(Trainer Brad Cox leads the current “Trainer Standings” at Churchill Downs / Photos by Holly M. Smith)

For most of his life, Brad Cox has owned Louisville.

His home town.

His home base.

His home run, so to speak.

It’s where he grew up. It’s where he went to school. It’s where he fell in love with Thoroughbred racing, and was hellbent on making a life along the backside of Churchill Downs.

And, now as a professional horse trainer, he is doing the same thing. All over again.

At Churchill Downs.

It’s his home town.

It’s his home base.

And, it’s home run.

After Sunday’s races were done, Cox had sprinted to an early lead in the “Trainer Standings” for the current Spring/Summer Meet at Churchill Downs. After 39 starts, Cox and his team have already accumulated 8 wins, 4 seconds and 3 thirds. They have won .21% of their races.

That gives Team Cox a 3-win margin over a host of other trainers — Steve Asmussen, Brendan Walsh, Bill Mott, and H. Graham Motion.

Another win farther back are the likes of Mike Maker, Chad Brown, and Wesley Ward.

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

1 Steven M. Asmussen 43 5 4 5 $334,417 12% 33%
2 Brad H. Cox 39 8 4 3 $330,513 21% 38%
3 Brendan P. Walsh 24 5 3 2 $269,421 21% 42%
4 William I. Mott 24 5 1 4 $266,984 21% 42%
5 Michael J. Maker 26 4 5 5 $259,534 15% 54%
6 Chad C. Brown 14 4 3 1 $258,504 29% 57%
7 H. Graham Motion 16 5 1 0 $247,978 31% 38%
8 Wesley A. Ward 18 4 5 3 $188,417 22% 67%
9 Mark E. Casse 23 1 4 2 $137,812 4% 30%
10 Joe Sharp 14 3 3 4 $136,435 21% 71%
11 Cherie DeVaux 7 3 0 1 $131,509 43% 57%
12 Jack Sisterson 8 2 2 0 $117,548 25% 50%
13 Ian R. Wilkes 21 1 2 0 $104,665 5% 14%
14 Ben Colebrook 13 2 1 2 $98,611 15% 38%
15 Thomas M. Amoss 19 3 1 1 $98,319 16% 26%
16 Albert M. Stall, Jr. 14 1 3 1 $93,059 7% 36%
17 W. Bret Calhoun 12 1 1 1 $87,196 8% 25%
18 Wayne M. Catalano 12 2 1 1 $83,290 17% 33%
19 Michael Stidham 13 0 4 3 $82,792 0% 54%
20 Chris A. Hartman 17 3 1 1 $77,202 18% 29%
21 Dallas Stewart 14 1 2 1 $76,371 7% 29%
22 J. Keith Desormeaux 7 2 1 1 $73,273 29% 57%
23 Michelle Lovell 6 1 1 2 $70,281 17% 67%
24 Eddie Kenneally 17 1 1 0 $69,762 6% 12%
25 Thomas Drury, Jr. 9 2 0 1 $69,678 22% 33%