Select Sales Agency Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Calm Before The Cup

by | 11.01.2018 | 6:49pm
Hronis Racing's Accelerate, with five victories, is tied with Midnight Bisou for the most American Graded Stakes wins of 2018

The American Graded Stakes Standings are on the precipice of a volatile weekend, highlighted by the Breeders' Cup card on Friday and Saturday at Churchill Downs.

Not counting the graded races on the undercard, the Breeders' Cup will offer 14 chances to make noise on the charts. A strong performance during the marquee cards could have a heavy bearing on the year-end AGS standings, either bringing contenders up to challenge from the middle of the pack or putting leaders out of reach.

The most heated race could come from a pair of horses in two completely separate fields. Breeders' Cup Classic favorite Accelerate and Distaff contender Midnight Bisou are tied at the top of the AGS standings for graded wins by a horse in 2018, each with five. As the end of the season approaches, one of the two winning their respective races could be enough to clinch the title. Sprint contender Promises Fulfilled could also move into a three-way tie for the lead with a win if the other two falter.

Another neck-and-neck race comes from the consignor division, with Lane's End and Taylor Made Sales Agency each entering the Breeders' Cup with 25 winners on the year.

In the sire division, Lane's End's Quality Road leads the way with 10 individual graded winners, and he could pad his lead with Juvenile Sprint contender Stillwater Cove. He is closely trailed by fellow Lane's End stallion Candy Ride and Hill 'n' Dale Farms' Curlin, each with eight.

Candy Ride could gain on his stallion roster teammate with Trigger Warning in the Dirt Mile, while Curlin could finish Friday's card tied with Quality Road if Standard Deviation wins the Juvenile and Dabster takes the G2 Marathon Stakes on the undercard.

Graded Stakes Winners by Consignor     
Rank ConsignorWinners
1Lane's End25
Taylor Made25
3Woodford Thoroughbreds16
4Wavertree Stables14
5Gainesway12
Select Sales12
7Denali Stud11
Eaton Sales11
Four Star Sales11
10Brookdale Sales8
Claiborne Farm8
Graded Stakes Winners by Breeder     
RankBreederWinners (Wins)
1Stonestreet7 (8)
WinStar Farm7 (7)
3John Gunther4 (7)
Claiborne Farm4 (6)
Tall Oaks Farm4 (6)
6Hertrich & Fielding3 (8)
Adena Springs3 (5)
Chiefswood Stable3 (4)
Charles Fipke3 (4)
Godolphin3 (4)
Brereton Jones3 (4)
Spendthrift Farm3 (4)
Calumet Farm3 (3)
Gainesway3 (3)
Hinkle3 (3)
Waymore3 (3)
Graded Stakes Winners by Sire     
RankNameWinners (Wins)
1Quality Road10 (14)
2Candy Ride8 (10)
Curlin8 (9)
4Uncle Mo7 (9)
Into Mischief7 (8)
6More Than Ready6 (11)
Lookin At Lucky6 (10)
Kitten's Joy6 (8)
Distorted Humor6 (6)
10Blame5 (10)
Scat Daddy5 (9)
Ghostzapper5 (7)
Speightstown5 (6)
Street Sense5 (6)
Giant's Causeway5 (5)
War Front5 (5)
Graded Stakes Winners by Trainer     
RankTrainerWinners (Wins)
1Chad Brown26 (39)
2Todd Pletcher
15 (19)
3Mark Casse12 (12)
4Bob Baffert11 (21)
Brad Cox11 (16)
Steve Asmussen11 (15)
7Graham Motion10 (12)
Graded Stakes Wins by Jockey     
RankNameWins
1Jose Ortiz34
2Irad Ortiz Jr.26
3Javier Castellano21
4Flavien Prat20
Mike Smith20
6Florent Geroux18
7Joe Bravo16
Drayden Van Dyke16
9Joel Rosario15
10John Velazquez14
Total Graded Stakes Wins by Horse     
RankHorseWins
1Accelerate5
Midnight Bisou5
3Itsinthepost4
Justify4
Promises Fulfilled4
Synchrony4
Graded Stakes Winners by Sale      
RankSaleWinners
1Keeneland Sept.159
2Keeneland Nov.48
3FT MD May18
4OBS April17
OBS March17
6FT Florida14
FT Oct14
8Keeneland Jan.12
9FT July11
FT Saratoga11
Graded Stakes Wins by Sales Company     
RankSale CompanyWins
1Keeneland221
2Fasig-Tipton90
3OBS53
4Arqana18
5Tattersalls16
6Goffs12
7Osarus6
8CTHS Ontario4
9Barretts3
Baden-Baden3
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