Cox Inches Ahead in Fair Grounds’ Trainer’s Race

(Brad Cox currently leads the Trainer Standings at the Fair Grounds / Hodges Photography & Courtesy of the Fair Grounds)

Brad Cox is just relentless.

The young, brash horse trainer from Louisville, KY., just keeps coming. With one horse after another. With one talented runner after another. With one potential superstar after another. The man just keeps it rolling.

And, his horses?

Well, they seem to be even better.

After Monday’s races were in the books, Cox — the latest in a long line of horse trainers to spring onto the backside and the winner’s circle — has now begun to inch ahead in yet another race. The race for the Trainer’s Title at the Fair Grounds.

Going into Thursday’s race card in New Orleans, Cox has started 122 runners at the meet. He has made 28 trips to the winner’s circle, and has another 28 seconds and 13 thirds. His horses have won 23% of the time, and have been first-second-third on .57% of the races.

To top it off, his horses have won nearly $1 million in purses already — with two full months of racing to go.

In other words? Not a bad start. Again.

Four wins back in second place is Joe Sharp, another youngster who has made a nice winter home in Cajun Country. He has started 133 horses to date with 24 wins, 17 seconds and 18 thirds. His horses have earned over $663,500 in purse money so far.

In third place is Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen, who has made only 76 starts to date. He has a 19-16-9 record and has won with .25% of his starters.

Here’s a closer look at the Top 25 trainers so far this meet:

1Brad H. Cox122282813$923,86023%57%
2Joe Sharp133241718$663,50018%44%
3Steven M. Asmussen7619169$633,48025%58%
4Mark E. Casse471157$521,72023%49%
5Michael Stidham86151013$481,51517%44%
6Dallas Stewart428103$391,45019%50%
7Albert M. Stall, Jr.677189$387,02010%51%
8Thomas M. Amoss6415154$370,16023%53%
9Ron Faucheux5015311$331,41030%58%
10Gary M. Scherer421049$320,39024%55%
11Brendan P. Walsh416103$305,15015%46%
12Chris A. Hartman63101110$266,12016%49%
13Wayne M. Catalano397104$257,03018%54%
14Hugh H. Robertson28635$224,16021%50%
15W. Bret Calhoun754810$219,4405%29%
16J. Larry Jones30615$189,34020%40%
17Edward J. Johnston25564$183,43020%60%
18Gregory D. Foley325102$177,37016%53%
19Karl Broberg55987$174,83016%44%
20Bernard S. Flint21622$169,12029%48%
21Michael J. Maker40367$167,9608%40%
22Sam B. David, Jr.446112$162,41014%43%
23Corale A. Richards55937$158,52016%35%
24Louie J. Roussel, III28563$143,42018%50%
25James E. Hodges40576$142,65013%45%

(Stats Courtesy of Equibase)

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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