Select Sales Agency Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Trio Of Win Machines Highlight First Half Of 2019

by | 07.08.2019 | 11:09am
Bricks and Mortar (Giant's Causeway) and jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. win the Manhattan (Gr I) at Belmont Park 6/8/19. Trainer: Chad Brown. Owner: Klaravich Stables & William Lawrence

Half of the 2019 racing calendar is in the rear-view mirror, and the race for Horse of the Year is tight, but there are certainly front-runners.

The quality of graded stakes wins is just as important as the quantity, of course, but three horses have been unstoppable at racing's highest levels through the end of June: Bricks and Mortar, Midnight Bisou, and Vasilika. Each tallied four graded stakes wins in the first half of the year and came to their totals in completely different ways.

Bricks and Mortar, a 5-year-old son of Giant's Causeway, racked up his wins on four different turf courses east of the Mississippi River. He kicked off his year on a big note, taking the Grade 1 Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational Stakes at Gulfstream Park in January, then followed up in March with a win by a nose in the G2 Muniz Memorial Handicap at the Fair Grounds.

Bricks and Mortar closed hard and fast to win the G1 Turf Classic Handicap in May at Churchill Downs, then in June, he won the G1 Manhattan Stakes at Belmont Park.

Chad Brown trains Bricks and Mortar for Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence. Brown's nine graded winners in the month of June extended his lead in the trainer standings, with his 19 total winners this year surpassing the combined totals of his two next-closest competitors — Steve Asmussen and Todd Pletcher, each with eight.

Midnight Bisou has had her own cross-country journey to four graded stakes wins this year, starting in the G3 Houston Ladies Classic Stakes in January at Sam Houston Race Park. The next two starts for the 4-year-old Midnight Lute filly came at Oaklawn Park, where she took the G2 Azeri Stakes in March and G1 Apple Blossom Handicap in April.

She continued to assert her dominance in the older females division as she headed north with a strong victory in G1 Ogden Phipps Stakes at Belmont Park.

Asmussen saddles Midnight Bisou for the partnership of Bloom Racing Stable, Madaket Stables, and Allen Racing.

Rounding out the trio is Vasilika, who did all of her winning on the Santa Anita turf. The first score came in January in the G3 Megahertz Stakes, followed in February by the G2 Buena Vista Stakes. Two months later, Vasilika rolled off a win in the G2 Royal Heroine Stakes, and then made her return to Grade 1 competition in May with a successful stalking trip in the Gamely Stakes.

Jerry Hollendorfer trains the 5-year-old daughter of Skipshot for a partnership including himself, All Schlaich Stables, Gatto Racing, and George Todaro.

Graded Stakes Winners by Consignor     
Rank ConsignorWinners (Wins)
1Taylor Made14 (18)
2Lane's End11 (14)
3Gainesway6 (6)
4Eaton Sales4 (7)
Wavertree Stables4 (6)
6Stone Farm3 (6)
Select Sales3 (5)
Claiborne Farm3 (3)
Darby Dan Farm3 (3)
Elite3 (3)
Niall Brennan Stb.3 (3)
Tally Ho Stud3 (3)
Graded Stakes Winners by Breeder     
RankBreederWinners (Wins)
1Stonestreet5 (6)
2Calumet Farm4 (5)
3Hertrich & Fielding3 (4)
Claiborne Farm3 (3)
Gary & Mary West3 (3)
Ramona Bass3 (3)
WinStar Farm3 (3)
Graded Stakes Winners by Sire     
RankNameWinners (Wins)
1Curlin9 (9)
2Tapit7 (9)
3Candy Ride6 (6)
4Quality Road5 (7)
Street Sense5 (5)
6War Front3 (6)
Into Mischief3 (4)
Medaglia d'Oro3 (4)
More Than Ready3 (4)
Twirling Candy3 (4)
Exchange Rate3 (3)
Hard Spun3 (3)
Uncle Mo3 (3)
Graded Stakes Winners by Trainer     
RankTrainerWinners (Wins)
1Chad Brown19 (25)
2Steve Asmussen8 (14)
Todd Pletcher8 (9)
4Mark Casse7 (9)
Bill Mott7 (8)
6Richard Baltas6 (6)
John Sadler6 (7)
Graded Stakes Wins by Jockey     
1Javier Castellano18
2Irad Ortiz, Jr.17
3Jose Ortiz15
4Flavien Prat13
5Mike Smith10
John Velazquez10
7Ricardo Santana Jr.9
8Tyler Gaffalione8
9Luis Saez7
Joel Rosario7
Total Graded Stakes Wins by Horse     
1Bricks and Mortar4
Midnight Bisou4
Mucho Gusto3
War of Will3
World of Trouble3
Graded Stakes Winners by Sale      
1Keeneland Sept.80
2Keeneland Nov.14
3OBS April12
4FT MID May9
5Tattersalls Oct.8
6FT Saratoga7
Keeneland Jan.7
OBS March7
9FT Gulfstream6
10Arqana May5
11OBS August4
OBS June4
Tattersalls Dec.4
Graded Stakes Wins by Sales Company     
RankSale CompanyWins
Twitter Twitter
Paulick Report on Instagram