Cox Takes Lead In Churchill Downs’ “Trainer Standings” for September

(Trainer Brad Cox / Photo Courtesy of the Fair Grounds)

Over the weekend, Brad Cox got a chance to unveil the latest and greatest filly and barn star in Covfefe, who strolled to an easy win in the Dogwood Stakes and stamp her ticket to this year’s Breeders’ Cup Distaff.

Over the weekend, the Louisville native also does what he does best. Train winners at Churchill Downs.

Now, going into this week’s races, Cox is where he normally resides:

At the top of the Churchill Downs’ “Trainer Standings” and Leaderboard.

So far this meet, Cox has saddled 23 holes and has compiled a record of 4-8-4. While the win percentage is not “Cox-like” at .17%, his horses have hit the board an amazing .70% of the time.


So far this meet, Cox’s horses have earned a whopping $404,146 in purses. That’s nearly twice the number of #2 trainer on the board — Dale Romans.

Here’s a look at the current roster of the Top 20 trainers at the “Twin Spires:”

1Brad H. Cox23484$404,14617%70%
2Dale L. Romans11211$220,24918%36%
3Ian R. Wilkes25322$219,37912%28%
4Brian A. Lynch9320$171,74633%56%
5Steven M. Asmussen25222$160,9568%24%
6Kenneth G. McPeek19221$153,96911%26%
7Brendan P. Walsh16212$150,39313%31%
8Paul J. McGee9120$150,21211%33%
9Eddie Kenneally11131$145,5769%45%
10Ben Colebrook11210$137,81318%27%
11Michael J. Maker13220$131,16815%31%
12Stanley M. Hough4211$127,54050%100%
13Albert M. Stall, Jr.8201$121,16925%38%
14George R. Arnold, II7200$120,79229%29%
15Doug F. O’Neill1100$120,280100%100%
16Dallas Stewart15311$109,62220%33%
17Thomas M. Amoss13132$105,1908%46%
18William B. Bradley6111$101,64017%50%
19Norm W. Casse9211$97,12422%44%
20David Fawkes6111$75,89917%50%

(Stats compiled by 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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