|Date||Race Track||Horse Race||Grade||Purse||Age/Sex||Distance|
|Apr 24||Keeneland||III||$150,000||4&up f/m||12f T|
|Apr 25||Keeneland||II||$250,000||4&up||12f T|
|Apr 25||Santa Anita||III||$100,000||3&up||9f T|
|Apr 26||Churchill Downs||
Derby Trial Stakes
|Apr 26||Golden Gate||III||$100,000||3&up||8f T|
|Apr 26||Lone Star||III||$200,000||3&up||8f|
|Apr 26||Woodbine||III||$150,000||4&up f/m||6f|
|Apr 27||Santa Anita||
|III||$100,000||3&up f/m||8f T|
|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)|
|Atlantic City||3:30 PM|
|Australia A||10:30 PM|
|Australia B||10:40 PM|
|Australia C||11:00 PM|
|Bluffs Run Mat||5:00 PM|
|Chester Downs Harrahs Philly||12:44 PM|
|Daytona Beach Mat||1:09 PM|
|Daytona Beach Twi||3:05 PM|
|Evangeline Downs||6:39 PM|
|Flamboro Downs||5:59 PM|
|Freehold Raceway||12:39 PM|
|Gulf Eve||7:00 PM|
|Hollywood Greyhound Eve||7:00 PM|
|Hollywood Greyhound Mat||5:00 PM|
|Lone Star Park||7:35 PM|
|Maywood Park||8:10 PM|
|Northfield Park||5:59 PM|
|Palm Beach Mat||1:02 PM|
|Penn National||5:59 PM|
|Prairie Meadows (TB)||7:30 PM|
|Remington Park||7:00 PM|
|Rideau Carleton||6:29 PM|
|Sam Houston||8:00 PM|
|Sanford Mat||1:34 PM|
|Saratoga Harness||6:44 PM|
|Southland Mat||5:00 PM|
|St Johns Eve||7:45 PM|
|Tri-State Eve||7:00 PM|
|Woodbine (H)||7:25 PM|
|Yonkers Raceway||7:10 PM|
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Golden Gate Fields in Berkeley, California will be the scene of the Grade 3 San Francisco Mile Stakes this Saturday, April 26. Horses three years old and upward will hit Golden Gate's turf track and go one mile searching for the winner's portion of the $100,000 purse.
The Grade 3 Whimsical Stakes goes down at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario this Saturday, April 26. A purse of $150,000 will be on the line for fillies and mares four years old and upward willing to dash six furlongs on Woodbine's All Weather track.
Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas will play host to the Grade 3 Texas Mile Stakes this Saturday, April 26. Horses three years old and upward will be featured in this one mile test as they chase this winner's share of the $200,000 purse on Lone Star's dirt track.
The Grade 2 Dixiana Elkhorn Stakes comes our way from Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky this Friday, April 25 - closing day of the Spring 2014 meet. A purse of $250,000 will be on the line for horses four years old and upward willing to go 1 1/2 miles on Keeneland's turf track.
Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California will play host to the Grade 3 Last Tycoon Stakes on Friday, April 25. Horses three years old and upward will be featured as they go 1 1/8 miles on Santa Anita's turf track searching for the winner's share of the $100,000 purse.
The Grade 3 Bewitch Stakes comes our way this Thursday, April 24 from Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky. Fillies and mares four years old and upward will take to Keeneland's turf track and go 1 1/8 miles searching for the winner's portion of the $150,000 purse.
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The Grade 3 Coolmore Lexington Stakes is on tap for Keeneland Race Course this Saturday, April 19 - it offers one final chance for three year olds to sneak into the Kentucky Derby in a couple weeks time. Three year old Derby hopefuls will take to Keeneland's dirt track and race 1 1/16 miles looking for the winner's share of the $200,000 purse and the all-important 10 qualifying points toward the Kentucky Derby May 3.
The Grade 3 Ben Ali Stakes comes our way from Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky this Saturday, April 19. A group of horses four years old and upward will be after the winner's share of the $150,000 purse when they go 1 1/8 miles on Keeneland's dirt track.
Hawthorne Race Course in Cicero, Illinois will be the scene of the Grade 3 Sixty Sails Handicap this Saturday, April 19. The race will feature fillies and mares three years old and upward that are willing to race 1 1/8 miles on Hawthorne's main track for a purse of $150,000.
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