Horse Racing - Graded Stakes Races

Date Race Track Horse Race Grade Purse Age/Sex Distance
Jun 19 Ascot Coventry Stakes II $203,000 2yo 6f Turf
Jun 19 Ascot King's Stand Stakes I $675,000 3&up 5f Turf
Jun 19 Ascot Queen Anne Stakes I $810,000 4&up 8f Turf
Jun 19 Ascot St James's Palace Stakes I $675,000 3yo c 8f Turf
Jun 20 Ascot Duke of Cambridge Stakes II $236,000 4&up f/m 8f Turf
Jun 20 Ascot Jersey Stakes III $122,000 3yo 7f Turf
Jun 20 Ascot Prince of Wales's Stakes I $1,013,000 4&up 10f Turf
Jun 20 Ascot Queen Mary Stakes II $149,000 2yo f 5f Turf
Jun 20 Ascot Queen's Vase Stakes II $270,000 3yo 14f Turf
Jun 21 Ascot Gold Cup I $675,000 4&up 20f Turf
Jun 21 Ascot Hampton Court Stakes III $122,000 3yo 10f Turf
Jun 21 Ascot Norfolk Stakes II $135,000 2yo 5f Turf
Jun 21 Ascot Ribblesdale Stakes II $270,000 3yo f 12f Turf
Jun 22 Ascot Albany Stakes III $122,000 2yo f 6f Turf
Jun 22 Ascot Commonwealth Cup I $675,000 3yo 6f Turf
Jun 22 Ascot Coronation Stakes I $675,000 3yo f 8f Turf
Jun 22 Ascot King Edward VII Stakes II $304,000 3yo c/g 12f Turf
Jun 23 Arlington Chicago Handicap III $100,000 3&up f/m 7f AW
Jun 23 Ascot Diamond Jubilee Stakes I $810,000 4&up 6f Turf
Jun 23 Ascot Hardwicke Stakes II $304,000 4&up 12f Turf
Jun 23 Santa Anita San Carlos Stakes II $250,000 3&up 7f Dirt
Jun 23 Thistledown Ohio Derby III $500,000 3yo 9f Dirt
Jun 23 Woodbine Singspiel Stakes III $125,000 3&up 12f Turf
Jun 24 Japan Racing Association Takarazuka Kinen I $2,685,000 3&up 11f Turf
Jun 24 Santa Anita Wilshire Stakes III $100,000 3&up f/m 8f Turf
Jun 30 Belmont Park Mother Goose Stakes II $250,000 3yo f 8.5f Dirt
Jun 30 Churchill Downs Bashford Manor Stakes III $100,000 2yo 6f Dirt
Jun 30 Gulfstream Park Princess Rooney Handicap II $250,000 3&up f/m 7f Dirt
Jun 30 Gulfstream Park Smile Sprint Handicap III $250,000 3&up 6f Dirt
Jun 30 Monmouth Park Eatontown Stakes III $100,000 3&up f/m 8.5f Turf
Jun 30 Monmouth Park Philip H. Iselin Stakes III $100,000 3&up 8.5f Dirt
Jun 30 Monmouth Park United Nations Stakes I $300,000 3&up 11f Turf
Jun 30 Woodbine Dance Smartly Stakes II $175,000 3&up f/m 10f Turf
Jun 30 Woodbine Highlander Stakes I $250,000 3&up 6f Turf
Jun 30 Woodbine King Edward Stakes II $175,000 3&up 8f Turf
Jul 1 Japan Racing Association CBC Sho III $700,000 3&up 6f Turf
Jul 1 Japan Racing Association Radio Nikkei Sho III $676,000 3yo 9f Turf
Jul 1 Woodbine Dominion Day Stakes III $125,000 3&up 10f AW
Graded Stakes Race Results

What is a Graded Stakes Race in Thoroughbred Horse Racing?

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:

  • Purse Requirement: That the race has a purse of more than $75,000.
  • Longevity: That the race has been run for two years under the same conditions.
  • Drug Testing: That post race drug testing is managed by a governmental authority.
  • Restrictions: That the race may be restricted only in age and gender.
  • Anabolic Steroid Testing : Boldenone, Nandrolone, Stanozolol, and Testosterone are only allowed to be used.
  • Toe Grabs: Cannot be more than two millimeters long.

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.

Explanation of the American Graded Stakes Process

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.

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OTB Schedule - Saturday, Jun 23

Race Tracks Time (EST)
Arapahoe Park 3:00 PM
Ascot P4 9:29 AM
Ascot (UK) 9:29 AM
Assiniboia Downs 7:35 PM
Australia A 9:30 PM
Australia B 10:10 PM
Australia C 10:25 PM
Australia D 10:55 PM
Ayr Races (UK) 8:52 AM
Belmont Park 1:30 PM
Belterra Park 1:20 PM
Birmingham Eve 7:15 PM
Birmingham Mat 2:00 PM
Buffalo Raceway 6:00 PM
Century Downs H 3:15 PM
Charles Town 7:00 PM
Charlottetown 6:00 PM
Curraheen (IG) 2:50 PM
Daytona Beach Eve 7:25 PM
Daytona Beach Mat 1:05 PM
Delaware Park 1:15 PM
Delta Downs 7:15 PM
Down Royal (IRE) 9:04 AM
Dundalk (IG) 3:05 PM
Emerald Downs 8:10 PM
Evangeline Downs 6:50 PM
Fairmount Park 8:30 PM
Finger Lakes 1:10 PM
Flagler Eve 7:00 PM
Flagler Mat 12:15 PM
Galway (IG) 2:52 PM
Georgian Downs 7:15 PM
Gowran (IRE) 8:53 AM
Gulfstream Tropical 12:45 PM
Hambeltonian Future
Hastings Park 4:50 PM
Hawthorne (H) 8:10 PM
Haydock Park (UK) 1:15 PM
Iowa Greyhound Park Eve 7:30 PM
Kenilworth (SAF) 6:47 AM
Laurel Park 1:11 PM
Lifford (IG) 3:02 PM
Limerick (IG) 2:39 PM
Lingfield (UK) 1:01 PM
Lone Star Park 3:35 PM
Los Alamitos (QH) 9:30 PM
Louisiana Downs 4:15 PM
Meadowlands (H) 7:15 PM
Monmouth Park 12:51 PM
Mullingar (IG) 2:48 PM
Newmarket (UK) 9:12 AM
New Zealand 7:05 PM
Northfield Park 6:00 PM
Northlands Park (TB) 3:00 PM
Northville Downs 7:30 PM
Orange Park Eve 7:45 PM
Orange Park Mat 12:36 PM
Palm Beach Eve 7:00 PM
Palm Beach Mat 1:01 PM
Parx Racing 12:56 PM
Penn National 6:00 PM
Perth (UK) 9:11 AM
Pleasanton 4:45 PM
Pocono Downs 7:00 PM
Port Augusta 11:20 PM
Prairie Meadows (TB) 2:00 PM
Redcar (UK) 8:42 AM
Ruidoso Downs 3:00 PM
Running Aces 7:00 PM
Sanford Eve 7:35 PM
Sanford Mat 1:30 PM
Santa Anita Park 3:00 PM
Saratoga Harness 6:45 PM
Scarborough Downs 4:30 PM
Scioto Downs 6:30 PM
Scotsville (SAF) 5:55 AM
Seoul Korea 9:45 PM
Sha Tin (HK) 1:00 AM
Shelbourne Park (IG) 2:42 PM
Southland Eve 8:30 PM
Southland Mat 2:00 PM
Thistledown 1:12 PM
Thurles (IG) 3:02 PM
Tioga Downs 6:15 PM
Tralee (IG) 2:44 PM
Tri-State Twi 5:00 PM
Vernon Downs 6:10 PM
Waterford (IG) 2:46 PM
Wheeling Downs Eve 5:30 PM
Wheeling Downs Mat 1:02 PM
Woodbine at Mohawk 7:30 PM
Woodbine (TB) 1:02 PM
Yonkers Raceway 6:50 PM


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