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.


The horse broke well today,” Gaffalione said. “I had the horse inside, Dunph, going to the lead and then (Gun It) showed a little bit of speed. When I saw they were intent on going I just tried to get him back and got him to relax. He came back to me nicely and settled well down the backside. Got a little keen going into the far turn and wanted to move a little early. But I didn’t want to take too much away from him so I tried to sit as long as I could. He was waiting on horses down the lane but I kept him at task and there was plenty of horse there.”

“Mark (Casse, the trainer) and his team have done a great job,” Gaffalione said. “They’ve had a ton of confidence in this horse the whole way. It’s just an honor to be able to ride the horse. He’s just so professional, trains great and he’s a pleasure to be around.”

Tyler Gaffalione, Rode of War of Will to victory in the G2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds
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