Born: March 30, 1980
Record at Oaklawn
Total wins: 179
Stakes wins: 11
• Ranked sixth in the 2019 Oaklawn standings with 20 victories, including the $150,000 Purple Martin Stakes for 3-year-old filly sprinters with Break Even.
• Now entrenched as one of the country’s leading trainers, Cox had already set a career high for purse earnings through November ($16,824,254), which ranked fourth nationally. Ranked third nationally in stakes victories (43) through November. Saddled probable Eclipse Award winners British Idiom (2-year-old filly) and Covfefe (female sprinter) to victories in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) and Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1), respectively, in early November at Santa Anita.
• Ranked fourth nationally in victories in 2019, through Dec. 1, with 219.
• Other 2019 stakes victories included Arklow in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic (G1) at Belmont Park, Mylady Curlin in the Falls City (G2) at Churchill Downs, Beau Recall in the Yellow Ribbon (G2) at Del Mar, Break Even in the Eight Belles (G2) at Churchill Downs and Owendale in the Oklahoma Derby (G3) at Remington Park and Ohio Derby (G3) at Thistledown. Mylady Curlin was a 2019 allowance winner at Oaklawn.
• Monomoy Girl was Cox’s first Eclipse Award winner (3-year-old filly) after crossing the finish line first in all seven 2018 starts, including the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1). Monomoy Girl represented Cox’s first Breeders’ Cup winner and gave the trainer his first G1 victory earlier in the year in the Ashland at Keeneland.
• Set personal Oaklawn bests for starts (108), victories (27) and purse earnings ($1,770,454) in 2018. Both of Cox’s stakes victories came during the final two days of the meeting – $400,000 Fantasy (G3) for 3-year-old fillies with Sassy Sienna and $150,000 Northern Spur for 3-year-olds with High North.
• Cox started his first horse in 2004 and recorded his 1,000th career victory Nov. 18, 2018, at Fair Grounds.
• Cox grew up a few blocks from Churchill Downs and worked under Burk Kessinger, Jimmy Baker and Dallas Stewart before going out on his own in late 2004. Cox has collected training titles at Ellis Park (2015 and 2018), Fair Grounds (2016-2017, 2017-2018 and 2018-2019), Churchill Downs (2017 September-tie and 2017 Fall) and Keeneland (2018 Spring-tie).