Sharp Closing In on Cox for Trainer’s Title at the Fair Grounds

(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:

1Brad H. Cox145431919$1,331,40530%56%
2Joe Sharp157402424$916,99025%56%
3Albert M. Stall, Jr.11423219$888,58620%46%
4Michael Stidham110191316$752,42517%44%
5W. Bret Calhoun133212213$694,09516%42%
6Steven M. Asmussen130162314$690,40012%41%
7Thomas M. Amoss106291815$610,21027%58%
8Mark E. Casse8016124$585,34020%40%
9Ron Faucheux8513217$404,18015%48%
10Karl Broberg108171113$358,55716%38%
11Brendan P. Walsh5261010$318,19012%50%
12Michael J. Maker55976$307,57016%40%
13Steve Margolis441069$295,66023%57%
14Hugh H. Robertson5610126$282,94018%50%
15Bernard S. Flint561165$276,92020%39%
16Dallas Stewart48677$265,69613%42%
17Sam B. David, Jr.5512126$263,31022%55%
18Neil J. Howard47869$243,62017%49%
19D. Wayne Lukas1100$240,000100%100%
20Edward J. Johnston51847$231,72516%37%
21William B. Bradley39444$214,05010%31%
22Howard Alonzo65836$212,90012%26%
23Scott Gelner627910$211,80011%42%
24Gary M. Scherer536812$207,95011%49%
25J. Larry Jones62664$204,59010%26%

Those two horses (Bravazo and Snapper Sinclair) never came back to me at all. I had the same trip as I did last time. He relaxed behind horses and I looked for that kick but he never gave it to me today. He felt good and healthy but unfortunately today wasn’t the day.”

Javier Castellano, Jockey of Instilled Regard (fourth)
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