Born: March 3, 1980
Record at Oaklawn
Total Wins: 159 | Stakes Wins: 10
- High-percentage trainer Brad Cox enjoyed another successful Oaklawn meeting in 2018, setting personal meet bests for starts (108), victories (27) and purse earnings ($1,770,454). 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 for owner John Ed Anthony of Hot Springs.
- Monomoy Girl will be 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) Nov. 3 at Churchill Downs. Monomoy Girl represented Cox’s first Breeders’ Cup winner and gave the trainer his first G1 victory in the Ashland April 7 at Keeneland. The Cox-trained Golden Mischief, an allowance winner at the 2018 Oaklawn meeting, finished fifth in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) Nov. 3 at Churchill Downs.
- Other 2018 stakes victories included wins by Oaklawn winners Leofric in the Clark Handicap (G1), Tiger Moth in the Houston Ladies Classic (G3) at Sam Houston, Mr. Misunderstood in the Wise Dan (G2) and River City Handicap (G3) at Churchill Downs and Long On Value in the Highlander (G1) at Woodbine.
- Continues to smash previous yearly personal bests, ranking fourth nationally in 2018 in victories (218) and fifth in purse earnings ($13,752,727) through Nov. 16. Strike rate was 27 percent. Had matched his 2017 total for stakes victories – a career-high 32 – by mid-October. Purse earnings and victories have improved each year since 2013, with the former swelling to $8,833,028 in 2017 to rank ninth nationally. Cox’s 204 victories ranked eighth nationally last year. Cox started his first horse in 2004 and recorded his 999th career victory after Mr. Misunderstood captured the $100,000 River City Handicap (G3) Nov. 17 at Churchill Downs.
- Cox, who 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 and 2017-2018), Churchill Downs (2017 September-tie and 2017 Fall) and Keeneland (2018 Spring-tie).