Select Sales Agency Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Late Surges Shake Up Final Standings Of 2019

by | 01.03.2020 | 11:10am
Lake Avenue (Tapit) and jockey Junior Alvarado win the Demoiselle (Gr I) at Aqueduct Racetrack 12/7/19. Trainer: Bill Mott. Owners: Godolphin Stable

There's nothing quite like a down-to-the-wire finish, and the American Graded Stakes Standings closed with a few of them when the 2019 racing season hit the line.

Two of those races closed the year as dead heats, after some late-season rallies brought trailing connections even with established leaders.

Calumet Farm and Stonestreet Farm battled for the top spot among breeders throughout the year, but the category ended in a three-way tie when Godolphin joined the fray in December. All three entities finished the year with seven individual graded stakes winners and nine total graded stakes wins.

Godolphin inserted itself into the equation in December when homebred Lake Avenue won the Grade 2 Demoiselle Stakes at Aqueduct on Dec. 7. The Tapit filly joined a group of graded stakes-winning Godolphin-breds in 2019 that also included Grade 1 winners Maxfield, Old Persian, Secret Spice, and She's a Julie, and Grade 3 winners Alms and Pamina.

Calumet Farm's winning combination of graduates featured Grade 1 winner Mongolian Groom, Grade 2 winners Channel Cat and Zulu Alpha, and Grade 3 winners Causeforcommotion, Coachwhip, English Bee, and Lexitonian. The Stonestreet breeding program earned its place at the top with Grade 2 winners Champagne Anyone and Sally's Curlin, and Grade 3 winners Dream Pauline, Electric Forest, Gladiator King, Marzo, and Owendale.

Lake Avenue's Demoiselle triumph also helped swing the race for leading sire by graded stakes winners. The daughter of Tapit was one of 11 graded winners for her sire in 2019, and one of two in the month of December along with G3 Rampart Stakes winner Pink Sands.

Those victories brought Gainesway resident Tapit even with Hill 'n' Dale Farms' Curlin at the top of the list. While the race was tied by individual graded winners, Curlin got the edge in total progeny graded stakes wins by a 16-14 margin.

Curlin's 2019 runners were led by Breeders' Cup Classic winner Vino Rosso, with backup including Grade 2 winners Mylady Curlin, Point of Honor, and Sally's Curlin. Tapit's runners were led by Grade 2 winners Lake Avenue, Marconi, Synchrony, and Tacitus.

Taylor Made Sales Agency finished the year as the leading consignor by graded stakes winners, with 26, followed by Lane's End with 15. Juveniles came through in a big way for the Taylor Made operation, including Grade 1 winners Bast and Eight Rings. Kentucky Oaks winner Serengeti Empress and multiple Grade 1 winner Rushing Fall were also among the consignment's graduates to make noise in 2019.

Wavertree Stables and Niall Brennan Stables finished tied among the leading consignors in the 2-year-olds in training division, each represented by six graded winners.

Chad Brown finished the year unchallenged in the trainer ranks, flipping the calendar with 33 graded winners on the year and 53 total wins. Steve Asmussen was the runner-up in both categories, with 14 winners of 26 graded races.

Brown's runners swallowed up entire stakes cards in 2019, and his stable figures to loom over this month's Eclipse Awards with a similar aplomb. Among his top runners were Horse of the Year contender Bricks and Mortar, Breeders' Cup Mile winner Uni, Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf winner Structor, and multiple Grade 1 winners Cambier Parc, Guarana, Rushing Fall, and Sistercharlie.

Javier Castellano survived steady pressure throughout the year from Irad Ortiz Jr., to take the jockey title by a 36-34 margin.

Castellano started the year on a high note, winning the G1 Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes aboard City of Light, and he finished it strong with Breeders' Cup victories aboard Belvoir Bay in the Turf Sprint and British Idiom in the Juvenile Fillies.

Midnight Bisou tallied seven graded stakes wins in 2019 to lead all North American horses in the category. Three of those wins came in Grade 1 competition: the Apple Blossom Handicap, Ogden Phipps Stakes, and Personal Ensign Stakes.

The populous Keeneland sales dominated the tops of the charts in which it was involved. The bellwether Keeneland September Yearling Sale produced the most graded stakes victories of the year, with 182 – more than the remainder of the top ten sales combined.

Keeneland was also unparalleled in the race between auction houses. Its 231 North American graded stakes graduates was one more than all other auction companies combined in 2019.

Graded Stakes Winners by Consignor     
Rank ConsignorWinners (Wins)
1Taylor Made26 (34)
2Lane's End15 (27)
3Gainesway11 (19)
4Brookdale Sales9 (13)
5Eaton Sales8 (16)
6Wavertree Stables6 (8)
Niall Brennan Stables6 (7)
8Select Sales5 (8)
Darby Dan Farm5 (6)
Eddie Woods5 (6)
St. George Sales5 (5)
Graded Stakes Winners by Breeder     
RankBreederWinners (Wins)
1Calumet Farm7 (9)
Godolphin7 (9)
Stonestreet7 (9)
4WinStar Farm6 (6)
5Gary & Mary West4 (7)
Pin Oak Stud4 (7)
Adena Springs4 (5)
Graded Stakes Winners by Sire     
RankNameWinners (Wins)
1Curlin11 (16)
Tapit11 (14)
3Candy Ride9 (9)
4Medaglia d'Oro8 (13)
5Into Mischief6 (10)
Quality Road6 (9)
Ghostzapper6 (8)
Blame6 (7)
Hard Spun6 (7)
Street Sense6 (7)
Speightstown6 (6)
Graded Stakes Winners by Trainer     
RankTrainerWinners (Wins)
1Chad Brown33 (53)
2Steve Asmussen14 (26)
3Bob Baffert12 (17)
4Mark Casse10 (15)
Richard Baltas10 (13)
Bill Mott10 (13)
Todd Pletcher10 (13)
8Brad Cox9 (16)
Phil D'Amato9 (12)
10John Sadler8 (13)
11Mike Maker7 (10)
Graham Motion7 (8)
Graded Stakes Wins by Jockey     
1Javier Castellano36
2Irad Ortiz, Jr.34
3Joel Rosario29
4John Velazquez28
5Jose Ortiz27
6Flavien Prat22
7Ricardo Santana Jr.18
Mike Smith18
9Luis Saez17
10Tyler Gaffalione14
Total Graded Stakes Wins by Horse     
1Midnight Bisou7
2Bricks and Mortar6
5Cambier Parc4
Code of Honor4
Come Dancing4
Maximum Security4
Mr. Money4
Omaha Beach4
Graded Stakes Winners by Sale      
1Keeneland Sept.182
2Keeneland Nov.34
3OBS April32
4OBS March22
5FT Midlantic May21
6FT Saratoga19
7FT October18
8Keeneland Jan.13
9Tattersalls Oct.11
10FT July10
11FT Gulfstream9
Graded Stakes Wins by Sales Company     
RankSale CompanyWins
8CTHS Ontario5
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