American Graded Stakes Standings

Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: A Pan American Pedigree

When Hi Happy won the Grade 2 Pan American at Gulfstream Park on the Florida Derby day card March 31, he became the third individual AGS winner of 2018 to be bred in Argentina. There were only five Argentine-bred AGS winners in all of 2017, led by Vale Dori, whose four AGS wins included the […]

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Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: WinStar Farm Runners On Road To Kentucky Derby

It was a very good week for Kenny Troutt’s WinStar Farm, which sits atop both the list of leading owners and breeders of American Graded Stakes winners. At Fair Grounds in New Orleans, WinStar was represented by a pair of AGS winners bred by the Versailles, Ky., farm and raced in partnership. Noble Indy, by […]

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Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: A Double For Pletcher

Everything is relative when it comes to assessing the success of Todd Pletcher. He set a record for most American Graded Stakes wins by a trainer when he sent out 57 AGS winners in 2006. The following year, Pletcher runners earned $28,116,097, breaking his own single-season earnings record. He won seven Eclipse Awards from 2004 […]

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Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: City Of Light Rising Star From Lane’s End

City of Light’s Grade 1 victory in the seven-furlong Triple Bend at Santa Anita last Saturday gave William S. Farish’s Lane’s End its sixth American Graded Stakes winner of 2018 – double the number of any other consignor thus far this year. The 4-year-old colt by the Lane’s End stallion Quality Road is owned by […]

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Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Maker’s Senior Center

In our first look at 2018 American Graded Stakes winners, one thing jumps off the stats pages: trainer Mike Maker’s ability to keep older horses competitive at the highest levels of competition. Maker won the Grade 3 Canadian Turf Stakes at Gulfstream Park on March 3 with Hogy, a 9-year-old by Offlee Wild who improved […]

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Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Bluegrass State Shines In 2017

Kentucky-breds once again had a banner year in 2017 as they led the way among winners of North American Graded Stakes and Grade 1 winners. Compared with the previous year, the Bluegrass State was far ahead of other locales in producing horses that won at the highest level. For 2017, there were a total of […]

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Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Developing Young Talent

One of final lists compiled each year is one that looks at the top five trainers for the year on the American Graded Stakes Standings, and how well they fared with 2-year-olds – not just how many juvenile graded stakes winners each trainer had, but also where those horses were rated on the Jockey Club’s […]

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Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Leading Broodmare Sires

Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve looked at the leaders of different divisions of the American Graded Stakes Standings of 2017. This week, we’ll look at broodmare sires. The stallions that ranked among the top five broodmare sires of AGS winners are familiar names, although a couple may come as a surprise. As he […]

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Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Scat Daddy Leads The Way

The late Scat Daddy had a tremendous year in 2017, finishing sixth on the general sire list with almost $13 million in earnings. The former Ashford Stud stallion, who died in 2015, had tremendous success with his offspring winning graded stakes – so much so that he finished atop the American Graded Stakes Standings sire […]

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Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Bang For The Buck

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf winner Mendelssohn claimed a unique title in 2017 – he became the highest-priced horse to sell at auction that went on to win a graded stakes race. The son of Scat Daddy was purchased for $3 million at the 2016 Keeneland September sale by M.V. Magnier. Trained by Aiden O’Brien for […]

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