American Graded Stakes Standings

AMERICAN GRADED STAKES STANDINGS brought to you by Keeneland: MCLAUGHLIN ON TOP

By Ray PaulickWhen Eye of Taurus and Bluegrass Princess swept the Pin Oak Valley View Stakes last week at Keeneland for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin, it vaulted the New York-based native of Kentucky to the lead among trainers of American Graded Stakes winners for 2009. The wins represented the 12th and 13th individual American Graded […]

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AMERICAN GRADED STAKES STANDINGS brought to you by Keeneland: OWNING THE ECLIPSE

  By Ray Paulick Eclipse Award voters seem to have developed multiple personalities over the years when it comes to their annual selection of the outstanding owner of Thoroughbred racehorses in North America. How else can you explain that the award goes to a one-horse stable some years (Dot-Sam Stable, owner of John Henry in […]

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AMERICAN GRADED STAKES STANDINGS brought to you by Keeneland – OVER THE MOON

By Ray PaulickWhat does a former longtime editor of Blood-Horse magazine have to do with one of the leading sires of American Graded Stakes winners of 2009? Plenty, if you ask Josh Pons, who helps run his family’s Country Life Farm in Maryland, where top sire Malibu Moon got his start at stud […]

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AMERICAN GRADED STAKES brought to you by Keeneland – WITH TRAINERS, RICH GETTING RICHER

By Ray Paulick There is not a lot of spreading the wealth when it comes to trainers of American Graded Stakes winners. While there have been 130 individual trainers to win at least one American Graded Stakes in 2009, of the 346 AGS races run so far, 67, or about one-fifth of […]

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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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