TRC rankings star: Brad Cox

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Brad Cox: four winners at the Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland. Photo: Oaklawn Park/Coady

+10 Brad Cox

Given the unfortunate odour surrounding Bob Baffert’s barn this year, Brad Cox could be on his way to a first Eclipse Award as champion trainer after his four-timer over the Breeders’ Cup weekend.

The Louisville native became only the second trainer ever to saddle four winners at a single Breeders’ Cup, emulating the achievements of Richard Mandella at Santa Anita in 2003.

Cox, 40, had a double on both days, scoring with Aunt Pearl (Juvenile Fillies Turf) and Essential Quality (Juvenile) on Friday’s card before Knicks Go (Dirt Mile) and Monomoy Girl (Distaff) did the same on Saturday.

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Mandella’s four winners came on a single card with Pleasantly Perfect (Classic), Johar (Turf dead-heat), Halfbridled (Juvenile Fillies) and Action This Day (Juvenile).

Cox stands second only to the prolific Steve Asmussen (no Breeders’ Cup winners) on the 2020 prize-money list in the States, and he earns a 10pt bump on the TRC global rankings to solidify his status in the world’s Top Five in fifth position with a points total of 1,037.

Current world #1 remains Chad Brown (no Breeders’ Cup winners) with 1,074 ahead of Charlie Appleby (no Breeders’ Cup runners), John Gosden (no Breeders’ Cup winners) and Aidan O’Brien (one Breeders’ Cup winner).

Other notable climbed this week included German champion trainer Henk Grewe (+9pt, #29 from #44) and jockey Rene Piechulek (+8pt, #176 from #225) who teamed up for G1 success in Munich with Sunny Queen.

Irad Ortiz (+5pt, #5 from #6) and Pierre-Charles Boudot (+5pt, #7 from #8) both had two winners at the Breeders’ Cup and move up a place as a result. Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Jye McNeil gets a 6pt boost (#118 from #142).

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