Brad Cox, trainer at Keeneland
Trainer Bios

Brad Cox

Born: March 3, 1980 in Louisville, KY

Record at Keeneland

Total Wins: 43

Stakes Wins: 3

Career Firsts

First Grade 1 Win: 2018 Central Bank Ashland at Keeneland with Monomoy Girl

First Stakes Win: 2005 Prairie Meadows Oaks with Tappin for Gold

First Graded Stakes Win: 2014 Prairie Meadows Cornhusker (G3) with Carve

First Career Win: Dec. 4, 2004 at Turfway Park with One Lucky Storm

At Keeneland


Won the Thoroughbred Club of America (G2) with Golden Mischief and the Hagyard Fayette (G2) with Leofric during the 2018 Fall Meet. 

Co-leading trainer of the 2018 Spring Meet with 13 wins to equal Wesley Ward.

Scored first Grade 1 win of career when Monomoy Girl won the 2018 Central Bank Ashland during the Spring Meet. Monomoy Girl next won the Kentucky Oaks (G1), Acorn (G1), Coaching Club American Oaks (G1) and Breeders' Cup Distaff (G1).

Maintains a training operation for 2-year-olds at Keeneland following the Spring Meet and through the summer. Monomoy Girl turned in the first three timed works of her career here in June 2017.

Earned his first Keeneland win during the 2005 Fall Meet.

Career


Recorded 1,000th North American career win Nov, 18, 2018, at Fair Grounds when Play On won the fifth race.

North American career earnings exceed $40 million with 1,013 wins through Dec. 3, 2018.

Career-best year in 2017 with 204 wins and earnings of $8,833,028. Won graded stakes with Arklow, Benner Island, Cowboy Culture, Green Mask, Mr. Misunderstood and Tiger Moth.

Background


Brad grew up in Louisville near Churchill Downs. He used to go to the track with his father and once told him: “I want to be the next D. Wayne Lukas,” Jennie Rees reported in the Louisville Courier-Journal. “I’d see a Racing Form someone threw in the trash, I’d take it home, reading it front to back – the articles, stats, horses, pedigrees, trying to figure out what could go long, go short, grass, dirt. I’d save them all. Never threw out a Form.” 

Brad became involved in racing while working for trainers Burt Kessinger and Jimmy Baker before landing a job as assistant to trainer Dallas Stewart. His five-year stint there introduced him to the successful training program of Racing Hall of Famer D. Wayne Lukas that has been passed down through former assistants such as Todd Pletcher, Kiaran McLaughlin and Stewart.

After scoring his first win in December 2004 (with his second starter), Brad launched his training career in 2005 at the age of 25. His barn enjoyed a breakout year in 2014, accumulating 75 wins in 295 starts and earning $2,394,571. He recorded first graded stakes win that year with Carve in the Prairie Meadows Cornhusker (G3).