Cox Leads Sharp By 1 Win in Fair Grounds’ Trainer’s Standings

(Brad Cox holds a 1-win advantage in the race for the Trainer’s Title at the Fair Grounds / Hodges Photography & Courtesy of the Fair Grounds)

For quite some time now, youngsters Brad Cox and Joe Sharp have been locking horns at racetracks all over the country. They have battled it out in their home state of Kentucky. They have taken it on the road, all the way up to Saratoga. Now, they are duking it out in New Orleans.

After Sunday’s races were all totaled, Cox currently holds a slim, 1-win advantage over Sharp in the race for the Trainer’s Title in the “Big Easy.” After Sunday, Cox had a record of 19-18-7 in 75 starts. Sharp, on the other hand, had a mark of 18-13-11 in 98 starts. It promises to be another run to the wire — which won’t come until late March.

Four wins farther back, in third place, is Steve Asmussen. The barn has made just 53 starts to date, but has a nice record of 14-12-8. That is a win percentage of .26% and the horses have been “in the money” on .64% of the time.

Ron Faucheux, a fixture in Cajun Country, is alone in fourth place with 12 wins. He has a 12-1-8 record in 40 starts so far.

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

1Brad H. Cox7519187$617,53025%59%
2Joe Sharp98181311$508,58018%43%
3Steven M. Asmussen5314128$469,80026%64%
4Michael Stidham61101011$372,84516%51%
5Dallas Stewart26741$317,22027%46%
6Albert M. Stall, Jr.504155$296,9008%48%
7Mark E. Casse26835$262,97031%62%
8Ron Faucheux401218$260,65030%53%
9Thomas M. Amoss4310103$239,11023%53%
10Gary M. Scherer32735$219,85022%47%
11Chris A. Hartman49899$200,02016%53%
12Wayne M. Catalano27672$195,60022%56%
13Brendan P. Walsh26472$188,13015%50%
14W. Bret Calhoun51373$162,8306%25%
15Hugh H. Robertson20425$157,65020%55%
16Bernard S. Flint10511$144,75050%70%
17Sam B. David, Jr.33591$141,73015%45%
18J. Larry Jones21414$141,51019%43%
19Karl Broberg42676$134,56014%45%
20Edward J. Johnston21354$125,63014%57%
21James E. Hodges28473$121,97014%50%
22Neil L. Pessin16225$110,47013%56%
23Corale A. Richards42526$106,65012%31%
24Chris Richard3101$105,80133%67%
25Steven B. Flint25621$102,21024%36%

(Statistics 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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