Horse Racing - 2017 Graded Stakes Race Results

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Date Track Race Name GR Purse Age/Sex D/S Horse Jockey Trainer
Jan 1 Gulfstream Park Mr. Prospector Stakes III $100,000 3&up 6f Dirt SQUADRON A C. Lanerie D. Romans
Jan 1 Santa Anita San Pasqual Stakes II $200,000 4&up 8.5f Dirt MIDNIGHT STORM R. Bejarano P. D'Amato
Jan 2 Aqueduct Jerome Stakes III $150,000 3yo 8.32f Dirt EL AREEB T. McCarthy C. Lynch
Jan 5 Japan Racing Association Kyoto Kimpai III $726,000 4&up 8f Turf DANTSU PRIUS (JPN) G. Maruyama K. Yamauchi
Jan 5 Japan Racing Association Nakayama Kimpai III $726,000 4&up 10f Turf SHINY PRINCE (JPN) T. Eda H. Kurita
Jan 7 Gulfstream Park Dania Beach Stakes III $100,000 3yo 7.5f Turf MADE YOU LOOK J. Castellano T. Pletcher
Jan 7 Santa Anita Las Cienegas Handicap III $100,000 4&up f/m abt 6.5f Turf Watch This Cat R. Baltas C. Nakatani
Jan 7 Santa Anita San Gabriel Stakes II $200,000 4&up 9f Turf BLUE TONE K. Desormeaux R. Hess, Jr.
Jan 7 Santa Anita Sham Stakes III $100,000 3yo 8f Dirt GORMLEY V. Espinoza J. Shirreffs
Jan 8 Japan Racing Association Fairy Stakes III $625,000 3yo f 8f Turf Pompon (JPN) T. Kato K. Tanaka
Jan 8 Japan Racing Association Shinzan Kinen III $676,000 3yo 8f Turf Meisho Sobi (JPN) K. Take Y. Iida
Jan 8 Santa Anita Santa Ynez Stakes II $200,000 3yo f 7f Dirt UNIQUE BELLA M. Smith J. Hollendorfer
Jan 14 Gulfstream Park Fort Lauderdale Stakes II $200,000 4&up 8.5f Turf FLATLINED J. Bravo C. Dickey
Jan 14 Gulfstream Park Hal's Hope Stakes III $150,000 4&up 8f Dirt TOMMY MACHO L. Saez T. Pletcher
Jan 14 Gulfstream Park Marshua's River Stakes III $150,000 4&up f/m 8.5f Turf SANDIVA J. Castellano T. Pletcher
Jan 14 Japan Racing Association Aichi Hai III $639,000 4&up f/m 10f Turf LETHAL WEAPON (JPN) S. Kawashima Y. Arakawa
Jan 14 Santa Anita La Cañada Stakes II $200,000 4&up f/m 8.5f Dirt VALE DORI M. Smith B. Baffert
Jan 15 Japan Racing Association Keisei Hai III $676,000 3yo 10f Turf NISHINO AMORE (JPN) T. Ono H. Uehara
Jan 16 Aqueduct Toboggan Stakes III $125,000 4&up 6f Dirt GREEN GRATTO K. Carmouche G. Grant
Jan 16 Santa Anita Megahertz Stakes III $100,000 4&up f/m 8f Turf PRIZE EXHIBIT M. Smith J. Cassidy
Jan 17 Japan Racing Association Nikkei Shinshun Hai II $1,017,000 4&up 12f Turf KAFUJI PRINCE (JPN) Y. Fukunaga Y. Yahagi
Jan 21 Fair Grounds Col. E.R. Bradley Handicap III $125,000 4&up abt 8.5f Turf GRANNY'S KITTEN M. Mena M. Maker
Jan 21 Fair Grounds Lecomte Stakes III $200,000 3yo 8.32f Dirt GUEST SUITE R. Albarado N. Howard
Jan 21 Santa Anita Santa Monica Stakes II $200,000 4&up f/m 7f Dirt FINEST CITY M. Smith I. Kruljac
Jan 22 Japan Racing Association American Jockey Club Cup II $1,112,000 4&up 11f Turf SHONAN BACH (JPN) M. Matsuoka H. Uehara
Jan 22 Japan Racing Association Tokai Stakes II $984,000 4&up 9f Dirt ASUKANO ROMAN (JPN) R. Wada Y. Kawamura
Jan 28 Gulfstream Park Hurricane Bertie Stakes III $100,000 4&up f/m 7f Dirt CURLIN'S APPROVAL L. Saez M. Wolfson
Jan 28 Gulfstream Park La Prevoyante Handicap III $200,000 4&up f/m 12f Turf SUFFUSED J. Ortiz W. Mott
Jan 28 Gulfstream Park Pegasus World Cup Invitational I $12,000,000 4&up 9f Dirt ARROGATE M. Smith B. Baffert
Jan 28 Gulfstream Park W.L. McKnight Handicap III $200,000 4&up 12f Turf TAGHLEEB T. Gaffalione M. Maker
Jan 29 Sam Houston Houston Ladies Classic III $400,000 4&up f/m 8.5f Dirt UNBRIDLED MO J. Ortiz T. Pletcher
Jan 29 Sam Houston John B. Connally Turf Cup III $250,000 4&up 12f Turf BIGGER PICTURE J. Ortiz M. Maker
Jan 29 Japan Racing Association Negishi Stakes III $676,000 4&up 7f Dirt A SHIN BAKKEN (JPN) Y. Iwata H. Nakao
Jan 29 Japan Racing Association Silk Road Stakes III $700,000 4&up 6f Turf EARTH SONIC (JPN) Y. Furukawa K. Nakatake
Feb 4 Aqueduct Withers Stakes III $250,000 3yo 8.5f Dirt EL AREEB T. McCarthy C. Lynch
Feb 4 Gulfstream Park Forward Gal Stakes II $200,000 3yo f 7f Dirt TEQUILITA L. Saez M. Matz
Feb 4 Gulfstream Park Holy Bull Stakes II $350,000 3yo 8.5f Dirt IRISH WAR CRY J. Rosario H. Motion
Feb 4 Gulfstream Park Swale Stakes II $200,000 3yo 7f Dirt FAVORABLE OUTCOME J. Castellano C. Brown
Feb 4 Gulfstream Park Sweetest Chant Stakes III $100,000 3yo f 8f Turf RYMSKA J. Rosario C. Brown
Feb 4 Santa Anita Palos Verdes Stakes II $200,000 4&up 6f Dirt ST. JOE BAY K. Desormeaux P. Miller
Feb 4 Santa Anita Robert B. Lewis Stakes III $150,000 3yo 8.5f Dirt ROYAL MO V. Espinoza J. Shirreffs
Feb 4 Santa Anita San Antonio Stakes II $300,000 4&up 9f Dirt HOPPERTUNITY F. Prat B. Baffert
Feb 4 Santa Anita San Marcos Stakes II $200,000 4&up 10f Turf ISOTHERM F. Prat G. Weaver
Feb 5 Japan Racing Association Kisaragi Sho III $676,000 3yo 9f Turf TAGANO ASURA (JPN) Y. Iwata T. Igarashi
Feb 5 Japan Racing Association Tokyo Shimbun Hai III $700,000 4&up 8f Turf PRODIGAL SON (JPN) H. Tanabe S. Kunieda
Feb 5 Santa Anita Las Virgenes Stakes II $200,000 3yo f 8f Dirt UNIQUE BELLA M. Smith J. Hollendorfer
Feb 11 Gulfstream Park Gulfstream Park Handicap II $350,000 4&up 8f Dirt SHARP AZTECA E. Zayas J. Navarro
Feb 11 Gulfstream Park Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap I $350,000 4&up 9f Turf ALMANAAR J. Rosario C. Brown
Feb 11 Gulfstream Park Suwannee River Stakes III $150,000 4&up f/m 9f Turf DICKINSON P. Lopez K. McLaughlin
Feb 11 Japan Racing Association Queen Cup III $625,000 3yo f 8f Turf      
Feb 11 Santa Anita Arcadia Stakes II $200,000 4&up 8f Turf BOLO M. Smith C. Gaines
Feb 11 Santa Anita Santa Maria Stakes II $200,000 4&up f/m 8.5f Dirt VALE DORI M. Smith B. Baffert
Feb 11 Tampa Bay Downs Lambholm South Endeavour Stakes III $150,000 4&up f/m 8.5f Turf ISABELLA SINGS J. Velazquez T. Pletcher
Feb 11 Tampa Bay Downs Sam F. Davis Stakes III $250,000 3yo 8.5f Dirt McCraken B. Hernandez, Jr. I. Wilkes
Feb 11 Tampa Bay Downs Tampa Bay Stakes III $150,000 4&up 8.5f Turf INSPECTOR LYNLEY J. Velazquez C. McGaughey III
Feb 12 Japan Racing Association Kyodo News Service Hai III $676,000 3yo 9f Turf SUAVE RICHARD (JPN) H. Shii Y. Shono
Feb 12 Japan Racing Association Kyoto Kinen II $1,112,000 4&up 11f Turf GARIBALDI (JPN) Y. Kawada H. Fujiwara
Feb 12 Santa Anita San Vicente Stakes II $200,000 3yo 7f Dirt ILIAD F. Prat D. O'Neill
Feb 18 Golden Gate Fields El Camino Real Derby III $200,000 3yo 9f AW ZAKAROFF K. Frey S. Specht
Feb 18 Gulfstream Park Royal Delta Stakes II $200,000 4&up f/m 8.5f Dirt CURLIN'S APPROVAL L. Saez M. Wolfson
Feb 18 Japan Racing Association Diamond Stakes III $726,000 4&up 17f Turf JUNGLE CRUISE (JPN) H. Shii K. Fujisawa
Feb 18 Japan Racing Association Kyoto Himba Stakes III $639,000 4&up f/m 7f Turf RINEHART (JPN) F. Matsuwaka N. Sugai
Feb 18 Laurel Park Barbara Fritchie Stakes II $300,000 4&up f/m 7f Dirt HIGH RIDGE ROAD H. Karamanos L. Rice
Feb 18 Laurel Park General George Stakes III $250,000 4&up 7f Dirt IMPERIAL HINT J. Pimentel L. Carvajal, Jr.
Feb 18 Oaklawn Park Bayakoa Stakes III $150,000 4&up f/m 8.5f Dirt TERRA PROMESSA R. Santana, Jr. S. Asmussen
Feb 18 Santa Anita Buena Vista Stakes II $200,000 4&up f/m 8f Turf WILD AT HEART F. Prat R. Mandella
Feb 19 Japan Racing Association February Stakes I $1,734,000 4&up 8f Dirt KAFUJI TAKE (JPN) A. Tsumura S. Yukubo
Feb 19 Japan Racing Association Kokura Daishoten III $726,000 4&up 9f Turf Red Solomon (JPN) S. Kato Y. Shono
Feb 20 Oaklawn Park Razorback Handicap III $500,000 4&up 8.5f Dirt GUN RUNNER F. Geroux S. Asmussen
Feb 20 Oaklawn Park Southwest Stakes III $500,000 3yo 8.5f Dirt ONE LINER J. Velazquez T. Pletcher
Feb 25 Fair Grounds Fair Grounds Handicap III $125,000 4&up abt 9f Turf ENTERPRISING J. Leparoux M. Maker
Feb 25 Fair Grounds Mineshaft Handicap III $125,000 4&up 8.5f Dirt HONORABLE DUTY J. Leparoux B. Walsh
Feb 25 Fair Grounds Rachel Alexandra Stakes II $200,000 3yo f 8.5f Dirt FARRELL C. Hill W. Catalano
Feb 25 Fair Grounds Risen Star Stakes II $400,000 3yo 8.5f Dirt GIRVIN B. Hernandez, Jr. J. Sharp
Feb 25 Gulfstream Park Gulfstream Park Sprint III $100,000 4&up 6.5f Dirt UNIFIED J. Ortiz J. Jerkens
Feb 25 Japan Racing Association Arlington Cup III $676,000 3yo 8f Turf MOIRA AITHON (JPN) K. Take Y. Ikee
Feb 26 Japan Racing Association Hankyu Hai III $726,000 4&up 7f Turf HIRUNO DEVARO (JPN) Y. Furukawa M. Kon
Feb 26 Japan Racing Association Nakayama Kinen II $1,112,000 4&up 9f Turf NEOREALISM (JPN) M. Demuro N. Hori
Mar 4 Aqueduct Gotham Stakes III $300,000 3yo 8.5f Dirt J BOYS ECHO R. Albarado D. Romans
Mar 4 Gulfstream Park Canadian Turf Stakes III $150,000 4&up 8f Turf HEART TO HEART J. Leparoux B. Lynch
Mar 4 Gulfstream Park Davona Dale Stakes II $200,000 3yo f 8f Dirt MISS SKY WARRIOR P. Lopez K. Breen
Mar 4 Gulfstream Park Fountain of Youth Stakes II $400,000 3yo 8.5f Dirt GUNNEVERA J. Castellano A. Sano
Mar 4 Gulfstream Park Fred W. Hooper Handicap III $100,000 4&up 8f Dirt BIRD SONG J. Leparoux I. Wilkes
Mar 4 Gulfstream Park Herecomesthebride Stakes III $100,000 3yo f 8.5f Turf DREAM DANCING J. Leparoux M. Casse
Mar 4 Gulfstream Park Mac Diarmida Stakes II $200,000 4&up 11f Turf WAKE FOREST J. Castellano C. Brown
Mar 4 Gulfstream Park Palm Beach Stakes III $100,000 3yo 8.5f Turf TICONDEROGA J. Rosario C. Brown
Mar 4 Gulfstream Park The Very One Stakes III $150,000 4&up f/m 9.5f Turf SUFFUSED J. Ortiz W. Mott
Mar 4 Japan Racing Association Ocean Stakes III $726,000 4&up 6f Turf EARTH SONIC (JPN) S. Ishibashi K. Nakatake
Mar 4 Japan Racing Association Tulip Sho III $625,000 3yo f 8f Turf ENTRY TICKET (JPN) D. Shibata T. Miya
Mar 4 Santa Anita Santa Ysabel Stakes III $100,000 3yo f 8.5f Dirt UNIQUE BELLA M. Smith J. Hollendorfer
Mar 5 Japan Racing Association Yayoi Sho II $971,000 3yo 10f Turf SMART ELEMENTS(JPN) M. Ebina Y. Shikato
Mar 5 Santa Anita Las Flores Stakes III $100,000 4&up f/m 6f Dirt PRETTY N COOL M. Garcia B. Baffert
Mar 11 Aqueduct Tom Fool Handicap III $200,000 4&up 6f Dirt SPARTIATIS R. Maragh L. Blusiewicz
Mar 11 Japan Racing Association Kinko Sho II $1,112,000 4&up 10f Turf STAPHANOS (JPN) Y. Kawada H. Fujiwara
Mar 11 Oaklawn Park Honeybee Stakes III $200,000 3yo f 8.5f Dirt IT TIZ WELL C. Nakatani J. Hollendorfer
Mar 11 Santa Anita Frank E. Kilroe Mile I $400,000 4&up 8f Turf BAL A BALI J. Castellano R. Mandella
Mar 11 Santa Anita San Felipe Stakes II $400,000 3yo 8.5f Dirt MASTERY M. Smith B. Baffert
Mar 11 Santa Anita Santa Anita Handicap I $750,000 4&up 10f Dirt SHAMAN GHOST J. Castellano J. Jerkens
Mar 11 Santa Anita Triple Bend Stakes I $400,000 4&up 7f Dirt DENMAN'S CALL T. Baze D. O'Neill
Mar 11 Tampa Bay Downs Florida Oaks III $200,000 3yo f 8.5f Turf FIFTY FIVE J. Ortiz T. Bush
Mar 11 Tampa Bay Downs Hillsborough Stakes II $200,000 4&up f/m 9f Turf DICKINSON P. Lopez K. McLaughlin
Mar 11 Tampa Bay Downs Tampa Bay Derby II $350,000 3yo 8.5f Dirt TAPWRIT J. Ortiz T. Pletcher
Mar 12 Japan Racing Association Fillies' Revue II $929,000 3yo f 7f Turf BELLE CAPRI (JPN) K. Ikezoe K. Nishiura
Mar 12 Japan Racing Association Nakayama Himba Stakes III $639,000 4&up f/m 9f Turf PEARL CODE (JPN) Y. Kawada M, Nakauchida
Mar 12 Santa Anita Santa Ana Stakes II $200,000 4&up f/m 9f Turf GOODYEARFORROSES C. Nakatani R. Baltas
Mar 18 Gulfstream Park Inside Information Stakes II $200,000 4&up f/m 7f Dirt DISTINTA J. Velazquez V. Barboza, Jr.
Mar 18 Japan Racing Association Falcon Stakes III $676,000 3yo 7f Turf LANIKAI SUNDAY (JPN) K. Yokose T. Tsushima
Mar 18 Oaklawn Park Azeri Stakes II $350,000 4&up f/m 8.5f Dirt STREAMLINE C. Landeros B. Williamson
Mar 18 Oaklawn Park Rebel Stakes II $900,000 3yo 8.5f Dirt MALAGACY J. Castellano T. Pletcher
Mar 18 Santa Anita Santa Margarita Stakes I $400,000 4&up f/m 9f Dirt VALE DORI R. Bejarano B. Baffert
Mar 19 Japan Racing Association Hanshin Daishoten II $1,199,000 4&up 15f Turf REVE MISTRAL (JPN) Y. Kawada T. Takano
Mar 19 Japan Racing Association Spring Stakes II $971,000 3yo 9f Turf MONDE CAN KNOW (JPN) T. Ono T. Yasuda
Mar 20 Japan Racing Association Flower Cup III $625,000 3yo f 9f Turf BRIGHT MOON (JPN) H. Tanabe R. Okubo
Mar 25 Gulfstream Park Skip Away Stakes III $100,000 4&up 9f Dirt FEAR THE COWBOY J. Rios E. Loza, Jr.
Mar 25 Japan Racing Association Mainichi Hai III $676,000 3yo 9f Turf KISEKI (JPN) A. Starke K. Sumii
Mar 25 Japan Racing Association Nikkei Sho II $1,199,000 4&up 12.5f Turf RECONDITE (JPN) S. Ishibashi H. Otonashi
Mar 25 Santa Anita San Luis Rey Stakes II $200,000 4&up 12f Turf ITSINTHEPOST T. Baze J. Mullins
Mar 25 Turfway Park Bourbonette Oaks III $100,000 3yo f 8f AW PURELY A DREAM R. Albarado K. McPeek
Mar 25 Turfway Park Spiral Stakes III $500,000 3yo 9f AW FAST AND ACCURATE T. Gaffalione M. Maker
Mar 26 Japan Racing Association March Stakes III $639,000 4&up 9f Dirt LONDON TOWN (JPN) Y. Shibayama K. Makita
Mar 26 Japan Racing Association Takamatsunomiya Kinen I $1,754,000 4&up 6f Turf TALKING DRUM (JPN) K. Fujioka M. Saito
Mar 26 Sunland Park Sunland Derby III $800,000 3yo 9f Dirt HENCE A. Juarez, Jr. S. Asmussen
Apr 1 Fair Grounds Muniz Memorial Handicap II $300,000 4&up abt 9f Turf      
Apr 1 Fair Grounds New Orleans Handicap II $400,000 4&up 9f Dirt      
Apr 1 Fair Grounds Fair Grounds Oaks II $400,000 3yo f 8.5f Dirt      
Apr 1 Fair Grounds Louisiana Derby II $1,000,000 3yo 9f Dirt      
Apr 1 Gulfstream Park Appleton Stakes III $200,000 4&up 8f Turf      
Apr 1 Gulfstream Park Gulfstream Park Oaks II $250,000 3yo f 8.5f Dirt      
Apr 1 Gulfstream Park Honey Fox Stakes II $300,000 4&up f/m 8f Turf      
Apr 1 Gulfstream Park Orchid Stakes III $200,000 4&up f/m 11f Turf      
Apr 1 Gulfstream Park Pan American Stakes II $200,000 4&up 12f Turf      
Apr 1 Gulfstream Park Florida Derby I $1,000,000 3yo 9f Dirt      
Apr 1 Japan Racing Association Lord Derby Challenge Trophy III $700,000 4&up 8f Turf      
Apr 2 Aqueduct Top Flight Invitational Handicap III $200,000 4&up f/m 9f Dirt      
Apr 2 Japan Racing Association Osaka Hai I $2,142,000 4&up 10f Turf      
Apr 2 Santa Anita Tokyo City Cup III $100,000 4&up 12f Dirt      
Apr 7 Keeneland Transylvania Stakes III $150,000 3yo 8.5f Turf      
Apr 8 Aqueduct Bay Shore Stakes III $250,000 3yo 7f Dirt      
Apr 8 Aqueduct Carter Handicap I $400,000 4&up 7f Dirt      
Apr 8 Aqueduct Excelsior Stakes III $150,000 4&up 10f Dirt      
Apr 8 Aqueduct Gazelle Stakes II $300,000 3yo f 9f Dirt      
Apr 8 Aqueduct Wood Memorial Stakes II $750,000 3yo 9f Dirt      
Apr 8 Japan Racing Association Hanshin Himba Stakes II $984,000 4&up f/m 8f Turf      
Apr 8 Japan Racing Association New Zealand Trophy II $971,000 3yo 8f Turf      
Apr 8 Keeneland Central Bank Ashland Stakes I $500,000 3yo f 8.5f Dirt      
Apr 8 Keeneland Commonwealth Stakes III $250,000 4&up 7f Dirt      
Apr 8 Keeneland Madison Stakes I $300,000 4&up f/m 7f Dirt      
Apr 8 Keeneland Shakertown Stakes II $200,000 3&up 5.5f Turf      
Apr 8 Keeneland Toyota Blue Grass Stakes II $1,000,000 3yo 9f Dirt      
Apr 8 Santa Anita Providencia Stakes III $150,000 3yo f 9f Turf      
Apr 8 Santa Anita Royal Heroine Stakes II $200,000 4&up f/m 8f Turf      
Apr 8 Santa Anita Santa Anita Derby I $1,000,000 3yo 9f Dirt      
Apr 8 Santa Anita Santa Anita Oaks I $400,000 3yo f 8.5f Dirt      
Apr 9 Aqueduct Distaff Handicap III $150,000 4&up f/m 7f Dirt      
Apr 9 Japan Racing Association Oka Sho I $1,645,000 3yo f 8f Turf      
Apr 9 Keeneland Adena Springs Beaumont Stakes III $150,000 3yo f abt 7f Dirt      
Apr 13 Keeneland Appalachian Stakes III $125,000 3yo f 8f Turf      
Apr 14 Keeneland Maker's 46 Mile I $300,000 4&up 8f Turf      
Apr 14 Oaklawn Park Apple Blossom Handicap I $600,000 4&up f/m 8.5f Dirt      
Apr 14 Oaklawn Park Fantasy Stakes III $400,000 3yo f 8.5f Dirt      
Apr 15 Japan Racing Association Antares Stakes III $639,000 4&up 9f Dirt      
Apr 15 Keeneland Ben Ali Stakes III $200,000 4&up 9f Dirt      
Apr 15 Keeneland Coolmore Jenny Wiley Stakes I $350,000 4&up f/m 8.5f Turf      
Apr 15 Keeneland Stonestreet Lexington Stakes III $200,000 3yo 8.5f Dirt      
Apr 15 Oaklawn Park Arkansas Derby I $1,000,000 3yo 9f Dirt      
Apr 15 Oaklawn Park Count Fleet Sprint Handicap III $400,000 4&up 6f Dirt      
Apr 15 Oaklawn Park Oaklawn Handicap II $750,000 4&up 9f Dirt      
Apr 15 Santa Anita Los Angeles Handicap III $100,000 3&up 6f Dirt      
Apr 16 Japan Racing Association Satsuki Sho I $1,785,000 3yo 10f Turf      
Apr 21 Keeneland Hilliard Lyons Doubledogdare Stakes III $100,000 4&up f/m 8.5f Dirt      
Apr 22 Hollywood Casino At Charles Town Races Charles Town Classic II $1,250,000 4&up 9f Dirt      
Apr 22 Hawthorne Illinois Derby III $250,000 3yo 9f Dirt      
Apr 22 Japan Racing Association Fukushima Himba Stakes III $676,000 4&up f/m 9f Turf      
Apr 22 Keeneland Dixiana Elkhorn Stakes II $250,000 4&up 12f Turf      
Apr 22 Santa Anita Californian Stakes II $200,000 3&up 9f Dirt      
Apr 22 Santa Anita San Juan Capistrano Stakes III $100,000 4&up abt 14f Turf      
Apr 23 Japan Racing Association Flora Stakes II $929,000 3yo f 10f Turf      
Apr 23 Japan Racing Association Yomiuri Milers Cup II $1,059,000 4&up 8f Turf      
Apr 28 Keeneland Bewitch Stakes III $150,000 4&up f/m 12f Turf      
Apr 29 Golden Gate Fields San Francisco Mile III $100,000 3&up 8f Turf      
Apr 29 Japan Racing Association Aoba Sho II $971,000 3yo 12f Turf      
Apr 29 Santa Anita Thunder Road Stakes III $100,000 3&up 8f Turf      
Apr 30 Japan Racing Association Tenno Sho Spring I $2,685,000 4&up 16f Turf      
Apr 30 Santa Anita Santa Barbara Stakes III $100,000 3&up f/m 12f Turf      

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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