Cupid, the streaking gray son of Tapit, caught the eyes of Kentucky Derby observers last weekend with his gate-to-wire victory in the Grade 2 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park. Earlier on the same card, New York-bred Upstart, one of last year's Derby contenders, produced another graded stakes win for his sire, Flatter, in the G3 Razorback Handicap.
Both victories gave a bump to their sires on the American Graded Stakes Standings sire list, resulting in a three-way tie for first with those two and Candy Ride, each having three individual graded stakes winners and four graded stakes victories.
Also shaking up the AGS standings, 5-year-old mare Stonetastic made a successful return to graded company with a convincing win in the G2 Inside Information Stakes at Gulfstream Park, giving a boost to breeders Machmer Hall and Carrie and Craig Brogden. Machmer Hall moved into a tie for first on the breeders list after Stonetastic's victory complemented a pair of wins by champion turf mare Tepin this year. Stonetastic was also the third individual graded winner on the year for consignor Select Sales.
Stonestreet moved up on both the AGS breeders and owners lists last weekend by virtue of the win by Tara's Tango in the G1 Santa Margarita Stakes, her second graded stakes score on the season. She joins a handful of horses with that distinction so far.
So does Call Pat, whose Azeri victory at Oaklawn gave trainer Brad Cox a second individual graded stakes winner and a fourth graded stakes victory on the year (Chocolate Ride has the other two). Bob Baffert climbed the trainer rankings with two additional individual graded victories — Cupid in the Rebel and Fantastic Style in the G3 Las Flores — while Tara's Tango added to Jerry Hollendorfer's totals.
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