Select Sales Agency Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Brown, Ortiz Surge Ahead

by | 04.08.2019 | 10:10am
Irad Ortiz Jr. and Chad Brown

The defending Eclipse Award winners for champion trainer and jockey took big steps in defending those titles in the month of March, vaulting themselves to the top of their respective divisions by North American graded stakes wins.

Chad Brown bagged five graded wins last month to take a firm command of the trainer standings, while Irad Ortiz Jr. broke a three-way tie among the leading jockeys with five graded victories of his own. Three of those wins came in tandem, with Ortiz riding Brown trainees Bricks and Mortar in the Grade 2 Muniz Memorial Handicap, Focus Group in the G2 Pan American Stakes, and Rymska in the G3 Hillsborough Stakes.

All five of Brown's graded wins in March came on the turf, also adding the G3 Herecomesthebride Stakes with Cambier Parc and the G3 Honey Fox Stakes with Precieuse.

After starting the month with two graded stakes winners on the year, Brown finished March with six winners of seven graded stakes, giving him sole possession of the lead after three months. Mike Maker, Todd Pletcher, and Richard Baltas are each tied for third with four graded winners through the first quarter of 2019.

Ortiz entered last month tied with Javier Castellano and Flavien Prat with five wins each, and he doubled that number in March to finish with 10. In addition to the three wins with Brown, he added scores in the G2 Mac Diarmida Stakes aboard Zulu Alpha and the G3 The Very One Stakes on Holy Helena.

Castellano and Prat each added one win in March to finish with six, tied with John Velazquez for the second most graded stakes victories by a jockey on the year.

Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings moved to the top of the breeder standings, with two wins in March, giving the operation of Barbara Banke three overall on the year. Champagne Anyone prevailed in the G2 Gulfstream Park Oaks, while Gladiator King won the G3 Hutcheson Stakes.

In the consignor standings, Taylor Made Sales Agency maintained its lead at the end of March, with seven winners of eight graded races, adding a win by graduate Cutting Humor in the G3 Sunland Park Derby. However, Lane's End closed the deficit behind Taylor Made from three winners to one, with winning graduates including Focus Group in the Pan American, A Thread of Blue in the G3 Palm Beach Stakes, and Concrete Rose in the G3 Florida Oaks.

The biggest mover in the stallion ranks last month was Candy Ride, who jumped into a three-way tie for second by graded winners, with three on the year. He picked up two of those in March when Chocolate Kisses won the G3 Honeybee Stakes and Do Share took the G3 Tom Fool Handicap. Gainesway resident Tapit remains the division's leader, with five graded winners.

Graded Stakes Winners by Consignor     
Rank ConsignorWinners (Wins)
1Taylor Made7 (8)
2Lane's End6 (7)
3Wavertree Stables4 (5)
4Darby Dan Farm3 (3)
Gainesway3 (3)
6Blandford Stud2 (2)
Brookdale Sales2 (2)
Claiborne Farm2 (2)
Elite2 (2)
Kirkwood Stables2 (2)
Niall Brennan Stables2 (2)
Graded Stakes Winners by Breeder     
RankBreederWinners (Wins)
1Stonestreet3 (3)
2Flaxman Holdings2 (3)
Claiborne Farm2 (2)
Godolphin2 (2)
Pin Oak Stud2 (2)
6Calumet Farm1 (2)
Daniel McConnell1 (2)
JSM Equine1 (2)
Mikhail Yanakov1 (2)
Woodford TBs1 (2)
Graded Stakes Winners by Sire     
RankNameWinners (Wins)
1Tapit5 (5)
2Quality Road3 (4)
Candy Ride3 (3)
Street Sense3 (3)
5War Front2 (3)
Blame2 (2)
Elusive Quality2 (2)
Twirling Candy2 (2)
Graded Stakes Winners by Trainer     
RankTrainerWinners (Wins)
1Chad Brown6 (7)
2Mike Maker4 (5)
Todd Pletcher4 (5)
Richard Baltas4 (4)
5Steve Asmussen3 (4)
Jerry Hollendorfer3 (4)
Shug McGaughey3 (3)
Kiaran McLaughlin3 (3)
Bill Mott3 (3)
Graded Stakes Wins by Jockey     
1Irad Ortiz Jr.10
2Javier Castellano6
Flavien Prat6
John Velazquez6
5Tyler Gaffalione4
Jose Ortiz4
Luis Saez4
Mike Smith4
Total Graded Stakes Wins by Horse     
Bricks and Mortar2
Midnight Bisou2
Prince Lucky2
War of Will2
Zulu Alpha2
Graded Stakes Winners by Sale      
1Keeneland Sept.32
2FT MD May5
Keeneland Nov.5
OBS March5
5FT Gulfstream4
OBS April4
7FT Saratoga3
Goffs Orby3
Keeneland Jan.3
OBS June3
Graded Stakes Winners by Sales Company     
RankSale CompanyWinners
8CTHS Manitoba1
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