American Graded Stakes Standings

AMERICAN GRADED STAKES STANDINGS brought to you Keeneland: PHIPPS AMONG BREEDER LEADERS

By Ray Paulick Anyone who has been with us at the Paulick Report since our June 2008 launch knows that I have been critical of Ogden Mills Phipps as one of the Thoroughbred industry’s leaders, or to borrow a phrase from the late John Gaines, a “self-appointed guardian of the Turf.” One […]

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AMERICAN GRADED STAKES STANDINGS brought to you by Keeneland: SLEUTHING THE SALES

By Ray Paulick Keeneland’s September yearling sale is the largest auction of its kind in the world, serving as a marketplace for all levels of participants in the Thoroughbred industry, from the rich and famous who fly into Lexington in their private jets for the early select sessions to the blue-collar horsemen who pull […]

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AMERICAN GRADED STAKES STANDING brought to you by Keeneland: LANE’S END WHISTLING DIXIE

By Ray Paulick It’s not the least bit surprising to see horses like Giant’s Causeway, A.P. Indy and Unbridled’s Song among the leading sires of American Graded Stakes winners, a weekly feature brought to you by Keeneland. After all, Giant’s Causeway leads all American-based sires by progeny earnings in 2009, A.P. Indy is fifth […]

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AMERICAN GRADED STAKES STANDINGS brought to you by Keeneland – COULD TRANSPARENCY INCREASE CREDIBILITY?

By Ray Paulick One of the things I’ve learned during my current visit to South Africa for the Cape Breeders Club international conference in the wine and Thoroughbred breeding region near Cape Town is that the American graded stakes program enjoys widespread recognition in this part of the world as an effective evaluation […]

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AMERICAN GRADED STAKES STANDINGS brought to you by Keeneland: A YEAR TAYLOR MADE FOR SUCCESS

By Ray Paulick Of the 233 horses that have won an American Graded Stakes (AGS) race this year, 122 of them (52.4%) have sold at public auction in North America or abroad, either as foals or weanlings, yearlings or at 2-year-olds in training or sales of older horses. Yearling sales dominate the […]

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AMERICAN GRADED STAKES STANDINGS brought to you by Keeneland – A KASE FOR KIARAN

By Ray Paulick The leading trainer of American Graded Stakes winners through Aug. 9 is not last year’s Eclipse Award winner Steve Asmussen, the runaway leader in the earnings category that is typically used to rank trainers (Asmussen-trained horses have earned $13.7 million so far this year, $5.7 million more than his closest pursuer). Neither […]

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AMERICAN GRADED STAKES STANDINGS brought to you by Keeneland – BREEDING CONCERN FOR ECLIPSE AWARDS

By Ray Paulick I make no apologies for my dissent with Eclipse Award voting results in the outstanding breeder category on at least three different occasions in the years since the vote was taken away from a six-member committee and given to the larger group of voters that determine the other Eclipse Award […]

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AMERICAN GRADED STAKES STANDINGS brought to you by Keeneland

  By Ray Pauick Every sport, whether it’s baseball, basketball, football, golf, hockey or tennis, keeps track of its major league records. Baseball doesn’t mix statistics of Triple A players with those in the American or National League, just as the NFL doesn’t compare its players’ individual performances and records with those in Arena Football. […]

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AMERICAN GRADED STAKES brought to you by Keeneland – RACHEL’S DOMINATION

By Ray Paulick How good is Rachel Alexandra? There are several ways to marvel at her extraordinary ability. To the naked eye, she is an impressive combination of grace and power that is seldom seem, her long, smooth strides simply too much for her overmatched competitors to keep up with. To followers of […]

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