A full field of 20 is expected to run for roses and the man to watch is Brad Cox.The trainer is the betting favorite to win Kentucky Derby 147 and the sentimental favorite. Cox is trying to become the first Louisville-born conditioner to wear roses.Cox fits right in on the Backside at Churchill Downs. And he should. He almost literally grew up in the shadows of the Twin Spires at a house just a couple blocks away.Fast forward 27 years and Cox is living the dream.He’s got three horses in play to run for roses, including Bluegrass Stakes winner Essential Quality — unbeaten in five career starts, four of them graded stakes.Essential Quality is the Kentucky Derby favorite.Brad also has Mandaloun, which won the grade 2 Risen Star Stakes in New Orleans. And he has Caddo River, which won placed second in the Arkansas Derby.Cox is a virtual overnight success story. He didn’t hit the national radar until his Monomoy Girl won the 2018 Kentucky Oaks. Three years later, he’s likely the hottest new trainer in the country with a national stable.Check out the video above to hear more from Cox.Don’t forget you can get the latest updates from WLKY on Derby 147 here.

A full field of 20 is expected to run for roses and the man to watch is Brad Cox.

The trainer is the betting favorite to win Kentucky Derby 147 and the sentimental favorite. Cox is trying to become the first Louisville-born conditioner to wear roses.

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Cox fits right in on the Backside at Churchill Downs. And he should. He almost literally grew up in the shadows of the Twin Spires at a house just a couple blocks away.

Fast forward 27 years and Cox is living the dream.

He’s got three horses in play to run for roses, including Bluegrass Stakes winner Essential Quality — unbeaten in five career starts, four of them graded stakes.

Essential Quality is the Kentucky Derby favorite.

Brad also has Mandaloun, which won the grade 2 Risen Star Stakes in New Orleans. And he has Caddo River, which won placed second in the Arkansas Derby.

Cox is a virtual overnight success story. He didn’t hit the national radar until his Monomoy Girl won the 2018 Kentucky Oaks. Three years later, he’s likely the hottest new trainer in the country with a national stable.

Check out the video above to hear more from Cox.

Don’t forget you can get the latest updates from WLKY on Derby 147 here.

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