Cox, Sharp Tied For Top Spot in Fair Grounds Trainer Standings

(Trainers Brad Cox, left, and Joe Sharp are tied atop the Trainer Standings at the Fair Grounds / Hodges Photography & Courtesy of the Fair Grounds)

It has been a long meet, per usual, in the “Big Easy.” Goes all the way back to November of 2018.  And, still has two weeks to go before the racing action moves on to other spots in Louisiana, and the “winter horses” return to Kentucky and other northern venues.

But after the duo of Brad Cox and Joe Sharp have saddled a grand total of 380 horses at this year’s meet in New Orleans, they are locked at the top.

Cox has 40 wins. Sharp has 40 wins. And, they have two weeks to settle it.

Let’s just say that this year’s battle has been anything but “Easy.”

For his efforts, Cox has started 180 horses to date. He has a record of 40 wins, 43 seconds, and 19 thirds. His horses — which have won .22% of the time — have earned $1,396,788 in purses.

For his efforts, Sharp has stared 200 horses in New Orleans. He has 40 wins, 31 seconds, and 23 thirds. His horses have earned $1,024,830.

There may have been other races as close as this one in the past, but there has never been one any closer. That’s for sure.

Here’s a closer look at the Top 25 trainers at the Fair Grounds this meet:

1Brad H. Cox180404319$1,396,78822%57%
2Joe Sharp200403123$1,024,83020%47%
3Steven M. Asmussen127272815$958,51021%55%
4Mark E. Casse741789$956,56023%46%
5Thomas M. Amoss10525209$748,61024%51%
6Michael Stidham125211618$738,80517%44%
7Albert M. Stall, Jr.98132612$589,48013%52%
8Ron Faucheux7425715$553,58034%64%
9W. Bret Calhoun119131618$551,74011%39%
10Dallas Stewart7110159$507,10014%48%
11Brendan P. Walsh639145$446,63014%44%
12Chris A. Hartman84171216$436,43220%54%
13Gary M. Scherer5912511$394,00020%47%
14Wayne M. Catalano5211124$393,07521%52%
15Bernard S. Flint381224$316,89032%47%
16Gregory D. Foley678169$312,33012%49%
17Edward J. Johnston41995$301,39022%56%
18William B. Bradley65876$278,86012%32%
19Corale A. Richards8514513$273,66016%38%
20Hugh H. Robertson40749$272,73018%50%
21Karl Broberg83131112$266,76016%43%
22Sam B. David, Jr.708165$263,76011%41%
23Michael J. Maker664812$249,8006%36%
24J. Larry Jones39736$239,84018%41%
25James E. Hodges5671010$216,00013%48%


(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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