Select Sales Agency Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Castellano’s Big Keeneland Meet Takes Him To The Top

by | 05.01.2019 | 3:14pm
Javier Castellano

It never hurts to get hot in April.

Going strong in the fourth month on the calendar means gaining momentum going into Triple Crown season and winning some of the most notable races of the year. Chances are, it also means doing well at Keeneland's prestigious spring meet.

For jockey Javier Castellano, it meant all of the above. Castellano vaulted to the top of the jockey standings by North American graded stakes wins this year, with five graded scores in April, all of them over the course of a weekend at Keeneland, to bring him to a total of 11.

The one with the most immediate impact was Vekoma's victory in the Grade 2 Blue Grass Stakes, which punched the colt's ticket to this weekend's Kentucky Derby. Castellano notched Grade 1 wins in the Maker's 46 Mile aboard Delta Prince, the Jenny Wiley Stakes on Rushing Fall, and the Madison Stakes aboard Spiced Perfection, and he earned a Grade 3 win in the Transylvania Stakes on Avie's Flatter.

Castellano trailed previous leader Irad Ortiz Jr., at the end of March by a 10-6 margin. While Ortiz didn't pick up any graded wins in April, his win total was enough to keep him in second place at the end of four months.

There wasn't as much movement at the top of the other lists, but that doesn't mean there weren't some strong performances just below the surface.

Hill 'n' Dale Farms resident Curlin rocketed up the sire list with a trio of graded victories by his runners in April. The four total graded winners in his column put Curlin in a three-way tie for second place with Quality Road and Candy Ride for second place, all one winner behind leader Tapit.

All three of Curlin's new graded winners last month came in Grade 3 competition, with Lady Apple winning the Fantasy Stakes at Oaklawn Park, Electric Forest taking the Doubledogdare at Keeneland, and Campaign winning the Tokyo City Cup at Santa Anita.

John Sadler jumped up into a tie for third on the trainer list with Steve Asmussen by graded winners in April, with his three winners last month bringing his total to five. In addition to Campaign's Tokyo City Cup triumph, Sadler conditioned G1 Santa Anita Handicap winner Gift Box and G2 Kona Gold Stakes winner Gift Box.

Sadler and Asmussen trail leader Chad Brown with eight winners and Todd Pletcher with six.

Graded Stakes Winners by Consignor     
Rank ConsignorWinners (Wins)
1Taylor Made10 (11)
2Lane's End8 (9)
3Wavertree Stables4 (6)
Gainesway4 (4)
5Claiborne Farm3 (3)
Darby Dan Farm3 (3)
Eaton Sales2 (3)
Stone Farm2 (3)
Graded Stakes Winners by Breeder     
RankBreederWinners (Wins)
1Stonestreet5 (5)
2Flaxman Holdings2 (3)
Adena Springs2 (2)
Claiborne Farm2 (2)
Gary & Mary West2 (2)
Godolphin2 (2)
Pin Oak Stud2 (2)
Ramona Bass2 (2)
9JSM Equine1 (3)
Mikhail Yanakov1 (3)
Woodford TBs1 (3)
Graded Stakes Winners by Sire     
RankNameWinners (Wins)
1Tapit5 (6)
2Quality Road4 (6)
Candy Ride4 (4)
Curlin4 (4)
5War Front3 (5)
Street Sense3 (3)
Twirling Candy3 (3)
8Street Cry2 (3)
Graded Stakes Winners by Trainer     
RankTrainerWinners (Wins)
1Chad Brown8 (9)
2Todd Pletcher6 (7)
3Steve Asmussen5 (7)
John Sadler5 (5)
5Jerry Hollendorfer4 (6)
Mike Maker4 (6)
Richard Baltas4 (4)
8Bill Mott3 (4)
Graded Stakes Wins by Jockey     
1Javier Castellano11
2Irad Ortiz, Jr.10
3Jose Ortiz8
Flavien Prat8
Mike Smith8
John Velazquez8
7Tyler Gaffalione6
8Luis Saez5
9Paco Lopez4
Total Graded Stakes Wins by Horse     
Midnight Bisou3
4Bigger Picture2
Bricks and Mortar2
Omaha Beach2
Prince Lucky2
War of Will2
Zulu Alpha2
Graded Stakes Winners by Sale      
1Keeneland Sept.46
2OBS April7
3FT Gulfstream5
Keeneland Nov.5
OBS March5
7FT Saratoga4
8FT October3
Goffs Orby3
Keeneland Jan.3
OBS June3
Graded Stakes Wins by Sales Company     
RankSale CompanyWins
8CTHS Manitoba1
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