(Brad Cox is starting to pull away for the Trainer’s Title at the Fair Grounds)

For awhile, it was close. For a few days, it was a horse race for the human kinds. For a brief period in time, there was some doubt.

Not now.

Brad Cox — who has emerged as one of the top trainers in all of the Midwest and now is stretching his stable and reach to other venues, as well — has emerged with a solid 6-win lead in the race for the Trainer’s Title at the Fair Grounds.

After Sunday’s races were concluded — and with about a month to go before this year’s marathon meet that dates back to last November is over — Cox now has a record of 40 wins, 17 seconds and  16 thirds out of his 129 mounts to date.

If that is not impressive enough, his horses have totaled over $1.255 million in purse earnings, and his win percentage sits at a lofty .31% and his horses have hit the board (finishing first, second or third) on .57% of the time.

The next closest trainer, in terms of wins, is Lexington native Joe Sharp, who checks in with 34 wins, 22 seconds and 22 thirds in 139 mounts to date. His horses have earned over $787,000 in purses to date.

The runner-up trainer, in terms of purses earned so far this meet, is Al Stall, Jr., a perennial force in these parts. He has only 22 wins, 21 seconds and 8 thirds out of 106 starters, but they have totaled $868,626 in purse earnings.

After Sharp’s 34 wins to date, the next closest trainer in terms of winner’s circle pictures is Tom Amoss, who has 29 firsts, 16 seconds and 12 thirds out of 96 mounts.

Here is a closer look at the Top 25 Trainers this meet:

1 Brad H. Cox 129 40 17 16 $1,255,235 31% 57%
2 Albert M. Stall, Jr. 106 22 21 8 $868,626 21% 48%
3 Joe Sharp 139 34 22 22 $787,300 24% 56%
4 Michael Stidham 100 19 12 13 $728,475 19% 44%
5 W. Bret Calhoun 119 20 19 13 $643,925 17% 44%
6 Steven M. Asmussen 114 13 19 14 $624,620 11% 40%
7 Thomas M. Amoss 96 29 16 12 $593,430 30% 59%
8 Mark E. Casse 76 14 12 3 $545,570 18% 38%
9 Ron Faucheux 75 8 20 7 $320,970 11% 47%
10 Karl Broberg 96 13 11 12 $313,397 14% 38%
11 Brendan P. Walsh 47 6 9 9 $304,350 13% 51%
12 Steve Margolis 40 9 6 9 $263,000 23% 60%
13 Michael J. Maker 48 7 7 6 $255,850 15% 42%
14 D. Wayne Lukas 1 1 0 0 $240,000 100% 100%
15 Sam B. David, Jr. 46 10 11 6 $234,640 22% 59%
16 Hugh H. Robertson 49 7 11 4 $218,970 14% 45%
17 Dallas Stewart 41 4 7 7 $211,486 10% 44%
18 Scott Gelner 55 7 9 9 $206,900 13% 45%
19 Danny Pish 51 4 7 8 $204,275 8% 37%
20 Thomas F. Proctor 34 3 11 5 $201,190 9% 56%
21 J. Larry Jones 56 6 6 4 $198,390 11% 29%
22 James E. Hodges 34 7 3 5 $196,156 21% 44%
23 Edward J. Johnston 45 7 4 6 $195,625 16% 38%
24 Bernard S. Flint 48 8 4 4 $194,030 17% 33%
25 Gary M. Scherer 46 6 7 10 $189,770 13% 50%