Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: An Oklahoma Gold Rush

by | 06.01.2018 | 11:38am
Arlington Classic winner Ezmosh returns in the American Derby for trainer Brad Cox

Oklahoma breeders have produced a Horse of the Year in Lady's Secret, a Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Mile winner in Kip Deville, a handful of millionaires (including Clever Trevor, Mr. Ross, She's All In and Shotgun Kowboy), and last year's G1 Spinaway Stakes winner at Saratoga, Lady Ivanka.

But last week may have been a first for the Sooner State when Oklahoma-breds won two American Graded Stakes races on the same weekend – neither of which was run at the state's premier track, Remington Park (its current live meet is exclusively for Quarter Horses).

The aforementioned Shotgun Kowboy, a 6-year-old Oklahoma-bred gelding by Kodiak Kowboy, ran his career record to 12 wins from 29 starts with a victory on May 27 in the G3 Lone Star Park Handicap for breeder/owner/trainer C.R. Trout. Shotgun Kowboy previously won the G3 Oklahoma Derby in 2015.

The second Oklahoma-bred AGS winner last weekend was Ezmosh, who captured the G3 Arlington Classic at Arlington Park for trainer Brad Cox and owners Madaket Stables, Ten Strike Stables and Zayat Stables on May 26. The Arlington Classic was the third career win and first stakes victory for the 3-year-old colt by Tizway. Scott Pierce and Lanae Pierce bred Ezmosh in Oklahoma and the colt was purchased by Sobhy Sonbol for $40,000 at the 2015 Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale.

Oklahoma ranked eighth in Thoroughbred foal production in 2016, according to The Jockey Club Fact Book, with 565 foals born in the state. That's a decline of nearly one-third from 10 years earlier.

Lady Ivanka was the lone Oklahoma-bred AGS winner in 2017. There were none in 2016, Shotgun Kowboy was the lone AGS winner in 2015, and there were none in 2013 or '14.

Of the 182 American Graded Stakes run in the U.S. this year (including five Canadian graded races), 130 were won by Kentucky-breds. Ontario-breds have won five, with four each won by New York's- and Pennsylvania-breds, three by Florida-breds, two by California-breds and one each by Illinois- and New Jersey-breds. The remainder were bred overseas.

Graded Stakes Wins by Sales Company     
RankSale CompanyWins
Graded Stakes Winners by Sale      
1Keeneland Sept.54
2Keeneland Nov.17
3OBS March11
4FT May7
5FT Florida6
FT October6
7FT Saratoga5
8Kee January4
OBS April4
10FT July3
FT New York3
Graded Stakes Winners by Sale Year     
RankWhen SoldGS Winners
43 and up8
Graded Stakes Winners by Consignor     
Rank ConsignorWinners
1Lane's End9
2Taylor Made8
3Denali Stud6
4Eaton Sales5
Wavertree Stables5
7Claiborne Farm4
Select Sales4
9Brookdale Sales3
Crupi's New Castle3
Four Star Sales3
Glennwood Farm3
Legacy Bloodstock3
Penn Sales3
Graded Stakes Winners by Sire     
RankNameWinners (Wins)
1Tapit 5 (6)
Uncle Mo5 (6)
Curlin5 (5)
4Blame4 (7)
Into Mischief4 (5)
Distorted Humor 4 (4)
Quality Road4 (5)
Street Sense4 (4)
9Ghostzapper3 (4)
Lookin At Lucky 3 (5)
Macho Uno3 (3)
Scat Daddy3 (5)
Speightstown3 (3)
Street Sense3 (3)
Tizway3 (3)
Graded Stakes Winners by Breeder     
RankBreederWinners (Wins)
1WinStar Farm5 (5)
2John Gunther4 (6)
Stonestreet4 (4)
4Claiborne Farm3 (5)
Spendthrift Farm3 (4)
6Adena Springs2 (4)
Calumet Farm2 (2)
Sarah Farish2 (2)
Charles Fipke2 (2)
Godolphin2 (2)
Haymarket Farm2 (2)
KatieRich Farms2 (2)
John Liviakis2 (2)
Ramona Bass2 (3)
SNC Regnier & San Gabriel Inv2 (2)
T/C Stable2 (2)
Graded Stakes Winners by Owner     
RankOwner(s)Winners (Wins)
1WinStar Farm7 (10)
2China Horse Club6 (10)
Head of Plains Prtnrs6 (8)
4Madaket Stables5 (5)
5Medallion Racing4 (5)
Gary Barber4 (5)
Michael Dubb4 (7)
Bethlehem Stable4 (7)
9Kenneth & Sarah Ramsey3 (3)
SF Racing3 (4)
Graded Stakes Winners by Trainer     
RankTrainerWinners (Wins)
1Chad Brown13 (13)
2Todd Pletcher
11 (15)
3Bob Baffert6 (8)
Mark Casse6 (6)
5Mike Maker5 (5)
Brad Cox5 (7)
7Steve Asmussen4 (4)
Peter Miller4 (5)
Wesley Ward4 (4)
10Richard Baltas3 (3)
Simon Callaghan3 (3)
Phil D'Amato3 (5)
Jerry Hollendorfer3 (4)
Kiaran McLaughlin 3 (3)
H. Graham Motion3 (5)
Total Graded Stakes Wins by Horse     
Midnight Bisou3
Belvoir Bay2
Blended Citizen2
City of Light2
Heart to Heart2
Hi Happy2
Magnum Moon2
Martini Glass 2
Monomoy Girl2
My Boy Jack2
Something Awesome2
Ultra Brat2
Graded Stakes Wins by Jockey     
1Jose Ortiz15
2Irad Ortiz Jr.9
Flavien Prat9
Mike Smith9
John Velazquez9
6Javier Castellano8
Luis Saez8
8Julien Leparoux7
9Tyler Baze6
Joe Bravo6
Kent Desormeaux6
Victor Espinoza6
Florent Geroux6
Ricardo Santana Jr.6
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