10/07/2010 2:10PM

81 Grade 1's Down, 30 to Go


We're 72 percent of the way through the 2010 calendar of U.S. Grade 1 stakes, with 81 declared official and 30 still to be run. Here are the results so far, and the remaining schedule:

(Thanks as always for the sortable database of graded stakes at thoroughbredreport.com)

I've boldfaced the most recent victories by the horses, trainers and jockeys who head up the leaderboards, which look like this as of Oct. 8:


Of the four horses with three or more Grade 1 wins, only Proviso is scheduled to run before the Breeders' Cup (in the G1 First Lady at Keeneland Saturday). By virtue of her victory in the G1 Kilroe Mile, Proviso is also the only filly or mare to have won a U.S. Grade 1 race against males so far this year. As for unrestricted (by age or sex) Grade 1's, Quality Road is the national leader with three such victories, with Blame, Richard's Kid and Winchester the only other multiple unrestricted winners.

Among the trainers, Pletcher's 12 Grade 1's have come with eight different horses: Quality Road (3), Devil May Care (2), Life at Ten (2), Discreetly Mine, Eskendereya, Malibu Prayer, R Heat Lightning and Super Saver. Baffert has won two with Lookin at Lucky and Richard's Kid and one each with E Z's Gentleman, El Brujo, Gabby's Golden Gal and Misremembered.

Shirreffs has won five with Zenyatta plus the American Oaks with Harmonious. He appears to be the only trainer who has won Grade 1's on dirt (Apple Blossom), turf (Harmonious) and synthetic (Zenyatta's other four) this year. Pletcher's 12 have all been on dirt, while Baffert has won six on synthetics and two (Lookin at Lucky) on dirt.

Sadler has won his five Grade 1's with five different runners, none of them favorites: Crisp ($13.60, Santa Anita Oaks), Sidney's Candy ($9.60, Santa Anita Derby), Line of David ($36.60, Arkansas Derby), Mona de Momma ($19.20, Humana Distaff) and Tell a Kelly ($11.60, Del Mar Debutante.) Sadler's five Grade 1's this year match his total over the previous four years (one in 2006, 2007 and 2009 and two in 2008.)

Most of Smith's chart-topping 11 Grade 1's have come aboard Zenyatta (5) and Proviso (3), with one-shots on Drosselmeyer (Belmont), Jaycito (Norfolk), and Richard's Kid (Goodwood) completing his tally. All 10 of Velazquez's Grade 1's have come aboard Pletcher trainees -- all of the trainer's G1's except Super Saver's Kentucky Derby (Borel) and R Heat Lightning's Spinaway (Gomez), both races in which Velazquez rode a different Pletcher entrant (Devil May Care in the Derby, Stopspendingmaria in the Spinaway.) 

The 31 remaining Grade 1's include seven such races on Saturday; the 10 of the 14 Breeders' Cup races that are Grade 1's (the Marathon is a G3, the Turf Sprint, Juvenile Turf and Juvenile Turf Fillies are G2's); and a surprising 11 G1's after the Breeders' Cup.

[Update: Chart updated to reflect that the Citation at Hollywood is a Grade 2 race this year.)