06/25/2011 6:00PM

Six Months of Grade 1's Down...


The Mother Goose Saturday afternoon was the final Grade 1 race in the United States for the first six months of 2011, and the 33rd of 112 such races slated for this year, meaning we're halfway through the calendar year if only 29 percent of the way through the Grade 1 schedule.

Here's the midseason scorecard, but before you peek, can you name the only horse to have won two Grade 1 races so far this year?

The 33 races have been won by 32 different horses, with only Get Stormy (Maker's Mark Mile, Woodford Reserve Turf Classic) winning two.

The results have not been quite as scattered among trainers and jockeys, with seven trainers having won more than one Grade 1, accounting for a combined 16 of the 33 races: Bob Baffert (Game On Dude/Santa Anita Handicap, Midnight Interlude/Santa Anita Derby and Plum Pretty/Kentucky Oaks) has won three, as has Dale Romans (Sassy Image/Humana Distaff, Shackleford/Preakness, C.S. Silk/Just a Game). Five other trainers have won two each: Tom Bush (Get Stormy's two G1 wins), Graham Motion (Toby's Corner/Wood Memorial, Animal Kingdom/Kentucky Derby), Todd Pletcher (Awesome Maria/Phipps, Buster's Ready/Mother Goose), John Sadler (Switch/Santa Monica, Zazu/Las Virgenes), and Nick Zito (Dialed In/Florida Derby, Morning Line/Carter.)

Pletcher, who led all trainers with 14 Grade 1 victories last year, got his first two of 2011 the last two Saturdays at Belmont. John Velazquez rode both to pull even with Joel Rosario at four Grade 1's each this year among jockeys.

The wide distribution of Grade 1 victories among horses is in part a reflection of the lack of multiple victories by the current 3-year-olds, which dates back to the crop's performance at 2. It seems unusual for an entire crop to have produced only two dual Grade 1 winners from 28 opportunities going back almost a year, but Uncle Mo and Turbulent Descent remain the only 3-year-olds of 2011 to have won two Grade 1 races in their careers: