American Graded Stakes Standings brought to you by Keeneland: Grade 1 Winners
Let’s take a look at Grade 1 winners in the U.S. this week in several key categories, beginning with trainers.
It’s no surprise that Todd Pletcher, the runaway leader in overall American Graded Stakes wins and winners, is also the leader among the winners of G1 races. So far this year, he’s won 10 of the 70 G1 races run, with eight different horses. Bob Baffert, second by overall AGS winners, is also second in the G1 category, with seven victories by six different horses. Third, with five G1s with five different horses, is John Sadler.
Four different sires have three individual G1 winners so far in 2010: Candy Ride (El Brujo, Misremembered, Sidney’s Candy), Malibu Moon (Devil May Care, Life At Ten, Malibu Prayer), Medaglia d’Oro (Champagne D’Oro, Gabby’s Golden Gal, Warrior’s Reward), and Street Cry (Here Comes Ben, Victor’s Cry, Zenyatta). The four are based in Kentucky. California-based Unusual Heat, with two G1 winners, is next on the list.
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Which owner has had the highest number of individual G1 winners so far in 2010? Arnold Zetcher, with three different G1 winners, leads that list. His three winners, EZ’s Gentleman, El Brujo, and Gabby’s Golden Gal, have one G1 win each. Edward Evans has a higher total of G1 victories, four, but they came from just two horses. Five other owners—E. Paul Robsham Stables, Michael Talla, Ike and Dawn Thrash, WinStar Farm, and Zayat Stables—each have won two G1 races with two different horses.
Among breeders, Evans is the leader with four G1 wins by two different horses (Quality Road and Malibu Prayer). Three others—Darley, Ronald McPeek, and Winstar Farm each have a pair of G1 wins from two horses.