|Date||Race Track||Horse Race||Grade||Purse||Age/Sex||Distance|
|Aug 7||Saratoga||National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame||II||$200,000||3yo||8.5f T|
|Aug 8||Del Mar||Best Pal Stakes||II||$200,000||2yo||6.5f|
|Aug 8||Del Mar||John C. Mabee Stakes||II||$250,000||3&up f/m||9f T|
|Aug 8||Saratoga||Fasig-Tipton Waya Stakes||III||$200,000||3&up f/m||12f T|
|Aug 8||Saratoga||Test Stakes||I||$500,000||3yo f||7f|
|Aug 8||Woodbine||Seaway Stakes||III||$150,000||3&up f/m||7f AW|
|Aug 9||Del Mar||La Jolla Handicap||III||$150,000||3yo||8.5f T|
|Aug 12||Del Mar||Sorrento Stakes||II||$200,000||2yo f||6.5f|
|Aug 14||Saratoga||Knob Creek Lake Placid||II||$300,000||3yo f||9f T|
|Aug 15||Arlington Park||American St. Leger||III||$400,000||3&up||13.5f T|
|Aug 15||Arlington Park||Arlington Million XXXIII||I||$1,000,000||3&up||10f T|
|Aug 15||Arlington Park||Beverly D.||I||$750,000||3&up f/m||9.5f T|
|Aug 15||Arlington Park||Pucker Up Stakes||III||$100,000||3yo f||9f T|
|Aug 15||Arlington Park||Secretariat Stakes||I||$500,000||3yo||10f T|
|Aug 15||Del Mar||Del Mar Oaks||I||$300,000||3yo f||9f T|
|Aug 15||Northlands Park||Canadian Derby||III||$200,000||3yo||11f|
|Aug 15||Saratoga||Adirondack Stakes||II||$200,000||2yo f||6.5f|
|Aug 15||Saratoga||Fourstardave Handicap||II||$500,000||3&up||8f T|
|Aug 16||Del Mar||Rancho Bernardo Handicap||III||$100,000||3&up f/m||6.5f|
|Aug 16||Emerald Downs||Longacres Mile||III||$200,000||3&up||8f|
|Aug 16||Saratoga||Toyota Saratoga Special Stakes||II||$200,000||2yo||6.5f|
|Aug 16||Woodbine||Sky Classic Stakes||II||$200,000||3&up||10f 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)|
|Australia A||10:24 PM|
|Australia B||11:03 PM|
|Australia C||11:10 PM|
|Bluffs Run Mat||5:00 PM|
|Daytona Beach Eve||7:24 PM|
|Delaware Park||1:15 PM|
|Fairmount Park||2:02 PM|
|Finger Lakes||1:11 PM|
|Fort Erie||4:15 PM|
|Georgian Downs||7:14 PM|
|Monticello Raceway||12:55 PM|
|Mountaineer Park||6:59 PM|
|Northfield Park||5:59 PM|
|Palm Beach Mat||1:03 PM|
|Parx Racing||12:56 PM|
|Pocono Downs||6:29 PM|
|Presque Isle||5:25 PM|
|Running Aces||8:00 PM|
|Saratoga Harness||7:04 PM|
|Scioto Downs||2:09 PM|
|SunRay Park||3:33 PM|
|Wheeling Downs Mat||12:31 PM|
|Yonkers Raceway||1:02 PM|
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The Grade 3 Seagram Cup Stakes comes our way from Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario this Sunday, August 2. Horses three years old and upward will be after the winner's share of the $150,000 purse when they take to Woodbine's All Weather Track and go 1 1/16 miles.
Monmouth Park on the Jersey Shore will play host to reining Triple Crown winner American Pharoah this Sunday, August 2 when the Grade 1 William Hill Haskell Invitational Stakes is contested. Three year olds will take to Monmouth's dirt track and race 1 1/8 miles searching for the winner's share of the generous $1.75 million purse.
The Grade 1 Alfred G Vanderbilt Handicap is on tap for Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, New York this Saturday, August 1. Horses three years old and upward will be after the winner's share of the $350,000 purse when they take to Saratoga's dirt track and race six furlongs.
The Grade 2 Jim Dandy Stakes comes our way from Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, New York on Saturday, August 1. 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 1 Clement L Hirsch Stakes comes our way from Del Mar in sunny Southern California this Saturday, August 4. Fillies and mares three years old and upward will be featured when they take to Del Mar's dirt track and race 1 1/16 miles searching for the winner's share of the $300,000 purse.
With less than a week left until Monmouth Park's signature event, the $1 million William Hill Haskell Invitational, the field continues to take shape. A diverse field of competitors will take on Triple Crown winner American Pharoah on Aug. 2.
Mountaineer Racetrack in New Cumberland, West Virginia will play host to the 46th running of the Grade 2 West Virginia Derby on Saturday, August 1. Horses three years old and upward will be featured when they take to Mountaineer's dirt track and go 1 1/8 miles for a generous purse of $750,000.
The Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks comes our way this Sunday, July 26 from Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, New York. Three year old fillies will be featured when they take to Saratoga's dirt track and race 1 1/8 miles searching for the winner's share of the $300,000 purse.
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