2009 Monthly Award Winners

December 31, 2009 by · Comments Off on 2009 Monthly Award Winners
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2009 Monthly Award Winners

JAN Jibboom Gomez Frankel
FEB Kip Deville Gomez Pletcher
MAR Justwhistledixie Gomez Frankel
APR Mr Napper Tandy Leparoux Sheppard
MAY Mine That Bird Borel Asmussen
JUN Summer Bird Leparoux Pletcher
JUL Backtalk Prado Pletcher
AUG Summer Bird Velazquez Pletcher
SEP Rachel Alexandra Baze, T Baffert
OCT Gitano Hernando Gomez Pletcher
NOV Ventura Gomez bin Suroor
DEC M One Rifle Bejarano Baffert

2009 Monthly Award Honorable Mentions

JAN Albertus Maximus Bejarano Wolfson
FEB Santa Teresita Bejarano Jones
MAR Einstein Leparoux Pletcher
APR I Want Revenge Gomez Mott
MAY Rachel Alexandra Leparoux Woolley Jr.
JUN Zenyatta Gomez Sadler
JUL Gio Ponti Rosario Baffert
AUG Justenuffhumor Leparoux bin Suroor
SEP Pyro Gomez Asmussen
OCT Zenyatta Maragh bin Suroor
NOV The Usual Q. T. Leparoux Pletcher
DEC Blind Luck Espinoza, V Headley

Baffert Trainer of the Month for Dec’09

December 30, 2009 by · Comments Off on Baffert Trainer of the Month for Dec’09
Filed under: Horse Racing 

Every month we’ll recognize the top performing jockey, trainer and horse for the month according to a totally arbitrary formula devised to award points for finishing in the money in graded stakes races.

Graded Stakes Points

Grade W P S
I 10 8 6
II 7 5 3
III 4 2 1


Horse of the Month:  M One Rifle

Honorable Mention:  Blind Luck

It was a light month for graded stakes action, with only fifteen races, and since no horses finished in the money more than once, we’ll give the Horse of the Month award for December to M One Rifle for winning the Grade 1 Malibu Stakes.  M-1 broke from post 13, grabbed the lead early and never looked back. 

The Honorable Mention goes to Blind Luck for winning the Hollywood Starlet Stakes in faster time than Lookin at Lucky put up in the CashCall Futurity the day before.

Jockey of the Month:  Rafael Bejarano

Honorable mention:  Victor Espinoza

Rafael Bejarano won a Grade 1, a Grade 2, and a Grade 3 in December to earn the Jockey of the Month award.

Victor Espinoza had two wins and two seconds in graded stakes races in December to earn the Honorable Mention.

Trainer of the Month:  Bob Baffert

Honorable mention:  Bruce Headley

Bob Baffert won only one graded stakes race in December, but that win and two second place finishes all came in Grade 1 races and that gave him more than enough points to win Trainer of the Month.

M One Rifle’s win in the Malibu, and a second by Silver Swallow in the Bayakoa, earned Bruce Headley the Honorable Mention.

2010 Graded Stakes announced

December 4, 2009 by · Comments Off on 2010 Graded Stakes announced
Filed under: Breeders' Cup, Horse Racing, Triple Crown 

The American Graded Stakes Committee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced on Tuesday the results of their review of 723 unrestricted stakes races run in the United States and assigned grades to 487 of them for 2010, a decrease of 2 from 2009.

Changes of note:

  • The Arkansas Derby, a major stepping stone on the road to the Kentucky Derby, is now a Grade 1
  • Saratoga sees the Alfred G. Vanderbilt elevated to a Grade 1, but the Go For Wand is demoted to a Grade 2
  • Three more Breeders’ Cup races are assigned grades:  Juvenile Filles Turf & Turf Sprint are now Grade 2’s and the Marathon is now a Grade 3.  All three were ungraded in 2009.  All 14 Breeders’ Cup races are now graded.
  • Putting up millions of dollars in purses over the past seven years has finally paid off for Sunland Park as the Sunland Derby has been designated a Grade 3 for 2010.  With an announced purse of $800,000, it should be very popular with trainers looking to pick up the necessary graded stakes earnings to qualify for the Kentucky Derby.

For a complete list of graded stakes races, visit our 2010 Graded Stakes Database