Select Sales Agency Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Narrow Races For Top Consignor, Breeder, Sire In Final 2018 Rankings

by | 01.07.2019 | 11:08am
Lane's End Farm

The 2018 racing calendar featured a run of dominant individual performances in graded stakes races, but several of the industry's core positions saw tight finishes in compiled graded wins as the year came to a close, especially in the bloodstock realm.

The races for top consignor and breeder by number of graded winners in 2018 each came down to a one-win margin, while two horses split the sire title.

The Lane's End operation finished the year with a pair of top placings to its credit. Lane's End led all consignors by both wins and winners, with 21 horses notching 31 graded scores. Three horses who contributed heavily to those totals were Eclipse Award finalists Game Winner, City of Light, and McKinzie.

Taylor Made Sales Agency finished second by graded wins and winners, with 20 graduates racking up 27 victories. Graduates who earned Eclipse nominations included Catholic Boy, Rushing Fall, and Bellafina.

Both consignments can lay claim to Improbable, a finalist for champion 2-year-old male and winner of the G1 Los Alamitos Futurity. The City Zip colt was consigned as a weanling by Lane's End at the 2016 Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale, where Taylor Made Sales Agency picked him up, as agent, for $110,000. Taylor Made then consigned him at the following year's Keeneland September Yearling Sale, where he sold to Maverick Racing and China Horse Club for $200,000.

Lane's End also staked a firm claim to the top of the sire list, with two of its roster members tying for the most winners on the year. Quality Road and Candy Ride each finished with 10 graded stakes winners, with Quality Road edging out his contemporary for most graded wins by a 15-14 margin.

Quality Road is the sire of Eclipse finalists City of Light, Bellafina, and Abel Tasman. Candy Ride will be represented at the Eclipse Awards by finalists Game Winner and Gun Runner.

Behind the Lane's End duo was a quartet of sires with eight graded winners in 2018: English Channel, Uncle Mo, Curlin, and Into Mischief.

Stonestreet Farm finished the year as the top breeder by graded winners, with eight horses winning nine races. That edged out WinStar Farm, which finished the year with seven graded winners.

The Stonestreet banner was carried most successfully by Good Magic, who took the G1 Haskell Invitational Stakes and the G2 Blue Grass Stakes. The operation of Barbara Banke was also represented by G1 winners Restless Rider and Complexity.

The race for most graded wins by a single horse in 2018 was a dead heat between Horse of the Year finalists Accelerate and Monomoy Girl, each taking home six. Midnight Bisou finished one behind the leaders with five, and the six-horse logjam with four graded wins included Triple Crown winner Justify.

The human side of the on-track leaders was not quite as competitive at the top. Chad Brown reigned over the trainer division, winning 46 graded stakes with 28 different horses. Todd Pletcher was closest by winners with 16, while Bob Baffert was second by wins at 27.

The Ortiz brothers were well clear in the leading jockey race, with Jose Ortiz besting Irad Ortiz Jr. by a 35-30 margin. Flavien Prat finished third with 26 graded wins.

Graded Stakes Winners by Consignor     
Rank ConsignorWinners (Wins)
1Lane's End21 (31)
2Taylor Made20 (27)
3Select Sales11 (15)
Denali Stud11 (11)
5Gainesway10 (16)
6Four Star Sales9 (11)
7Wavertree Stables8 (15)
Eaton Sales8 (12)
9Hidden Brook7 (7)
10Brookdale Sales5 (9)
Glennwood Farm5 (8)
Graded Stakes Winners by Breeder     
RankBreederWinners (Wins)
1Stonestreet8 (9)
2WinStar Farm7 (7)
3Calumet Farm6 (6)
4John D. Gunther5 (8)
5Claiborne Farm4 (6)
Tall Oaks Farm4 (6)
Brereton C. Jones4 (5)
Gainesway4 (5)
Godolphin4 (5)
10Hertrich & Fielding3 (8)
Adena Springs3 (5)
Charles Fipke3 (4)
Chiefswood Stable3 (4)
Spendthrift Farm3 (4)
Besilu Stables3 (3)
Hinkle Farm3 (3)
G. Watts Humphrey3 (3)
Kinder & Woolsey3 (3)
Waymore LLC3 (3)
Graded Stakes Winners by Sire     
RankNameWinners (Wins)
1Quality Road10 (15)
Candy Ride10 (14)
3English Channel8 (10)
Uncle Mo8 (10)
Curlin8 (9)
Into Mischief8 (9)
7Tapit7 (12)
Kitten's Joy7 (9)
9More Than Ready6 (13)
Blame6 (12)
Lookin at Lucky6 (11)
Speightstown6 (7)
Distorted Humor6 (6)
14Scat Daddy5 (9)
Ghostzapper5 (7)
Street Sense5 (7)
Malibu Moon5 (6)
Giant's Causeway5 (5)
War Front5 (5)
Graded Stakes Winners by Trainer     
RankTrainerWinners (Wins)
1Chad Brown28 (46)
2Todd Pletcher
16 (20)
3Bob Baffert14 (27)
4Brad Cox12 (20)
Steve Asmussen12 (16)
Mark Casse12 (13)
7Graham Motion10 (12)
8Kenny McPeek8 (8)
9Jerry Hollendorfer7 (12)
Graded Stakes Wins by Jockey     
1Jose Ortiz35
2Irad Ortiz Jr.30
3Flavien Prat26
4Joel Rosario25
5Javier Castellano23
6Florent Geroux22
Mike Smith22
8Drayden Van Dyke20
9Joe Bravo17
10John Velazquez16
Total Graded Stakes Wins by Horse     
Monomoy Girl6
3Midnight Bisou5
Marley's Freedom4
Promises Fulfilled4
Graded Stakes Winners by Sale      
1Keeneland Sept.183
2Keeneland Nov.54
3FT MD May21
4OBS April20
5OBS March19
6FT Oct.16
7FT Florida15
Keeneland Jan.15
Tattersalls Oct.15
10FT Saratoga14
Graded Stakes Wins by Sales Company     
RankSale CompanyWins
CTHS Ontario5
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