Select Sales Agency Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Midnight Bisou Keeps On Winning

It’s getting to the point of the year when the serious Horse of the Year contenders start staking their claims in earnest, and top filly Midnight Bisou has done nothing to knock her case so far.

The 4-year-old daughter of Midnight Lute is an impressive seven-for-seven in graded stakes competition this year through the end of September, putting her on top of the American Graded Stakes Standings’ equine division, ahead of turf stars Bricks and Mortar and Vasilika with five each.

Midnight Bisou most recently kicked free in the Grade 2 Beldame Stakes at Belmont Park on Sept. 28 to keep her unbeaten record in 2019 intact. She’ll head into the Breeders’ Cup as one of its most imposing figures, with a resume that also features wins in the G1 Apple Blossom Handicap, Ogden Phipps Stakes, and Personal Ensign Stakes, the G2 Azeri Stakes, and the G3 Houston Ladies Classic Stakes and Molly Pitcher Stakes. She is owned by Bloom Racing Stable, Madaket Stables, and Allen Racing.

Midnight Bisou has been a serious mover and shaker on the American Graded Stakes standings beyond her own rankings. She has moved the needle for Woodford Thoroughbreds as both a breeder and consignor, and she helped propel Steve Asmussen to second place in the trainer standings by graded stakes winners behind Chad Brown. In the race for top jockey, she has given Mike Smith six of his 14 graded stakes wins this year, placing him seventh, and John Velazquez has won once aboard her this year, putting him in third with 23 wins.

The leading sire race is deadlocked through the end of September, with Hill ‘n’ Dale FarmsCurlin and Gainesway’s Tapit tied at nine individual graded winners and 12 total wins each.

With more and more graded stakes races for 2-year-olds coming and going on the calendar, three stallions who made noise through the end of September were WinStar Farm‘s Constitution, Liam’s Map of Lane’s End, and Palace Malice of Three Chimneys

Constitution had two graded stakes winners at the close of September, with Amalfi Sunrise taking the G2 Sorrento Stakes at Del Mar and By Your Side winning the G3 Sanford Stakes at Saratoga.

Liam’s Map became the first freshman sire with a Grade 1 win when Basin took the G1 Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga, while Palace Malice took his place on the scoreboard with Structor, winner of the G3 Pilgrim Stakes.

Graded Stakes Winners by Consignor          
Rank Consignor Winners (Wins)
1 Taylor Made 21 (28)
2 Lane’s End 14 (26)
3 Gainesway 10 (14)
4 Brookdale Sales 7 (9)
5 Eaton Sales 6 (10)
6 Wavertree Stables 5 (7)
Niall Brennan Stables 5 (5)
8 Denali Stud 4 (7)
Select Sales 4 (6)
Claiborne Farm 4 (4)
Darby Dan Farm 4 (4)

Graded Stakes Winners by Breeder          
Rank Breeder Winners (Wins)
1 Calumet Farm 7 (9)
2 WinStar Farm 6 (6)
3 Stonestreet Farm 5 (7)
4 Pin Oak Stud 4 (7)
Adena Springs 4 (5)
Gary & Mary West 4 (5)
Godolphin 4 (5)
8 Claiborne Farm 3 (5)
Flaxman Holdings 3 (5)
Hertrich & Fielding 3 (4)
Ken & Sarah Ramsey 3 (4)
Ramona Bass 3 (3)
Spendthrift Farm 3 (3)

Graded Stakes Winners by Sire          
Rank Name Winners (Wins)
1 Curlin 9 (12)
Tapit 9 (12)
3 Candy Ride 8 (8)
4 Medaglia d’Oro 7 (10)
5 Into Mischief 5 (8)
Quality Road 5 (8)
Twirling Candy 5 (8)
Blame 5 (6)
Street Sense 5 (6)
Hard Spun 5 (5)

Graded Stakes Winners by Trainer          
Rank Trainer Winners (Wins)
1 Chad Brown 28 (44)
2 Steve Asmussen 10 (21)
Bob Baffert 10 (13)
4 Mark Casse 9 (13)
Bill Mott 9 (11)
Todd Pletcher 9 (10)
7 John Sadler 8 (12)
Mike D’Amato 8 (9)
9 Richard Baltas 7 (7)
10 Jerry Hollendorfer 6 (12)
Brad Cox 6 (10)
Mike Maker 6 (9)
Graham Motion 6 (6)

Graded Stakes Wins by Jockey          
Rank Name Wins
1 Javier Castellano 30
2 Irad Ortiz, Jr. 28
3 John Velazquez 23
4 Jose Ortiz 21
5 Flavien Prat 18
6 Joel Rosario 15
7 Mike Smith 14
8 Luis Saez 13
Ricardo Santana Jr. 13
10 Tyler Gaffalione 11

Total Graded Stakes Wins by Horse          
Rank Horse Wins
1 Midnight Bisou 7
2 Bricks and Mortar 5
Vasilika 5
4 Code of Honor 4
Come Dancing 4
Mitole 4
Mr. Money 4

Graded Stakes Winners by Sale          
Rank Sale Winners
1 Keeneland Sept. 145
2 Keeneland Nov. 24
OBS April 24
4 FT MID May 16
5 OBS March 15
6 FT Saratoga 14
7 FT October 11
8 Keeneland Jan. 9
Tattersalls Oct. 9
10 FT July 7

Graded Stakes Wins by Sales Company          
Rank Sale Company Wins
1 Keeneland 180
2 Fasig-Tipton 62
3 OBS 51
4 Tattersalls 18
5 Arqana 11
6 Barretts 7
Goffs 7
8 CTHS Ontario 4

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