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 1 races thus far, with Justify the lone three-time G1 winner, having taken the Santa Anita Derby, Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes in succession. He’ll try to make it four straight Grade 1s on June 9 in the Belmont Stakes in an attempt at becoming American racing’s 13th Triple Crown winner.

Of those 19 G1 winners, only three are racing for their breeders: Kaleem Shah’s American Gal, La Providencia’s Brazilian-bred Hi Happy and Red Oak Stable’s Unbridled Mo.

Fourteen of the 19 G1 winners sold at public auction, with two of them changing  hands privately without going through an auction ring.

It’s not that surprising to see so few homebreds winning the biggest races, as the commercial market now dominates the Thoroughbred industry.

Also not a surprise is the fact that the Keeneland September Yearling Sale – the highest volume Thoroughbred auction in the world – has supplied more G1 winners than any other sale. Seven of the aforementioned 14 horses last sold at Keeneland September while two others  were offered during that auction and then were resold at 2-year-old sales. Thus, nine of the 19 G1 winners in 2018 passed through the Keeneland ring during the September sale.

You don’t need to spend a million dollars to find a G1 winner at auction; in fact, the most spent on a 2018 G1 winner was the $825,000 paid for unbeaten G1 Carter Handicap winner Army Mule at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training. Army Mule also represents the biggest pinhook home run of this group,  having been previously purchased at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Fall Yearling Sale for $35,000.

Six of the 14 G1 winners sold at auction for prices of $100,000 or less. Lowest price among them was Irish-bred G1 Jenny Wiley winner Sistercharlie, who sold for about $14,000 as a yearling at the Arqana October sale in France. Presumably, owner Peter Brant paid a bit more when he purchased the filly to race in the United States prior to her G1 win at Keeneland.

Nevertheless, there are still bargains in the bloodstock business.

Graded Stakes Wins by Sales Company          
Rank Sale Company Wins
1 Keeneland 75
2 Fasig-Tipton 38
3 OBS 15
4 Arqana 5
5 Tattersalls 4
Goffs 3

Graded Stakes Winners by Sale          
Rank Sale Winners
1 Keeneland Sept. 51
2 Keeneland Nov. 15
3 OBS March 9
4 FT May 7
5 FT Florida 6
FT October 6
7 FT Saratoga 5
8 Kee January 4
OBS April 4
10 FT July 3
FT New York 3

Graded Stakes Winners by Sale Year          
Rank When Sold GS Winners
1 Yearling 92
2 2-Year-Old 35
3 Weanling 13
4 3 and up 7

Graded Stakes Winners by Consignor          
Rank Consignor Winners
1 Lane’s End 9
2 Taylor Made 8
3 Denali Stud 6
4 Eaton Sales 5
Woodford 5
6 Claiborne Farm 4
Wavertree Stables 4
8 Crupi’s New Castle 3
Four Star Sales 3
Gainesway 3
Penn Sales 3
Select Sales 3

Graded Stakes Winners by Sire          
Rank Name Winners (Wins)
1 Tapit 5 (6)
Uncle Mo 5 (6)
Curlin 5 (5)
4 Into Mischief 4 (5)
Distorted Humor 4 (4)
Quality Road 4 (5)
7 Ghostzapper 3 (4)
Macho Uno 3 (3)
Scat Daddy 3 (5)
Speightstown 3 (3)
Street Sense 3 (3)

Graded Stakes Winners by Breeder          
Rank Breeder Winners (Wins)
1 WinStar Farm 5 (5)
Stonestreet 4 (4)
3 Claiborne Farm 3 (4)
Spendthrift Farm 3 (4)
John Gunther 3 (5)
6 Adena Springs 2 (4)
Calumet Farm 2 (2)
Sarah Farish 2 (2)
Charles Fipke 2 (2)
Godolphin 2 (2)
KatieRich Farms 2 (2)
John Liviakis 2 (2)
Ramona Bass 2 (3)
SNC Regnier & San Gabriel Inv 2 (2)
T/C Stable 2 (2)

Graded Stakes Winners by Owner          
Rank Owner(s) Winners (Wins)
1 WinStar Farm 7 (10)
2 China Horse Club 6 (10)
Head of Plains Prtnrs 6 (8)
4 Medallion Racing 4 (5)
Gary Barber 4 (4)
Michael Dubb 4 (7)
Bethlehem Stable 4 (7)
Madaket Stables 4 (4)
9 Kenneth & Sarah Ramsey 3 (3)
SF Racing 3 (4)

Graded Stakes Winners by Trainer          
Rank Trainer Winners (Wins)
1 Chad Brown 12 (12)
2 Todd Pletcher 11 (15)
3 Bob Baffert 5 (7)
Mark Casse 6 (6)
Mike Maker 5 (5)
6 Steve Asmussen 4 (4)
Brad Cox 4 (6)
Peter Miller 4 (4)
Wesley Ward 4 (4)
10 Richard Baltas 3 (3)
Simon Callaghan 3 (3)
Jerry Hollendorfer 3 (4)
Kiaran McLaughlin 3 (3)
H. Graham Motion 3 (5)

Total Graded Stakes Wins by Horse          
Rank Horse Wins
1 Itsinthepost 3
Justify 3
Midnight Bisou 3
3 Accelerate 2
Audible 2
Blended Citizen 2
City of Light 2
Fault 2
Heart to Heart 2
Hi Happy 2
Kanthaka 2
Magnum Moon 2
Martini Glass 2
Monomoy Girl 2
My Boy Jack 2
Selcourt 2
Something Awesome 2
Synchrony 2
Thewayiam 2
Ultra Brat 2

Graded Stakes Wins by Jockey          
Rank Name Wins
1 Jose Ortiz 15
2 Irad Ortiz Jr. 9
Mike Smith 9
John Velazquez 9
5 Javier Castellano 8
Flavien Prat 8
Luis Saez 8
8 Tyler Baze 6
Florent Geroux 6
Julien Leparoux 6
Ricardo Santana Jr. 6
12 Joe Bravo 5
Kent Desormeaux 5
Tyler Gaffalione 5

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