(Brad Cox and Joe Sharp in a race to the wire to capture the Fair Grounds’ Trainer’s Title)

So, the battle has been engaged. Brad Cox, the young trainer from Louisville, and Joe Sharp, the younger trainer from Lexington, have zeroed in on the current Trainer’s Title at this mammoth meet at the Fair Grounds. And, it will come down to the two of them. One or the another.

With just 13 race days left before the meet concludes on March 31, Cox holds a slim, 3-win margin over Sharp. But the way these two have been entering horses with frequent familiarity, and with the way that their respective horses have been running with frequent speed and guile, it is not a stretch to see either one of these guys come away with the honors at meet’s end.

At the conclusion of racing on Sunday, Cox had a record of 43 wins, 19 seconds and 19 thirds in 145 mounts this meet. His horses have earned over $1.331 million in purses, and his win percentage was .30. Cox’s horses had hit the board on .56% of the time.

Sharp, on the other hand, had 40 wins, 24 seconds and 24 thirds in 157 races. His horses had earned a total of $916,990 in purses, and his win percentage was .25%. He, like Cox, had horses hit the board at .56% of the time.

The next closest trainer in terms of wins is Tom Amoss, who has 29 to date.

Here is a closer look at the Top 25 Trainers:

1 Brad H. Cox 145 43 19 19 $1,331,405 30% 56%
2 Joe Sharp 157 40 24 24 $916,990 25% 56%
3 Albert M. Stall, Jr. 114 23 21 9 $888,586 20% 46%
4 Michael Stidham 110 19 13 16 $752,425 17% 44%
5 W. Bret Calhoun 133 21 22 13 $694,095 16% 42%
6 Steven M. Asmussen 130 16 23 14 $690,400 12% 41%
7 Thomas M. Amoss 106 29 18 15 $610,210 27% 58%
8 Mark E. Casse 80 16 12 4 $585,340 20% 40%
9 Ron Faucheux 85 13 21 7 $404,180 15% 48%
10 Karl Broberg 108 17 11 13 $358,557 16% 38%
11 Brendan P. Walsh 52 6 10 10 $318,190 12% 50%
12 Michael J. Maker 55 9 7 6 $307,570 16% 40%
13 Steve Margolis 44 10 6 9 $295,660 23% 57%
14 Hugh H. Robertson 56 10 12 6 $282,940 18% 50%
15 Bernard S. Flint 56 11 6 5 $276,920 20% 39%
16 Dallas Stewart 48 6 7 7 $265,696 13% 42%
17 Sam B. David, Jr. 55 12 12 6 $263,310 22% 55%
18 Neil J. Howard 47 8 6 9 $243,620 17% 49%
19 D. Wayne Lukas 1 1 0 0 $240,000 100% 100%
20 Edward J. Johnston 51 8 4 7 $231,725 16% 37%
21 William B. Bradley 39 4 4 4 $214,050 10% 31%
22 Howard Alonzo 65 8 3 6 $212,900 12% 26%
23 Scott Gelner 62 7 9 10 $211,800 11% 42%
24 Gary M. Scherer 53 6 8 12 $207,950 11% 49%
25 J. Larry Jones 62 6 6 4 $204,590 10% 26%