Select Sales Agency Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Curlin Climbs To The Top

by | 05.29.2019 | 12:02pm
Curlin, winning the G1 Stephen Foster Handicap

The Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes rightfully dominate headlines every May, but the sons and daughters of Hill 'n' Dale Farms' Curlin put in quality work during the month, not only rocketing their sire to the top of his division in the American Graded Stakes Standings but giving him a comfortable lead.

Curlin had five new graded stakes winners in May, giving him nine total through the first five months of the year. That more than doubled the number he had at the end of April and put him three ahead of previous leader Tapit.

Three of those wins came on the same May 17 card at Pimlico Race Course, in fact coming in three of four consecutive races. First came Tenfold, who returned to the scene of his third-place finish in last year's Preakness to win the Grade 3 Pimlico Special Stakes. The G2 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes immediately followed, where Point of Honor notched her first career graded stakes win. Two races later, Mylady Curlin completed the banner day with a front-running score in the G3 Allaire DuPont Distaff Stakes.

Elsewhere in the country and on the calendar, Global Campaign took the G3 Peter Pan Stakes on May 11. Most recently, Vino Rosso rung up his first Grade 1 in the Gold Cup at Santa Anita Stakes on May 27.

Taylor Made Sales Agency extended its lead in the consignor standings by winners, outpacing Lane's End by a 14-10 margin. Among the new graded-winning graduates for Taylor Made was Catholic Boy, who took the G3 Dixie Stakes in his seasonal debut.

Another dominant month by Chad Brown extended his top spot in the trainer standings, with his seven new winners taking his combined total for the year to 14, nearly doubling next-closest Steve Asmussen with eight. All seven of Brown's graded wins in May came on the turf, led by Bricks and Mortar's deep-closing triumph in the G1 Turf Classic Stakes on May 4 at Churchill Downs.

The race for leading jockey continues to be tight as the year approaches its midway point, locked at the top by Javier Castellano and Irad Ortiz Jr., tied at 14 graded wins.

All three of Castellano's graded wins in May came on Preakness weekend, including Catholic Boy's Dixie, Point of Honor's Black-Eyed Susan, and a record-shattering score in the G3 Miss Preakness Stakes aboard Covfefe. On the flip side, three of Ortiz's four wins came on Kentucky Derby weekend, featuring Bricks and Mortar's Turf Classic, Beau Recall's G2 Churchill Distaff Turf Mile Stakes, and Digital Age's G2 American Turf Stakes. Ortiz also booted home Homerique in the G3 Beaugay Stakes at Belmont Park.

Vasilika extended her winning streak to four in the G1 Gamely Stakes on May 27 at Santa Anita. All of those wins have come this year in graded stakes competition, making her the first four-time graded winner of 2019.

Graded Stakes Winners by Consignor     
Rank ConsignorWinners (Wins)
1Taylor Made14 (16)
2Lane's End10 (13)
3Gainesway5 (5)
4Wavertree Stables4 (6)
5Select Sales3 (4)
Claiborne Farm3 (3)
Darby Dan Farm3 (3)
Elite3 (3)
Graded Stakes Winners by Breeder     
RankBreederWinners (Wins)
1Stonestreet5 (5)
2Calumet Farm3 (4)
Gary & Mary West3 (3)
Hertrich & Fielding3 (3)
WinStar Farm3 (3)
6Godolphin2 (3)
Graded Stakes Winners by Sire     
RankNameWinners (Wins)
1Curlin9 (9)
2Tapit6 (7)
3Candy Ride5 (5)
Street Sense5 (5)
5Quality Road4 (6)
6War Front3 (6)
Twirling Candy3 (4)
Exchange Rate3 (3)
Into Mischief3 (3)
Graded Stakes Winners by Trainer     
RankTrainerWinners (Wins)
1Chad Brown14 (16)
2Steve Asmussen8 (12)
3Todd Pletcher7 (8)
4Bill Mott6 (7)
5Jerry Hollendorfer5 (9)
Richard Baltas5 (5)
Brad Cox5 (5)
John Sadler5 (5)
Graded Stakes Wins by Jockey     
RankNameWins
1Javier Castellano14
Irad Ortiz, Jr.14
3Flavien Prat11
4Jose Ortiz10
5Mike Smith9
John Velazquez9
7Ricardo Santana Jr.8
8Tyler Gaffalione7
Luis Saez7
Total Graded Stakes Wins by Horse     
RankHorseWins
1Vasilika4
2Bellafina3
Bricks and Mortar3
Midnight Bisou3
War of Will3
Graded Stakes Winners by Sale      
RankSaleWinners
1Keeneland Sept.65
2Keeneland Nov.11
3OBS April8
4FT MID May7
5FT Gulfstream6
Keeneland Jan.6
OBS March6
8FT October5
FT Saratoga5
Tattersalls Oct.5
11Arqana May4
Tattersalls Dec.4
Graded Stakes Wins by Sales Company     
RankSale CompanyWins
1Keeneland83
2Fasig-Tipton30
3OBS20
4Tattersalls11
5Arqana7
6Goffs5
7Barretts4
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