|Date||Race Track||Horse Race||Grade||Purse||Age/Sex||Distance|
|Aug 2||Del Mar||I||$300,000||3&up f/m||8.5f AW|
Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap
|Aug 2||Saratoga||I||$500,000||3yo f||7f|
Whitney Handicap *BC*
|Aug 3||Del Mar||
Best Pal Stakes
Seagram Cup Stakes
|Aug 6||Del Mar||Sorrento Stakes||II||$200,000||2yo f||6.5f AW|
National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame
|Aug 9||Del Mar||
La Jolla Handicap
|Aug 9||Ellis Park||
|Aug 9||Monmouth Park||
|Aug 10||Del Mar||
John C. Mabee Stakes
|II||$250,000||3&up f/m||9f T|
Saratoga Special Stakes
Play the King Stakes
|Graded Stakes Race Results|
A graded stakes race is a term applied by the American Graded Stakes Committee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association to thoroughbred horse races in the United States and Canada to describe races that derive their name from the stake, or entry fee, owners must pay. These fees, to which the track adds an additional amount, constitute the total amount from which prize money is paid to the first, second, third, and usually fourth place finishers. There are three different levels of stakes races, the top ranking, and therefore purse, being a Grade I Stakes. They are higher-class races for bigger prizes and often involve competitors that belong to the same gender, age and class. These races may, though, be "weight-for-age", with weights adjusted only according to age, and also there are 'set weights' where all horses carry the same weight. Furthermore, there are "conditions" races, in which horses carry weights that are set by conditions, such as having won a certain number of races, or races of a certain value.
The American Graded Stakes Committee uses as part of its criteria for the grading:
In the United States and Canada, a graded race can be dormant for one year without losing its grade. Also, as long as the race meets these requirements, the Committee grades on the overall quality of the previous fields and the performance of horses in the previous fields in stakes both prior to and after the race. For example: if the winner of the Breeders' Cup Classic raced in the Santa Anita Handicap then the race would almost certainly be a Grade One.
The purpose of the American Graded Stakes Committee is to provide owners and breeders of Thoroughbred horses a reliable guide to the relative quality of Thoroughbred bloodstock by identifying those U.S. races whose recent renewals have consistently attracted the highest quality competition. The Committee meets annually to evaluate and affirm the relative quality of these races, and issues its collective opinion in the form of ranked Grades: Grade I, Grade II, and Grade III, with Grade I being the highest. Horses winning these graded races may reliably be considered as superior racing stock, and the breeding stock producing them as superior breeding stock.
The grading of races began as a TOBA project in 1973, primarily at the request of European authorities anxious that North America have a method, similar to their Pattern race system implemented in 1972, for identifying the highest quality black-type events. In January, 1974, The Blood-Horse published the first list of 330 North American Graded Stakes. This list was immediately incorporated into Weatherby's Pattern Race book for the English Jockey Club; Fasig-Tipton Co. incorporated North American grades in its catalogues in 1975; Keeneland Association followed suit in 1976; the Daily Racing Form adopted grade-listings in 1978.
In 1981 international auction houses and national breeders organizations and racing authorities formed the International Cataloguing Standards Committee "to achieve uniformity of cataloguing standards throughout the world," recognizing the TOBA North American Graded Stakes Committee as the grading authority for North American races. (In 1998, Canadian authorities received ICSC authority to grade Canadian races independently, and the TOBA Committee became the American Graded Stakes Committee.)
Broad acceptance of the graded stakes system allows its potential use for promotional and other purposes. Racetracks may benefit from having their races graded, just as a graded win may increase a racehorse's value. While the Committee recognizes that individuals and organizations may utilize grading for purposes beyond the Committee's own, such uses play no role in the grading process. As was true at the beginning of the grading project in 1973, the Committee's aim is to identify and assess those races which over a stated period have attracted the highest importance and quality of field - quality herein defined in terms of the relative of excellence of participating horses.
Despite the European connection to the origin of grading races and the international application of U.S. grades, it must be kept in mind that our racing differs fundamentally from racing in other countries: in most countries, stakes events are set forth by a central authority, and changes to major fixtures are made under the aegis of a central governing body. U.S. racing, however, is de-centralized, and no such uniform control can exist. U.S. racing and stakes programs are dynamic products of regulatory, contractual, and competitive conditions in many local and regional environments. The U.S. grading system is designed to accommodate the flexibility and dynamism of U.S. racing; a grading system that could not quickly respond to our ever-changing conditions would never be appropriate in our country. Judgment and flexibility thus must always be a part of the system.
|Race Tracks||Time (EST)|
|Australia A||9:43 PM|
|Australia B||10:35 PM|
|Australia C||10:45 PM|
|Belterra Park||1:31 PM|
|Bluffs Run Mat||5:01 PM|
|Charles Town||7:01 PM|
|Chester Downs Harrahs Philly||12:49 PM|
|Daytona Beach Eve||7:27 PM|
|Delaware Park||1:16 PM|
|Del Mar||5:06 PM|
|Dubuque Eve||8:01 PM|
|Evangeline Downs||6:46 PM|
|Gulf Eve||8:02 PM|
|Gulfstream Park||1:24 PM|
|Jacksonville Eve||7:48 PM|
|Louisiana Downs||3:54 PM|
|Maywood Park||8:20 PM|
|Monticello Raceway||12:55 PM|
|Northfield Park||6:16 PM|
|Ocean Downs||7:21 PM|
|Palm Beach Mat||1:04 PM|
|Penn National||6:05 PM|
|Prairie Meadows (TB)||7:30 PM|
|Presque Isle||5:26 PM|
|Rideau Carleton||6:32 PM|
|Sanford Mat||1:32 PM|
|Santa Rosa||4:16 PM|
|Saratoga Harness||7:11 PM|
|Saratoga TB||12:26 PM|
|Scarborough Downs||4:31 PM|
|Scioto Downs||6:38 PM|
|Southland Mat||5:02 PM|
|Tri-State Eve||7:01 PM|
|Vernon Downs||6:48 PM|
|Yonkers Raceway||7:13 PM|
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Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, New York will be the scene of the biggest race of the weekend - the Grade 1 Whitney Handicap which goes on Saturday, August 2. A stellar purse of $1.5 million will be on the line for horses three years old and upward willing to go 1 1/8 miles on Saratoga's main track.
The Grade 1 Test Stakes comes our way from Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, New York on Saturday, August 2. A group of three year old fillies will chase the winner's portion of the $500,000 purse when they go seven furlongs on Saratoga's main track.
Del Mar Race Track in the great state of California will play host to the Grade 1 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes on Saturday, August 2. Fillies and mares three years old and upward will be featured as they go 1 1/16 miles on Del Mar's All Weather Track searching for the winner's share of the $300,000 purse and an automatic bid into the Breeders' Cup Distaff.
Mountaineer Casino Racetrack & Resort in New Cumberland, West Virginia will be the scene of the Grade 2 West Virginia Derby on Saturday, August 2. Three year olds will take to Mountaineer's main track and go 1 1/8 miles searching for the winner's share of the very nice $750,000 purse.
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The Grade 1 Haskell Invitational Handicap will be contested this Sunday, July 27 at Monmouth Park in Oceanside, New Jersey. A healthy $1 million purse will be on the line for three year olds willing to go 1 1/8 miles on Monmouth Park's main track.
Del Mar Race Track in Del Mar, California will play host to the Grade 2 San Diego Handicap this Saturday, July 26. Horses three years old and upward will be featured as they go 1 1/16 miles on Del Mar's All Weather Track searching for the winner's share of the $200,000 purse.
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Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario will be the scene of the Grade 3 Ontario Matron Stakes on Saturday, July 26. Fillies and mares three years old and upward will take to Woodbine's All Weather Track and race 1 1/16 miles searching for the winner's portion of the $150,000 purse.
The Grade 2 Jim Dandy Stakes comes our way from Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, New York this Saturday, July 26. A nice purse of $600,000 will be on the line for three year olds willing to go 1 1/8 miles on Saratoga's dirt track.
The Grade 2 Amsterdam Stakes comes our way from Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, New York on Saturday, July 26. Three year olds will take to Saratoga's main track and dash six and one half furlongs in search of the winner's portion of the $200,000 purse.
The Grade 3 Cougar II Handicap comes our way from Del Mar Race Track in Del Mar, California on Friday, July 25. Horses three years old and upward will take to Del Mar's All Weather Track and go 1 1/2 miles searching for the winner's share of the $100,000 purse.
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