Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Still Making His Mark

by | 07.25.2013 | 12:55pm
Gary Stevens guides Glen Hill Farm's Wishing Gate to victory in the San Clemente Handicap

The death of stallion Indian Charlie in 2011 from cancer was a major blow to Thoroughbred breeding. The son of In Excess was noted for siring offspring of considerable talent that were successful either sprinting or going long, regardless of the surface.

A perfect example of that diversity occurred last weekend, when two of Indian Charlie's daughters – Wishing Gate and Brazen Persuasion – became first-time graded stakes winners. Those two victories moved the stallion into the top five on the American Graded Stakes Standings leading sire list. Currently, Indian Charlie is tied for fifth with Giant's Causeway and War Front. All three stallions have sired five stakes winners.

Two-year-old Brazen Persuasion was the first to reach the winner's circle, as she dueled to a dead-heat victory with rival Bahnah in the six-furlong, G3 Schuylerville Stakes on Saratoga's opening day. Two days later, on the opposite side of the country, 3-year-old Wishing Gate charged to victory in the eight-furlong, G2 San Clemente Stakes on the turf.

In addition to the previously-named fillies, Indian Charlie has also sired Liaison (G2 Mervyn Leroy), Something Extra (G2 Connaught Cup), and Rumor (G3 Las Flores). Had the G3 Jaipur Stakes not been rained off the turf, Souper Speedy would have been the stallion's sixth graded stakes winner of the season. With the move to the main track, the race was automatically downgraded and was not reinstated by the American Graded Stakes Committee.

Elsewhere, the win by Sisterly Love in the G3 Ontario Matron gave owner Gary Barber his sixth graded stakes winner of the year, which moved him into sole possession of first place on the AGS leading owner list. Barber has also found success this year – either solo or in partnership – with graded stakes winners Laugh Track (G3 Vigil) Comma to the Top (G3 Tom Fool, G3 Los Angeles H.), Delegation (G3 Dominion Day), Jack Milton (G3 Transylvania), and Amira's Prince (G2 Mac Diarmida, G2 Mervin Muniz Memorial).



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