American Graded Stakes Standings

Vale Dori and jockey Rafael Bejarano win the Grade I, $400,000 Santa Margarita Stakes
Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Finding Dori

Vale Dori earned her fifth straight victory – and fourth straight graded stakes win – when she put away champion Finest City in the stretch and captured the G1 Santa Margarita Stakes by 1 ½ lengths. The Santa Margarita marked the 5-year-old mare’s first North American Grade 1 win and kept her undefeated in three […]

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Stronach Stables' Shaman Ghost and jockey Javier Castellano win the Grade I $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap
Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Ghost ‘Capper

Shaman Ghost reeled in frontrunner Midnight Storm in the stretch to win the G1 Santa Anita Handicap by three-quarters of a length March 11. The win improved Shaman Ghost’s record to seven victories in 15 career starts and pushed his earnings to more than $3.5 million. Shaman Ghost became the third graded stakes winner this […]

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Pretty N Cool and jockey Martin Garcia win the Grade III, $100,000 Las Flores Stakes, Sunday, March 5, 2017 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia CA.© BENOIT PHOTO
Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Pretty (Dar)N Cool

Pretty N Cool showed no signs of rust when she powered away in the stretch to win the Grade 3 Las Flores Stakes at Santa Anita. It was the first race in six months for the 4-year-old Scat Daddy filly, who improved her record to five wins in 11 career starts. Pretty N Cool’s Las […]

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Honorable Duty (left) with jockey Julien Leparoux aboard outduels International Star (center) and Dazzling Gem (right) to win the G3 Mineshaft Handicap at Fair Grounds.
Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Juddmonte Earns High Honors

Honorable Duty scored high marks in his 5-year-old debut when he held off both International Star and Dazzling Gem to win the G3 Mineshaft Stakes by a half-length Feb. 25. The Mineshaft was the first graded stakes victory for the son of Distorted Humor, who now boasts a record of five wins in 11 career […]

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Jockey Mike Smith has a moment with Unique Bella after their victory in the Grade II, $200,000 Santa Ynez Stakes
Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Be Like Mike

Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith had a tremendous 2016, scoring 22 graded stakes wins and earning more than $13 million in purses. Smith has picked up where he left off and has notched graded stakes wins on both coasts in 2017. Less than two months into the new year, Smith has already won eight […]

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Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Bluegrass State Shines In 2016

Kentucky-breds once again had a banner year in 2016 as they led the way among winners of North American Graded Stakes and Grade 1 winners. Compared with the previous year, the Bluegrass State was far ahead of other locales in producing horses that won at the highest level. For 2016, there were a total of […]

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Sweet Loretta (inside) and jockey Javier Castellano and Pretty City Dancer (gray, outside) and jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. dead-heat to win the Spinaway (Gr I)
Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Developing Young Talent

One of final lists compiled each year is one that looks at the top five trainers for the year on the American Graded Stakes Standings, and how well they fared with 2-year-olds – not just how many juvenile graded stakes winners each trainer had, but also where those horses were rated on the Experimental Free […]

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A. P. Indian (Indian Charlie) and jockey Joe Bravo win the Forego (Gr I) at Saratoga. A.P. Indian is out of a mare by A.P. Indy
Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Leading Broodmare Sires

Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve taken a look at the leaders of different divisions of the American Graded Stakes Standings of 2016. This week, we’ll look at broodmare sires. The stallions that ranked among the top five broodmare sires of AGS winners are familiar names, although a couple may come as a surprise. […]

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Sweet Loretta (rail) and Pretty City Dancer finish in a dead heat in the G1 Spinaway
Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Tapit Once More

Gainesway Farm’s Tapit had yet another tremendous year in 2016, topping the general sire list with over $19 million in earnings. The 16-year-old stallion also came out on top on the American Graded Stakes Standings sire list with 14 individual winners that captured a total of 24 graded stakes races. Tapit was the sire of […]

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Haveyougoneaway charges to the lead in the G1 Ballerina Stakes
Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Bang For The Buck

Multiple graded stakes winner Photo Call (Ire) claimed a unique title in 2016 – she became the highest-priced horse to sell at auction that went on to win a graded stakes race. The daughter of Galileo was purchased for $3 million at the 2015 Keeneland November sale and was kept in training by her new […]

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