Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Making His Mark

Several former assistants to trainer D. Wayne Lukas have found high levels of success after striking out on their own, most notably names like Todd Pletcher, Kiaran McLaughlin, and Dallas Stewart. Mike Maker also fits squarely in that group and is becoming more well-known as his accomplishments have continued to grow.

Last weekend, Maker saddled Fast and Accurate, the upset winner of the G3 Spiral Stakes. The 3-year-old colt provided Maker with his fifth individual graded stakes winner of the year and moved him into a tie for third with Chad Brown on the American Graded Stakes Standings trainers list.

In addition to Fast and Accurate, Maker trains the graded stakes winners Bigger Picture (G3 John B. Connally Turf), Enterprising (G3 Fair Grounds Handicap), Granny's Kitten (G3 Col. E.R. Bradley), and Taghleeb (G3 W.L. McKnight Handicap).

Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen moved into fifth place on the AGS trainers list this week, after taking the G3 Sunland Derby with the promising Hence. Asmussen has three graded stakes winners so far; besides Hence, Asmussen has saddled Terra Promessa (G3 Bayakoa) and Gun Runner (G3 Razorback).

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Graded Stakes Wins by Sales Company          
Rank Name Wins
1 Keeneland 27 (29)
2 OBS 10 (13)
3 Fasig-Tipton 10 (12)
4 Arqana 2 (2)

Graded Stakes Winners by Sale          
Rank Name Winners
1 Keeneland Sept. 23
2 Keeneland Nov. 6
3 OBS March 4
4 Fasig-Tipton Aug. 3
Fasig-Tipton Oct. 3
OBS April 3
OBS August 3

Graded Stakes Winners by Sale Year          
Rank Name Sales
1 Yearling 37
2 2-Year-Old 12
3 Weanling 6
4 3-Year-Old 2
4-Year-Old 2
5-Year-Old 2

Graded Stakes Winners by Consignor          
Rank 3 (4) Name Winners
1 Denali Stud 5
2 Betz T'breds. 3
Paramount Sales 3
4 Brandywine Farm 2
Eisaman Equine 2
Lane's End 2
Eddie Woods 2

Graded Stakes Winners by Sire          
Rank Name Winners/Ws
1 Tapit 4 (6)
2 Curlin 3 (4)
3 Candy Ride (Arg) 3 (3)
Ghostzapper 3 (3)
Unbridled's Song 3 (3)

Graded Stakes Winners by Breeder          
Rank Name Winners/Ws
1 Betz Thoroughbreds 3 (3)
2 Juddmonte Farms 2 (3)
3 Brandywine Farm 2 (2)
Ken & Sarah Ramsey 2 (2)
Shadwell 2 (2)

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Graded Stakes Winners by Owner          
Rank Name Winners/Ws
1 Juddmonte Farms 2 (3)
2 Calumet Farm 2 (2)
Jerry & Ann Moss 2 (2)
Sheep Pond Partners 2 (2)
Watson, Pegram & Weitman 2 (2)