Brad Cox
Trainer Bios

Brad Cox

Born: March 3, 1980 in Louisville, Kentucky

Record at Keeneland

Total Wins: 88

Stakes Wins: 14

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

Starters in the Toyota Blue Grass





Essential Quality


At Keeneland

Leading trainer of 2020 Fall Meet with 15 wins, including the Claiborne Breeders' Futurity (G1) with Essential Quality and JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G2) with Aunt Pearl (IRE). Both stakes winners returned to win Breeders' Cup races in their respective divisions. Essential Quality earned the Eclipse Award as champion 2-year-old male.

Sent out Essential Quality to win the 2021 Toyota Blue Grass (G2) during the Spring Meet when he also won the Coolmore Jenny Wiley (G1) with Juliet Foxtrot (GB) and the Baird Doubledogdare (G3) with Bonny South.

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

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

Won the 2019 Darley Alcibiades (G1) with British Idiom, who next won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) and was named champion 2-year-old filly.

Maintains a training operation for 2-year-olds at Keeneland following the Spring Meet. 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.


Triple Crown wins: 2021 Belmont with Essential Quality.

Received 2020 Eclipse Award as outstanding trainer.

Breeders' Cup wins (6): 2019 Juvenile Fillies with British Idiom and Filly and Mare Sprint with Covfefe; 2020 Distaff with Monomoy Girl, Big Ass Fans Dirt Mile with Knicks Go, TVG Juvenile Presented by Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance with Essential Quality and Juvenile Fillies Turf with Aunt Pearl (IRE).

North American career earnings exceed $90 million with 1,592 wins through June 6, 2021.

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

Click here for his Equibase career record.


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).