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

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 Consignor Winners
1 Lane’s End 25
Taylor Made 25
3 Woodford Thoroughbreds 16
4 Wavertree Stables 14
5 Gainesway 12
Select Sales 12
7 Denali Stud 11
Eaton Sales 11
Four Star Sales 11
10 Brookdale Sales 8
Claiborne Farm 8

Graded Stakes Winners by Breeder          
Rank Breeder Winners (Wins)
1 Stonestreet 7 (8)
WinStar Farm 7 (7)
3 John Gunther 4 (7)
Claiborne Farm 4 (6)
Tall Oaks Farm 4 (6)
6 Hertrich & Fielding 3 (8)
Adena Springs 3 (5)
Chiefswood Stable 3 (4)
Charles Fipke 3 (4)
Godolphin 3 (4)
Brereton Jones 3 (4)
Spendthrift Farm 3 (4)
Calumet Farm 3 (3)
Gainesway 3 (3)
Hinkle 3 (3)
Waymore 3 (3)

Graded Stakes Winners by Sire          
Rank Name Winners (Wins)
1 Quality Road 10 (14)
2 Candy Ride 8 (10)
Curlin 8 (9)
4 Uncle Mo 7 (9)
Into Mischief 7 (8)
6 More Than Ready 6 (11)
Lookin At Lucky 6 (10)
Kitten’s Joy 6 (8)
Distorted Humor 6 (6)
10 Blame 5 (10)
Scat Daddy 5 (9)
Ghostzapper 5 (7)
Speightstown 5 (6)
Street Sense 5 (6)
Giant’s Causeway 5 (5)
War Front 5 (5)

Graded Stakes Winners by Trainer          
Rank Trainer Winners (Wins)
1 Chad Brown 26 (39)
2 Todd Pletcher 15 (19)
3 Mark Casse 12 (12)
4 Bob Baffert 11 (21)
Brad Cox 11 (16)
Steve Asmussen 11 (15)
7 Graham Motion 10 (12)

Graded Stakes Wins by Jockey          
Rank Name Wins
1 Jose Ortiz 34
2 Irad Ortiz Jr. 26
3 Javier Castellano 21
4 Flavien Prat 20
Mike Smith 20
6 Florent Geroux 18
7 Joe Bravo 16
Drayden Van Dyke 16
9 Joel Rosario 15
10 John Velazquez 14

Total Graded Stakes Wins by Horse          
Rank Horse Wins
1 Accelerate 5
Midnight Bisou 5
3 Itsinthepost 4
Justify 4
Promises Fulfilled 4
Synchrony 4

Graded Stakes Winners by Sale          
Rank Sale Winners
1 Keeneland Sept. 159
2 Keeneland Nov. 48
3 FT MD May 18
4 OBS April 17
OBS March 17
6 FT Florida 14
FT Oct 14
8 Keeneland Jan. 12
9 FT July 11
FT Saratoga 11

Graded Stakes Wins by Sales Company          
Rank Sale Company Wins
1 Keeneland 221
2 Fasig-Tipton 90
3 OBS 53
4 Arqana 18
5 Tattersalls 16
6 Goffs 12
7 Osarus 6
8 CTHS Ontario 4
9 Barretts 3
Baden-Baden 3

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