"Longshot" Walter Cox was born in Epsom, New Hampshire in 1868, but the family soon moved to Manchester, where he finished his schooling. His love for trotters took him to the half-mile track and before long, he was working as a groom and driving in amateur races. Cox's reputation for training and driving horses spread and the young man soon became famous in New England as "the king of the half-milers." In 1920 Cox trained for Laurel Hall Farm in Indiana and in 1921 joined William Cane's Good Time Stable in Goshen, New York. "Longshot" was a top driver for twenty years before winning the Hambletonian in 1929 with Walter Dear, whose stablemates Volomite, Sir Guy Mac and Miss Woerner won second, third and fourth money in the classic, a feat never equaled by any other trainer. Walter Cox retired from active training in 1938 and died in Goshen on December 15, 1941.
Published in the Harness Racing Museum's 1994 book, The Immortals