American Graded Stakes Standings

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 […]

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The Pegasus World Cup is all in on the rematch between Arrogate and California Chrome
Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: More Thoughts On The Eclipse Awards

The Eclipse Award ceremony will be held at Gulfstream Park Sat. Jan 21. In last week’s column, we took a brief look at the finalists in both the 2- and 3-year-old divisions. This week we’ll look at the remaining equine categories. Male Sprinter: No surprises among the three horses nominated – Drefong, Lord Nelson, and […]

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Beholder and Songbird battle to the wire in the Breeders' Cup Distaff
Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Thoughts On The Eclipse Awards

The finalists for the 2016 Eclipse Awards were announced yesterday, and while many of the nominees were expected, there did wind up being a few surprises sprinkled throughout the categories. Let’s take a quick look at a few of the divisions this week. 2-Year-Old Male: Finalists – Classic Empire, Not This Time, and Practical Joke. […]

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Constellation and jockey Flavien Prat, left, outleg Finley'sluckycharm (Brian Hernandez,  Jr.), right, to win the Grade I, $300,000 La Brea Stakes
Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Shining Star

Constellation earned her first graded stakes victory when she rallied from just off the pace to win the Grade 1 La Brea Stakes Dec. 26. It was the second straight stakes win for the 3-year-old daughter of Bellamy Road, who has won both her starts since being transferred to trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. Constellation became the […]

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Clearsky Stables' Abel Tasman and jockey Joseph Talamo win the Grade I $300,000 Starlet at Los Alamitos Race Course
Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Not A Cloud In The (Clear)Sky

Abel Tasman earned her first stakes victory in a big way when she overtook favored American Gal in the stretch to win the Grade 1 Starlet Stakes by a length at Los Alamitos. The 2-year-old daughter of Quality Road improved her record to three wins from four starts, her only loss coming in her debut […]

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Annals of Time and jockey Javier Castellano win the GI  Hollywood Derby
Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Time Passages

Annals of Time got the better of his two more highly-regarded stablemates when he drew off to win the G1 Hollywood Derby by 1 1/2 lengths at Del Mar. The Hollywood Derby marked the first stakes win for the 3-year-old son of Temple City, and it provided his trainer, Chad Brown, with his 29th individual […]

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Trainer Tony Dutrow said downgrade of Wood Memorial may force him to change plans for Remsen Stakes winner Mo Town
Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Chart Topper

Mo Town made his stakes debut a winning one as he cruised to a 2 1/2-length victory in the Grade 2 Remsen Stakes at Aqueduct. Not only was it Mo Town’s first stakes start, the race also marked the colt’s first time going two turns. Neither proved to be a problem as Mo Town took […]

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Cheyenne Stable's Mastery and jockey Mike Smith win the Grade 3 Bob Hope Stakes
Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Masterful Ride

Mastery made his stakes debut a winning one with an impressive wire-to-wire victory in the G3 Bob Hope Stakes at Del Mar Nov. 19. The handsome dark bay colt remains undefeated in two career starts, and will likely make the jump into Grade 1 company next with a start in the CashCall Futurity in December. […]

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Bigger Picture (center) powers to victory in the G3 Red Smith Handicap
Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Seeing The ‘Bigger Picture’

Just three graded stakes races were carded nationwide last weekend, and thus there were few changes in this week’s American Graded Stakes Standings. There were a couple of changes worth noting, however. The Mike Maker trainee, Bigger Picture, notched his first career graded stakes win when he captured the G3 Red Smith Handicap at Aqueduct. […]

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Mike Smith celebrates Arrogate's Classic victory
Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Big Money Mike

To say that jockey Mike Smith had a ‘really good’ Breeders’ Cup weekend might be a bit of an understatement. The Hall of Fame rider won three Breeders’ Cup races and was second in three others. His success garnered him this third Bill Shoemaker Award, which is awarded to the most outstanding jockey of the […]

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