far this meet at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans.

James Graham jumped to an early lead and is riding at the top of the Jockey Standings.

Brad Cox just does what Brad Cox does. Anywhere he goes. Everywhere he goes. He wins races.

After Saturday’s races at the Fair Grounds were all said and done, Cox still held onto the lead in the Trainer’s Standings in the “Big Easy.” And, he is making it look a lot like big easy. After 128 races that he has saddled a horse in, Cox has put up a gaudy 29-29-14 record. His horses have earned over $973,000 to date.

And, his best horse?

Like the Champion 3YO filly of 2018 — Monomoy Girl?

Well, she hasn’t even raced yet.

So much for drama.

Three wins behind Cox is Joe Sharp, who has put up 26 wins, 17 seconds and 19 thirds in 139 races. Eight wins behind the pace setter is Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen, who has 21 wins, 17 seconds and 9 thirds in just 80 races.

The best win percentage this meet, though, belongs to Ron Faucheux, who has put up 18 winners in 54 races for a average of .33% winners. His horse’s have hit the board .61% of the time this meet. That’s tops at the meet so far, too, for the Top 25 trainers.

 

(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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