|Date||Race Track||Horse Race||Grade||Purse||Age/Sex||Distance|
|Nov 26||Aqueduct||Fall Highweight Handicap||III||$250,000||3&up||6f Dirt|
|Nov 26||Churchill Downs||Falls City Handicap||II||$200,000||3&up f/m||9f Dirt|
|Nov 26||Churchill Downs||River City Handicap||III||$100,000||3&up||9f Turf|
|Nov 26||Del Mar||Hollywood Turf Cup||II||$250,000||3&up||12f Turf|
|Nov 27||Aqueduct||Go for Wand Handicap||III||$300,000||3&up f/m||8f Dirt|
|Nov 27||Churchill Downs||Clark Handicap||I||$500,000||3&up||9f Dirt|
|Nov 27||Churchill Downs||Commonwealth Turf||III||$100,000||3yo||8.5f Turf|
|Nov 27||Del Mar||Seabiscuit Handicap||II||$250,000||3&up||8.5f Turf|
|Nov 28||Aqueduct||Cigar Mile Handicap||I||$500,000||3&up||8f Dirt|
|Nov 28||Aqueduct||Comely Stakes||III||$300,000||3yo f||9f Dirt|
|Nov 28||Aqueduct||Demoiselle Stakes||II||$300,000||2yo f||9f Dirt|
|Nov 28||Aqueduct||Remsen Stakes||II||$300,000||2yo||9f Dirt|
|Nov 28||Churchill Downs||Golden Rod Stakes||II||$200,000||2yo f||8.5f Dirt|
|Nov 28||Churchill Downs||Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes||II||$200,000||2yo||8.5f Dirt|
|Nov 28||Del Mar||Hollywood Derby||I||$300,000||3yo||9f Turf|
|Nov 28||Del Mar||Jimmy Durante Stakes||III||$100,000||2yo f||8f Turf|
|Nov 28||Del Mar||Native Diver Handicap||III||$150,000||3&up||9f Dirt|
|Nov 28||Hawthorne||Hawthorne Gold Cup Handicap||II||$250,000||3&up||10f Dirt|
|Nov 29||Del Mar||Cecil B. DeMille Stakes||III||$100,000||2yo||8f Turf|
|Nov 29||Del Mar||Matriarch Stakes||I||$300,000||3&up f/m||8f Turf|
|Nov 29||Golden Gate||Berkeley Handicap||III||$100,000||3&up||8.5f AW|
|Nov 29||Woodbine||Valedictory Stakes||III||$150,000||3&up||14f AW|
|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||8:55 PM|
|Australia B||9:18 PM|
|Australia C||9:45 PM|
|Bluffs Run Mat||5:00 PM|
|Daytona Beach Eve||7:24 PM|
|Dayton Raceway||6:34 PM|
|Delta Downs||6:39 PM|
|Dover Downs||4:36 PM|
|Finger Lakes||12:17 PM|
|Monticello Raceway||12:30 PM|
|Northfield Park||6:00 PM|
|Palm Beach Mat||1:03 PM|
|Parx Racing||12:26 PM|
|Pompano Park||7:29 PM|
|Portland Meadows||3:01 PM|
|Rosecroft Raceway||6:39 PM|
|Sarasota Mat||12:32 PM|
|Turf Paradise||2:57 PM|
|Western Fair||6:15 PM|
|Wheeling Downs Mat||12:31 PM|
|Yonkers Raceway||1:01 PM|
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The Grade 2 Seabiscuit Handicap comes our way from Del Mar Race Track in Del Mar, California on Black Friday, November 29. Horses three years old and upward will be after the winner's share of the $250,000 when they take to Del Mar's turf track and race 1 1/16 miles.
The Grade 2 Hollywood Turf Cup Stakes comes our way from Del Mar in the great state of California this Thanksgiving Thursday, November 26. Horses three years old and upward will be featured when they saddle up and go 1 1/2 miles for a purse of $250,000.
Aqueduct in Queens, New York will play host to the Grade 3 Fall Highweight Handicap on Thursday, November 28. Horses three years old and upward will take to Aqueduct's dirt track and dash six furlongs searching for the winner's share of the $250,000 purse.
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Woodbine in Toronto, Ontario will be the scene of the Grade 2 Kennedy Road Stakes on Sunday, November 22. Horses three years old and upward will be featured when they take to Woodbine's All Weather Track and dash seven furlongs searching for the winner's share of the $200,000 purse.
The Grade 3 Tropical Turf Handicap is on tap for this Saturday, November 21 from Gulfstream Park West in Miami Gardens, Florida. Horses three years old and upward will take to Gulfstream Park's turf track and race 1 1/16 miles for the winner's share of the $100,000 purse.
Gulfstream Park West in Miami Gardens, Florida will play host to the Grade 3 My Charmer Handicap on Saturday, November 21. A purse of $100,000 will be on the line for fillies and mares three years old and upward willing to go 1 1/16 miles on Gulfstream Park West's turf track.
The Grade 3 Red Carpet Handicap is on tap for Del Mar in the great state of California this Saturday, November 21. Fillies and mares three years old and upward will take to Del Mar's turf track and race 1 3/8 miles searching for the winner's share of the $100,000 purse.
The Grade 3 Delta Downs Jackpot comes our way this Saturday, November 21 from Delta Downs Racetrack Casino & Hotel in Vinton, Louisiana. Two year olds will be featured when they take to Delta Downs dirt track and go 1 1/16 miles for a lucrative $1 million purse and 10 qualifying points on the Road to the Kentucky Derby.
Delta Downs in Vinton, Louisiana will be the scene of the Grade 3 Delta Downs Princess Stakes on Saturday, November 21. Two year old fillies will be after the winner's share of the $400,000 purse and the 10 qualifying points toward the Kentucky Oaks when they take to Delta Downs dirt track and race one mile.
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