Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Shopping For A Kentucky Derby Winner

by | 04.28.2018 | 2:56pm
Kentucky Derby starter My Boy Jack cost just $20,000 as a yearling at the Keeneland September sale

Fifteen of the top 20 horses on the Kentucky Derby leaderboard prior to entry time were purchased at sales of yearlings or 2-year-olds in training. It's an expensive group, their aggregate purchase price totaling $8,837,000, an average of $589,133 and a median of $300,000.

The Keeneland September Yearling Sale led the way, with 13 graduates from the 2016 auction poised to make a Run for the Roses.

Most expensive of the group at $3 million is Mendelssohn, winner of last season's Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf at Del Mar and an 18-length winner of the Group 2 UAE Derby in Dubai. Consigned by Clarkland Farm, the Scat Daddy colt was produced from Leslie's Lady, dam of multiple champion mare Beholder and Into Mischief, winner of the G1 CashCall Futurity in 2007 and now a leading sire at Spendthrift Farm. Coolmore's M.V. Magnier signed the ticket for Mendelssohn, whose price topped the 2016 Keeneland September Yearling Sale.

Next highest price among 2018 Derby starters is Good Magic, the G1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner and Eclipse Award recipient as outstanding 2-year-old male of 2017. Consigned to Keeneland September by Hill 'n' Dale Sales Agency as agent for breeder Stonestreet Thoroughbreds, the son of Curlin was purchased for $1 million by e Five Racing, with bloodstock agent Mike Ryan signing the ticket.

Mendelssohn was the 2016 Keeneland September Yearling Sale's top price at $3 million

Two Derby starters were graduates of Fasig-Tipton's Saratoga Yearling Sale, including two-time G1 winner Bolt d'Oro, a son of Medaglia d'Oro sold by Denali Stud, agent, to Ruis Racing for $630,000. A third starter, G1 Florida Derby winner Audible, is a New York-bred  by Into Mischief who who sold at Fasig-Tipton's New York-bred sale to pinhooker J.J. Crupi. The latter brought him to Fasig-Tipton's Gulfstream Sale of 2-year-olds in training the following March, where he brought $500,000 from WinStar Farm and China Horse Club.

Highest price among the two Derby starters that sold as 2-year-olds was the $1,050,000 paid by Lawrence Best's OXO Equine for G3 Lecomte Stakes winner Instilled Regard at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's March sale. Consigned by Tom McCrocklin, agent, the son of Arch was a $110,000 buy-back at the 2016 Keeneland September Yearling Sale.

Not every horse in the Derby starting gate brought six- or seven-figure prices at auction.

Recent G3 Lexington Stakes winner My Boy Jack was purchased by Don't Tell My Wife Stable for a bargain price of $20,000 at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale from Legacy Bloodstock, agent. The colt failed to exceed his reserve price as a weanling at the Keeneland November sale and was bought back by his breeder, Brereton Jones, for $14,000.  He's earned $645,145 for his connections.

The other bargain price was the $37,000 paid at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale by Dale Romans, agent, for G2 Fountain of Youth winner Promises Fulfilled, a son of Shackleford racing for Robert Baron. Promises Fulfilled was consigned by Select Sales, agent.

Graded Stakes Wins by Sales Company     
RankSale CompanyWins
Graded Stakes Winners by Sale      
1Keeneland Sept.43
2Keeneland Nov.13
3FT May7
4FT Saratoga5
FT October5
FT Florida5
7OBS March4
8FT July3
FT New York3
Kee January3
OBS April3
Graded Stakes Winners by Sale Year     
RankWhen SoldGS Winners
43 and up5
Graded Stakes Winners by Consignor     
Rank ConsignorWinners
1Lane's End8
2Taylor Made6
3Claiborne Farm4
Denali Stud
Woodford Thoroughbreds4
6Crupi's New Castle3
Eaton Sales3
Penn Sales3
Select Sales3
Wavertree Stables3
Graded Stakes Winners by Sire     
RankNameWinners (Wins)
1Tapit 5 (6)
2Uncle Mo4 (4)
3Curlin3 (3)
Street Sense (3)3 (3)
5Awesome Again2 (3)
Blame2 (3)
Candy Ride2 (3)
Creative Cause2 (2)
Ghostzapper2 (2)
Harlan's Holiday2 (2)
Into Mischief2 (2)
Kitten's Joy2 (2)
Macho Uno2 (2)
Malibu Moon2 (3)
Medaglia d'Oro2 (2)
More Than Ready 2 (2)
Quality Road2 (3)
Scat Daddy2 (2)
Sir Prancealot2 (2)
Speightstown2 (2)
Take Charge Indy2 (2)
Graded Stakes Winners by Breeder     
RankBreederWinners (Wins)
1WinStar Farm4 (4)
Stonestreet4 (4)
3Claiborne Farm3 (4)
John Gunther3 (3)
5Adena Springs2 (3)
Calumet Farm2 (2)
Godolphin2 (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 Farm6 (7)
2China Horse Club5 (6)
Head of Plains Prtnrs5 (5)
4Michael Dubb3 (5)
SF Racing3 (4)
Medallion Racing3 (4)
Graded Stakes Winners by Trainer     
RankTrainerWinners (Wins)
1Todd Pletcher
11 (13)
2Chad Brown8 (8)
3Mike Maker5 (5)
4Bob Baffert4 (4)
5Brad Cox3 (4)
Mark Casse3 (3)
Jerry Hollendorfer3 (3)
Kiaran McLaughlin 3 (3)
Peter Miller3 (3)
10John Sadler2 (4)
Graham Motion2 (3)
Phil D'Amato 2 (3)
Tom Albertrani2 (2)
Richard Baltas2 (2)
Brad Cox3 (4)
Mark Hennig2 (2)
D. Wayne Lukas2 (2)
Doug O'Neill2 (2)
Dale Romans2 (2)
Total Graded Stakes Wins by Horse     
Midnight Bisou3
City of Light2
Heart to Heart2
Magnum Moon2
Martini Glass 2
Monomoy Girl2
My Boy Jack2
Something Awesome2
Graded Stakes Wins by Jockey     
1Jose Ortiz10
2Javier Castellano8
3Luis Saez7
Mike Smith7
5Irad Ortiz Jr.6
John Velazquez6
7Tyler Baze5
Joe Bravo5
Florent Geroux5
Flavien Prat5
Kent Desormeaux5
Julien Leparoux5
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