|Date||Race Track||Horse Race||Grade||Purse||Age/Sex||Distance|
|Apr 17||Keeneland||III||$100,000||3yo f||8f T|
Hilliard Lyons Doubledogdare Stakes
|Apr 19||Aqueduct||II||$200,000||3&up f/m||6f|
Miami Mile Handicap
|Apr 19||Charles Town||II||$1,500,000||4&up||9f|
|Apr 19||Hawthorne||III||$150,000||3&up f/m||9f|
Coolmore Lexington 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||10:10 PM|
|Australia B||10:26 PM|
|Australia C||10:35 PM|
|Bluffs Run Mat||5:01 PM|
|Buffalo Raceway||6:43 PM|
|Cal Expo||9:22 PM|
|Charles Town||7:06 PM|
|Chester Downs Harrahs Philly||12:43 PM|
|Daytona Beach Eve||7:27 PM|
|Evangeline Downs||6:42 PM|
|Fraser Downs||3:46 PM|
|Freehold Raceway||12:39 PM|
|Golden Gate Fields||3:58 PM|
|Gulf Eve||8:01 PM|
|Gulfstream Park||1:28 PM|
|Hazel Park||7:32 PM|
|Hollywood Greyhound Eve||7:41 PM|
|Hollywood Greyhound Mat||5:06 PM|
|Lone Star Park||7:39 PM|
|Los Alamitos||10:03 PM|
|Maywood Park||8:15 PM|
|Meadowlands (H)||7:19 PM|
|Palm Beach Eve||7:02 PM|
|Palm Beach Mat||1:02 PM|
|Penn National||6:01 PM|
|Prairie Meadows (TB)||7:30 PM|
|Remington Park||7:01 PM|
|Sam Houston||8:03 PM|
|Sanford Eve||7:39 PM|
|Sanford Mat||1:33 PM|
|Saratoga Harness||6:51 PM|
|Scarborough Downs||4:02 PM|
|Southland Eve||8:32 PM|
|St Johns Eve||7:48 PM|
|SunRay Park||3:41 PM|
|Tampa Bay Downs||12:46 PM|
|Tri-State Eve||7:01 PM|
|Tucson Greyhound Eve||10:32 PM|
|Vernon Downs||6:47 PM|
|Wheeling Downs Eve||6:50 PM|
|Wheeling Downs Mat||12:31 PM|
|Woodbine (H)||7:28 PM|
|Woodbine (TB)||1:01 PM|
|Yonkers Raceway||7:13 PM|
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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.
The Grade 3 Illinois Derby comes our way this Saturday, April 19 from Hawthorne Race Course in Cicero, Illinois. A purse of $500,000 will be on the line for three year olds willing to go 1 1/8 miles on Hawthorne's main track.
Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races in the great state of West Virginia will play host to the Grade 2 Charles Town Classic this Saturday, April 19. A richest purse in North America outside of the Breeders' Cup and Triple Crown - $1.5 million will be on the line for horses four years old and upward willing to go 1 1/8 miles on Charles Town's main track.
The Grade 2 Distaff Handicap is on tap for Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens, New York this Saturday, April 19. Fillies and mares three years old and upward will take to Aqueduct's dirt track and dash six furlongs searching for the winner's share of the $200,000 purse.
The Grade 3 Hilliard Lyons Doubledogdare Stakes goes down at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky this Friday, April 18. Fillies and mares four years old and upward will take to Keeneland's All Weather Track and go 1 1/16 miles for the winner's share of the $100,000 purse.
Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky will play host to the Grade 3 Appalachian Stakes Presented by Japan Racing Association on Thursday, April 17. Fillies, three years old will be featured as they go one mile on Keeneland's turf track for a purse of $100,000.
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The Road to the Kentucky Derby is in the home stretch - just one qualifying race remains after the Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park and the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland were contested over the weekend.
The Grade 3 Santa Barbara Handicap comes our way this Sunday, April 13 from Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California. Fillies and mares four years old and upward will take to Santa Anita's turf track and go 1 1/4 miles for a purse of $150,000.
The Grade 2 Beaumont Stakes will be contested this Sunday, April 13 from Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky. Three year old fillies will be featured as they go seven furlongs on Keeneland's synthetic track for a purse of $200,000.
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