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Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Bluegrass State Shines In 2017

Kentucky-breds once again had a banner year in 2017 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 2017, there were a total of […]

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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 Jockey Club’s […]

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Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Leading Broodmare Sires

Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve looked at the leaders of different divisions of the American Graded Stakes Standings of 2017. 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. As he […]

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Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Scat Daddy Leads The Way

The late Scat Daddy had a tremendous year in 2017, finishing sixth on the general sire list with almost $13 million in earnings. The former Ashford Stud stallion, who died in 2015, had tremendous success with his offspring winning graded stakes – so much so that he finished atop the American Graded Stakes Standings sire […]

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Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Bang For The Buck

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf winner Mendelssohn claimed a unique title in 2017 – he became the highest-priced horse to sell at auction that went on to win a graded stakes race. The son of Scat Daddy was purchased for $3 million at the 2016 Keeneland September sale by M.V. Magnier. Trained by Aiden O’Brien for […]

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Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: More Thoughts On The Eclipse Awards

The Eclipse Award ceremony will be held at Gulfstream Park Thursday, Jan. 25. 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: Finalists are Imperial Hint, Mind Your Biscuits and Roy H. The favorite […]

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Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Thoughts On The Eclipse Awards

The finalists for the 2017 Eclipse Awards were announced last week, 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 – Bolt d’Oro, Good Magic, Solomini. Despite finishing […]

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Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Daddy’s Girl

After several near misses during her two seasons of racing, Normandy Farm’s Daddys Lil Darling finally notched her first Grade 1 victory when she held off the late charge of Madam Dancealot to take the American Oaks at Santa Anita last weekend. The 3-year-old filly had a series of runner-up performances in 2018 – most […]

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Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: City Of Light Shines For Sire Quality Road

City of Light made his stakes debut a winning one, going wire-to-wire to capture the G1 Malibu Stakes by two lengths at Santa Anita. The 3-year-old Mike McCarthy trainee, who was unraced as a juvenile, has never finished worse than second in five career starts. City of Light became the eleventh individual graded stakes winner […]

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Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Lewis Bay Adds To Brown’s Banner Year

Lewis Bay showed no signs of rust when she charged to a 1 ¼-length victory in the Grade 3 Rampart Stakes at Gulfstream Park last weekend. The race marked the first start in 13 months for the 4-year-old daughter of Bernardini, whose last start prior to the Rampart was a second-place finish in the G3 […]

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