Cox would finish third in the 2020 trainer standings at Oaklawn and second nationally in both wins and earnings. Among his local highlights were winning the $500,000 Razorback Handicap (G3) with Warrior's Charge and the $300,000 Honeybee Stakes (G3) with Shedaresthedevil, who would go on to give her trainer his second victory in the Kentucky Oaks (G1).
The barn has become a Breeders’ Cup powerhouse in recent years, celebrating four wins during the Breeders’ Cup in 2020. Stable star Monomoy Girl impressed in the Distaff (G1), Knicks Go in the Dirt Mile (G1), Essential Quality in the Juvenile (G1), and Aunt Pearl in the Juvenile Filly Turf (G1).
The Oaks and Breeders’ Cup wins helped propel Cox to his first Eclipse Award as outstanding trainer in 2020.
2019 was highlighted by victories in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) with Covfefe and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) with British Idiom. The fillies earned Eclipse Awards as Champion 3-year-old Filly and Champion 2-year-old Filly, respectively.
2018 Kentucky Oaks (G1) winner Monomoy Girl won the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) to give him his first Breeders’ Cup victory and became his first champion.
Cox grew up a few blocks from Churchill Downs and earned an advanced degree in racing education under the famed Twin Spires. He broke into the game working for Burk Kessinger and Jimmy Baker before landing a job as assistant to trainer Dallas Stewart. Cox spent about four years under Stewart, which indoctrinated him to the revolutionary training program pioneered by D. Wayne Lukas and passed down through former assistants such as Todd Pletcher, Kiaran McLaughlin, and Stewart. Cox calls Lukas his childhood hero, and like the Hall of Fame trainer, runs his horses in white bridles.
Once setting out on his own in late 2004, Cox needed to be sharp to get established with a small stable. He identified Oaklawn in 2009 as a place to build momentum and get rolling with horses he picked out through claiming races. Cox later had to twice rebuild his stable after splitting with Chicago-based powerhouse Midwest Thoroughbreds, Inc.
He now has more than 150 horses in training and races extensively in Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, and New York. Cox has collected training titles at Ellis Park, Fair Grounds, Churchill Downs, and Keeneland.
Cox’s son Blake is one of his main assistants. Other assistants are Jorge Abrego, Ricky Gianni, and Tessa Bisha.
Despite growing up in Louisville, he is an avid University of Kentucky fan.