Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Finding Dori

by | 03.24.2017 | 10:49am
Vale Dori and jockey Rafael Bejarano win the Grade I, $400,000 Santa Margarita Stakes

Vale Dori earned her fifth straight victory – and fourth straight graded stakes win – when she put away champion Finest City in the stretch and captured the G1 Santa Margarita Stakes by 1 ½ lengths.

The Santa Margarita marked the 5-year-old mare's first North American Grade 1 win and kept her undefeated in three starts this year. Vale Dori's three 2017 victories – all in graded stakes – moved her into a tie with Unique Bella at the top of the American Graded Stakes Standings list of leading horses.

Vale Dori was bred in Argentina and began her racing career in her home country. In 2015, she earned her first Group 1 win when she took the Grand Premio Jorge de Atucha by three lengths. She raced twice in Dubai in 2016 for trainer Mike de Kock and owner Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al Maktoum, finishing second in the G3 UAE Oaks and a close fourth in the G2 UAE Derby.

Vale Dori was then transferred to trainer Bob Baffert in California and since arriving in his barn, she has notched six wins, a second and a third in eight starts.

Not only has Vale Dori moved into a tie atop the AGS list of leading horses, she also has moved owner Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al Maktoum into a tie for fifth on the AGS owners list. Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa is tied with Don Alberto Stables.

Vale Dori's owner, a cousin to Sheikh Mohammed al Maktoum of Godolphin/Darley fame, has not had very many runners in North America. He does, however, campaign Mubtaahij, who won the 2015 UAE Derby prior to running in both the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes. After a second-place finish to California Chrome in the 2016 Dubai World Cup, Mubtaahij was transferred to trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. He finished third in the G2 Suburban and second in the G1 Woodward last fall. He is scheduled to run in Saturday's Dubai World Cup.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa also campaigned Asiatic Boy, the sire of Vale Dori. Asiatic Boy, a son of Not for Sale, was also trained by Mike de Kock through his early career. While in Dubai, Asiatic Boy won the G3 UAE 2000 Guineas and G2 UAE Derby prior to finishing a close second in the Dubai World Cup. Transferred to North America and trainer McLaughlin, Asiatic Boy finished second in both the G2 Suburban and G1 Stephen Foster Handicap.


Graded Stakes Wins by Sales Company     
1Keeneland25 (27)
2OBS 9 (12)
3Fasig-Tipton9 (10)
4Arqana2 (2)
Graded Stakes Winners by Sale      
1Keeneland Sept.21
2Keeneland Nov.6
3OBS March4
4Fasig-Tipton Aug.3
Fasig-Tipton Oct. 3
OBS August3
Graded Stakes Winners by Sale Year     
Graded Stakes Winners by Consignor     
Rank 3 (4)NameWinners
1Denali Stud5
2Betz T'breds.3
Paramount Sales3
4Brandywine Farm2
Eisaman Equine2
Lane's End2
Eddie Woods2
Graded Stakes Winners by Sire     
1Tapit4 (6)
2Curlin3 (4)
3Candy Ride (Arg)3 (3)
Ghostzapper3 (3)
Unbridled's Song3 (3)
Graded Stakes Winners by Breeder     
1Betz Thoroughbreds3 (3)
2Juddmonte Farms2 (3)
3Brandywine Farm2 (2)
Ken & Sarah Ramsey2 (2)
Shadwell2 (2)
Graded Stakes Winners by Owner     
1Juddmonte Farms2 (3)
2Jerry & Ann Moss2 (2)
Sheep Pond Partners2 (2)
Watson, Pegram & Weitman2 (2)
5Don Alberto Stable1 (3)
Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al Maktoum1 (3)
Graded Stakes Winners by Trainer     
RankName Winners/Ws
1Todd Pletcher8 (8)
2Bob Baffert5 (7)
3Chad Brown5 (5)
4Mike Maker4 (4)
5Jerry Hollendorfer2 (4)
Total Graded Stakes Wins by Horse     
1Unique Bella3
Vale Dori (Arg)3
3Curlin's Approval2
El Areeb2
Suffused (GB)2
Graded Stakes Wins by Jockey     
1Mike Smith10
2Javier Castellano8
3Jose Ortiz7
4Julien Leparoux5
5Flavien Prat4
Joel Rosario4
Luis Saez4
John Velazquez4
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