American Graded Stakes Standings

Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: WinStar’s Anthem

WinStar Farm, China Horse Club, Head of Plains Partners and SF Racing added another 2018 American Graded Stakes winner to their resume last weekend when American Anthem won the Grade 2 San Carlos Stakes at Santa Anita. Trained by Bob Baffert, American Anthem was a G2 and G3 winner in 2017. WinStar Farm – which […]

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Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Already A Career Year For Cox

Trainer Brad Cox had a big year in 2014. He saddled his first American Graded Stakes winner when Carve won the Grade 3 Cornhusker Handicap at Prairie Meadows. It was also the first year since taking out his trainer’s license in 2004 that his stable topped the million-dollar mark in earnings, finishing the year with […]

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Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: A Quality Road Triple

Lost in the hoopla of Justify’s Triple Crown triumph last weekend was another triple of sorts as the Lane’s End stallion Quality Road sired three American Graded Stakes winners on June 9 – two of them G1 on the Belmont Stakes program at Belmont Park. Quality Road also sired two non-graded winners last weekend, raising […]

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Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Kumin Riding High With Partnerships

Sol Kumin wasn’t a finalist in the outstanding owner Eclipse Award category in 2017 despite the fact that several partnerships he put together had truly outstanding years, led by Head of Plains Partners, which was ranked No. 1 on the Paulick Report’s American Graded Stakes standings through its co-ownership of 11 different AGS winners. Another […]

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Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: An Oklahoma Gold Rush

Oklahoma breeders have produced a Horse of the Year in Lady’s Secret, a Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Mile winner in Kip Deville, a handful of millionaires (including Clever Trevor, Mr. Ross, She’s All In and Shotgun Kowboy), and last year’s G1 Spinaway Stakes winner at Saratoga, Lady Ivanka. But last week may have been a […]

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Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Finding Grade 1 Bargains

As we race into the busy Memorial Day weekend – which features graded stakes at seven different tracks – let’s pause to look at where things stand in 2018 in terms of horses that have achieved at the highest level in the United States: Grade 1 races. There have been 19 individual winners of Grade […]

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Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Ghostzapper’s Versatility

May 5 was a monumental day for the Adena Springs stallion Ghostzapper, the 2004 Horse of the Year by Awesome Again. Both Ghostzapper and Awesome Again were bred and raced by Frank Stronach, owner of the Paris, Ky., farm where they both stand. Ghostzapper’s daughter Stage Magic produced G1 Kentucky Derby winner Justify (by Scat […]

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Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Kentucky Derby Day’s Riding Star

He didn’t win the big one, finishing second to Justify while aboard champion Good Magic in the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby, but Jose Ortiz was the riding star of the day last Saturday at Churchill Downs. He took the other two G1 races on the afternoon, winning the Distaff aboard American Gal and the Turf […]

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Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Shopping For A Kentucky Derby Winner

Fifteen of the top 20 horses on the Kentucky Derby leaderboard prior to entry time were purchased at sales of yearlings or 2-year-olds in training. It’s an expensive group, their aggregate purchase price totaling $8,837,000, an average of $589,133 and a median of $300,000. The Keeneland September Yearling Sale led the way, with 13 graduates […]

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Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Gunther’s Dynamic Derby Duo

John D. Gunther owns about 20 mares but three of them already have produced American Graded Stakes winners of 2018. Remarkably, two of those mares have produced 3-year-old colts who won major races on the Road to the Kentucky Derby and are among the leading contenders in this year’s Run for the Roses. Justify, the […]

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