American Graded Stakes Standings

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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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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