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 ENTERPRISING T. Gaffalione M. Maker
Apr 1 Fair Grounds New Orleans Handicap II $400,000 4&up 9f Dirt HONORABLE DUTY J. Graham B. Walsh
Apr 1 Fair Grounds Fair Grounds Oaks II $400,000 3yo f 8.5f Dirt FARRELL C. Hill W. Catalano
Apr 1 Fair Grounds Louisiana Derby II $1,000,000 3yo 9f Dirt GIRVIN B. Hernandez, Jr. J. Sharp
Apr 1 Gulfstream Park Appleton Stakes III $200,000 4&up 8f Turf ALL INCLUDED J. Castellano T. Pletcher
Apr 1 Gulfstream Park Gulfstream Park Oaks II $250,000 3yo f 8.5f Dirt SALTY J. Rosario M. Casse
Apr 1 Gulfstream Park Honey Fox Stakes II $300,000 4&up f/m 8f Turf CELESTINE J. Ortiz C. Clement
Apr 1 Gulfstream Park Orchid Stakes III $200,000 4&up f/m 11f Turf SUMMERSAULT P. Lopez M. Hennig
Apr 1 Gulfstream Park Pan American Stakes II $200,000 4&up 12f Turf SADLER'S JOY J. Leparoux T. Albertrani
Apr 1 Gulfstream Park Florida Derby I $1,000,000 3yo 9f Dirt ALWAYS DREAMING J. Velazquez T. Pletcher
Apr 1 Japan Racing Association Lord Derby Challenge Trophy III $700,000 4&up 8f Turf GRAND SILK (JPN) K. Tosaki H. Toda
Apr 2 Aqueduct Top Flight Invitational Handicap III $200,000 4&up f/m 9f Dirt MO' GREEN I. Ortiz, Jr. J. Servis
Apr 2 Japan Racing Association Osaka Hai I $2,142,000 4&up 10f Turf AMBITIOUS (JPN) Y. Fukunaga H. Otonashi
Apr 2 Santa Anita Tokyo City Cup III $100,000 4&up 12f Dirt HARD ACES S. Gonzalez J. Sadler
Apr 7 Keeneland Transylvania Stakes III $150,000 3yo 8.5f Turf BIG SCORE J. Castellano T. Yakteen
Apr 8 Aqueduct Bay Shore Stakes III $250,000 3yo 7f Dirt LONG HAUL BAY M. Franco C. Brown
Apr 8 Aqueduct Carter Handicap I $400,000 4&up 7f Dirt GREEN GRATTO C. DeCarlo G. Grant
Apr 8 Aqueduct Excelsior Stakes III $150,000 4&up 10f Dirt SEND IT IN J. Velazquez T. Pletcher
Apr 8 Aqueduct Gazelle Stakes II $300,000 3yo f 9f Dirt MISS SKY WARRIOR P. Lopez K. Breen
Apr 8 Aqueduct Wood Memorial Stakes II $750,000 3yo 9f Dirt IRISH WAR CRY R. Maragh H. Motion
Apr 8 Japan Racing Association Hanshin Himba Stakes II $984,000 4&up f/m 8f Turf TOSEN VICTORY (JPN) Y. Take K. Sumii
Apr 8 Japan Racing Association New Zealand Trophy II $971,000 3yo 8f Turf SUZUKA MAJOR (JPN) Y. Iwata M. Hashida
Apr 8 Keeneland Central Bank Ashland Stakes I $500,000 3yo f 8.5f Dirt SAILOR'S VALENTINE C. Lanerie E. Kenneally
Apr 8 Keeneland Commonwealth Stakes III $250,000 4&up 7f Dirt AWESOME SLEW J. Rosario M. Casse
Apr 8 Keeneland Madison Stakes I $300,000 4&up f/m 7f Dirt PAULASSILVERLINING J. Ortiz C. Brown
Apr 8 Keeneland Shakertown Stakes II $200,000 3&up 5.5f Turf HOLDING GOLD J. Rosario M. Casse
Apr 8 Keeneland Toyota Blue Grass Stakes II $1,000,000 3yo 9f Dirt IRAP J. Leparoux D. O'Neill
Apr 8 Santa Anita Providencia Stakes III $150,000 3yo f 9f Turf SIRCAT SALLY M. Smith J. Hollendorfer
Apr 8 Santa Anita Royal Heroine Stakes II $200,000 4&up f/m 8f Turf HILLHOUSE HIGH C. Nakatani R. Baltas
Apr 8 Santa Anita Santa Anita Derby I $1,000,000 3yo 9f Dirt GORMLEY V. Espinoza J. Shirreffs
Apr 8 Santa Anita Santa Anita Oaks I $400,000 3yo f 8.5f Dirt PARADISE WOODS F. Prat R. Mandella
Apr 9 Aqueduct Distaff Handicap III $150,000 4&up f/m 7f Dirt HIGHWAY STAR A. Arroyo R. Ubillo
Apr 9 Japan Racing Association Oka Sho I $1,645,000 3yo f 8f Turf VOUS ETES JOLIE (JPN) Y. Fukunaga M. Nakauchida
Apr 9 Keeneland Beaumont Stakes III $150,000 3yo f abt 7f Dirt SWEET LORETTA J. Castellano T. Pletcher
Apr 13 Keeneland Appalachian Stakes III $125,000 3yo f 8f Turf LA CORONEL F. Geroux M. Casse
Apr 14 Keeneland Maker's 46 Mile I $300,000 4&up 8f Turf AMERICAN PATRIOT J. Castellano T. Pletcher
Apr 14 Oaklawn Park Apple Blossom Handicap I $600,000 4&up f/m 8.5f Dirt STELLAR WIND V. Espinoza J. Sadler
Apr 14 Oaklawn Park Fantasy Stakes III $400,000 3yo f 8.5f Dirt EVER SO CLEVER L. Contreras S. Asmussen
Apr 15 Japan Racing Association Antares Stakes III $639,000 4&up 9f Dirt MEINER CROP (JPN) F. Matsuwaka Y. Iida
Apr 15 Keeneland Ben Ali Stakes III $200,000 4&up 9f Dirt WATERSHED P. Lopez K. McLaughlin
Apr 15 Keeneland Coolmore Jenny Wiley Stakes I $350,000 4&up f/m 8.5f Turf DICKINSON P. Lopez K. McLaughlin
Apr 15 Keeneland Stonestreet Lexington Stakes III $200,000 3yo 8.5f Dirt SENIOR INVESTMENT C. Hill K. McPeek
Apr 15 Oaklawn Park Arkansas Derby I $1,000,000 3yo 9f Dirt CLASSIC EMPIRE J. Leparoux M. Casse
Apr 15 Oaklawn Park Count Fleet Sprint Handicap III $400,000 4&up 6f Dirt WHITMORE R. Santana, Jr. R. Moquett
Apr 15 Oaklawn Park Oaklawn Handicap II $750,000 4&up 9f Dirt INSIDE STRAIGHT G. Franco R. Diodoro
Apr 15 Santa Anita Los Angeles Handicap III $100,000 3&up 6f Dirt LORD SIMBA M. Garcia B. Baffert
Apr 16 Japan Racing Association Satsuki Sho I $1,785,000 3yo 10f Turf SATONO ARES (JPN) K. Tosaki K. Fujisawa
Apr 21 Keeneland Hilliard Lyons Doubledogdare Stakes III $100,000 4&up f/m 8.5f Dirt UNBRIDLED MO J. Velazquez T. Pletcher
Apr 22 Hollywood Casino At Charles Town Races Charles Town Classic II $1,250,000 4&up 9f Dirt IMPERATIVE J. Castellano R. Hess, Jr.
Apr 22 Hawthorne Illinois Derby III $250,000 3yo 9f Dirt MULTIPLIER J. Graham B. Walsh
Apr 22 Japan Racing Association Fukushima Himba Stakes III $676,000 4&up f/m 9f Turf GUIMAUVE (JPN) K. Sameshima M. Ikezoe
Apr 22 Keeneland Dixiana Elkhorn Stakes II $250,000 4&up 12f Turf ITSINTHEPOST T. Baze J. Mullins
Apr 22 Santa Anita Californian Stakes II $200,000 3&up 9f Dirt COLLECTED M. Garcia B. Baffert
Apr 22 Santa Anita San Juan Capistrano Stakes III $100,000 4&up abt 14f Turf INORDINATE C. Nakatani R. Baltas
Apr 23 Japan Racing Association Flora Stakes II $929,000 3yo f 10f Turf MOZU KATCHAN (JPN) R. Wada I. Sameshima
Apr 23 Japan Racing Association Yomiuri Milers Cup II $1,059,000 4&up 8f Turf SHELBY (JPN) H. Shii K. Sasada
Apr 28 Keeneland Bewitch Stakes III $150,000 4&up f/m 12f Turf QUIET BUSINESS B. Hernandez, Jr. G. Arnold, II
Apr 29 Golden Gate Fields San Francisco Mile III $100,000 3&up 8f Turf ALERT BAY J. Hernandez B. Wright
Apr 29 Japan Racing Association Aoba Sho II $971,000 3yo 12f Turf TAGANO ASURA (JPN) H. Kitamura T. Igarashi
Apr 29 Santa Anita Thunder Road Stakes III $100,000 3&up 8f Turf FARHAAN T. Baze P. D'Amato
Apr 30 Japan Racing Association Tenno Sho Spring I $2,685,000 4&up 16f Turf SATONO DIAMOND (JPN) C. Lemaire Y. Ikee
Apr 30 Santa Anita Santa Barbara Stakes III $100,000 3&up f/m 12f Turf EVO CAMPO P. Gallagher R. Bejarano
May 5 Belmont Park Vagrancy Handicap III $200,000 4&up f/m 6.5f Dirt BY THE MOON R. Maragh M. Nevin
May 5 Churchill Downs Alysheba Stakes II $400,000 4&up 8.5f Dirt BIRD SONG J. Leparoux I. Wilkes
May 5 Churchill Downs Edgewood Stakes III $150,000 3yo f 8.5f Turf LA CORONEL F. Geroux M. Casse
May 5 Churchill Downs Eight Belles Stakes II $200,000 3yo f 7f Dirt BENNER ISLAND J. Castellano B. Cox
May 5 Churchill Downs La Troienne I $300,000 4&up f/m 8.5f Dirt BIG WORLD F. Geroux T. Amoss
May 5 Churchill Downs Longines Kentucky Oaks I $1,000,000 3yo f 9f Dirt ABEL TASMAN M. Smith B. Baffert
May 5 Churchill Downs Turf Sprint III $150,000 3&up 5f Turf GREEN MASK J. Castellano B. Cox
May 6 Belmont Park Fort Marcy Stakes III $150,000 4&up 9f Turf SMOOTH DADDY E. Cancel T. Albertrani
May 6 Belmont Park Sheepshead Bay Stakes II $200,000 4&up f/m 11f Turf SEA CALISI I. Ortiz, Jr. C. Brown
May 6 Belmont Park Westchester Stakes III $200,000 4&up 8f Dirt CONNECT I. Ortiz, Jr. C. Brown
May 6 Churchill Downs American Turf II $300,000 3yo 8.5f Turf ARKLOW M. Smith B. Cox
May 6 Churchill Downs Churchill Distaff Turf Mile II $300,000 4&up f/m 8f Turf ROCA ROJO F. Geroux C. Brown
May 6 Churchill Downs Churchill Downs II $500,000 4&up 7f Dirt LIMOUSINE LIBERAL J. Ortiz B. Colebrook
May 6 Churchill Downs Humana Distaff I $300,000 4&up f/m 7f Dirt PAULASSILVERLINING J. Ortiz C. Brown
May 6 Churchill Downs Kentucky Derby I $2,000,000 3yo 10f Dirt ALWAYS DREAMING J. Velazquez T. Pletcher
May 6 Churchill Downs Pat Day Mile III $250,000 3yo 8f Dirt WILD SHOT C. Lanerie G. Arnold, II
May 6 Churchill Downs Turf Classic Stakes I $500,000 4&up 9f Turf DIVISIDERO J. Leparoux W. Bradley
May 6 Japan Racing Association Kyoto Shimbun Hai II $971,000 3yo 11f Turf Kakeru Tesoro(USA) H. Miyuki K. Yoshimura
May 6 Santa Anita Senorita Stakes III $100,000 3yo f 8f Turf SIRCAT SALLY S. Elliott J. Hollendorfer
May 7 Japan Racing Association NHK Mile Cup I $1,695,000 3yo 8f Turf KNIGHT BANNERET (JPN) Y. Fujioka Y. Yahagi
May 7 Japan Racing Association Niigata Daishoten III $726,000 4&up 10f Turf MEINER FROST (JPN) Y. Tannai N. Takagi
May 7 Lone Star Park Steve Sexton Mile III $200,000 3&up 8f Dirt MOR SPIRIT M. Smith B. Baffert
May 7 Santa Anita Adoration Stakes III $100,000 3&up f/m 8.5f Dirt VALE DORI R. Bejarano B. Baffert
May 13 Arlington Hanshin Cup Stakes III $100,000 3&up 8f AW CREWMAN C. Marquez, Jr. D. Poulos
May 13 Belmont Park Beaugay Stakes III $150,000 4&up f/m 8.5f Turf HAWKSMOOR J. Leparoux A. Delacour
May 13 Belmont Park Man o' War I $400,000 4&up 11f Turf ZHUKOVA J. Velazquez D. Weld
May 13 Belmont Park Peter Pan Stakes III $200,000 3yo 9f Dirt TIMELINE J. Castellano C. Brown
May 13 Belmont Park Ruffian Stakes II $250,000 4&up f/m 8f Dirt HIGHWAY STAR A. Arroyo R. Ubillo
May 13 Japan Racing Association Keio Hai Spring Cup II $1,059,000 4&up 7f Turf ROSA GIGANTEA (JPN) Y. Shibata K. Fujisawa
May 13 Santa Anita Lazaro Barrera Stakes III $100,000 3yo 7f Dirt AMERICAN ANTHEM M. Smith B. Baffert
May 14 Japan Racing Association Victoria Mile I $1,656,000 4&up f/m 8f Turf SOLVEIG (JPN) Y. Kawada I. Sameshima
May 19 Pimlico Adena Springs Miss Preakness Stakes III $150,000 3yo f 6f Dirt VERTICAL OAK J. Ortiz S. Asmussen
May 19 Pimlico Allaire duPont Distaff Stakes III $150,000 3&up f/m 9f Dirt TERRA PROMESSA J. Ortiz S. Asmussen
May 19 Pimlico Black-Eyed Susan Stakes II $250,000 3yo f 9f Dirt ACTRESS N. Juarez J. Servis
May 19 Pimlico Pimlico Special III $300,000 3&up 9.5f Dirt SHAMAN GHOST J. Castellano J. Jerkens
May 20 Churchill Downs Louisville Handicap III $100,000 3&up 12f Turf SOME IN TIEME M. Cruz K. McPeek
May 20 Churchill Downs Matron Stakes III $100,000 3&up f/m 8.5f Dirt WALKABOUT B. Hernandez, Jr. I. Wilkes
May 20 Japan Racing Association Heian Stakes III $639,000 4&up 9.5f Dirt ASUKANO ROMAN (JPN) R. Wada Y. Kawamura
May 20 Pimlico Gallorette Stakes III $150,000 3&up f/m 8.5f Turf CAMBODIA F. Geroux T. Proctor
May 20 Pimlico Longines Dixie Stakes II $250,000 3&up 8.5f Turf WORLD APPROVAL J. Leparoux M. Casse
May 20 Pimlico Maryland Sprint Stakes III $150,000 3&up 6f Dirt WHITMORE R. Santana, Jr. R. Moquett
May 20 Pimlico Preakness Stakes I $1,500,000 3yo 9.5f Dirt CLOUD COMPUTING J. Castellano C. Brown
May 20 Santa Anita Kona Gold Stakes II $200,000 3&up 6.5f Dirt RANSOM THE MOON F. Prat P. D'Amato
May 20 Woodbine Eclipse Stakes II $175,000 4&up 8.5f AW DRAGON BAY G. Boulanger S. Simon
May 21 Japan Racing Association Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks) I $1,785,000 3yo f 12f Turf MOZU KATCHAN (JPN) R. Wada I. Sameshima
May 21 Woodbine Selene Stakes III $125,000 3yo f 8.5f AW GRIZZEL D. Moran M. Doyle
May 27 Arlington Arlington Classic Stakes III $100,000 3yo 8.5f Turf      
May 27 Churchill Downs Winning Colors Stakes III $100,000 3&up f/m 6f Dirt      
May 27 Monmouth Park Red Bank Stakes III $100,000 3&up 8f Turf      
May 27 Santa Anita Daytona Stakes III $100,000 3&up abt 6.5f Turf      
May 27 Santa Anita Gamely Stakes I $300,000 3&up f/m 9f Turf      
May 27 Santa Anita Monrovia Stakes II $200,000 3&up f/m abt 6.5f Turf      
May 27 Santa Anita The Gold Cup at Santa Anita I $500,000 3&up 10f Dirt      
May 27 Woodbine Nassau Stakes II $175,000 3&up f/m 8f Turf      
May 28 Japan Racing Association Meguro Kinen II $1,017,000 4&up 12.5f Turf      
May 28 Japan Racing Association Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) I $3,570,000 3yo 12f Turf      
May 28 Lone Star Park Lone Star Park Handicap III $200,000 3&up 8.5f Dirt      
May 28 Santa Anita Charles Whittingham Stakes II $200,000 3&up 10f Turf      
May 28 Woodbine Marine Stakes III $125,000 3yo 8.5f AW      
May 29 Golden Gate Fields All American Stakes III $100,000 3&up 8f AW      
Jun 3 Belmont Park Pennine Ridge III $200,000 3yo 9f Turf      
Jun 3 Churchill Downs Aristides III $100,000 3&up 6f Dirt      
Jun 3 Japan Racing Association Naruo Kinen III $726,000 3&up 10f Turf      
Jun 3 Monmouth Park Eatontown Stakes III $100,000 3&up f/m 8.5f Turf      
Jun 3 Penn National Penn Mile II $500,000 3yo 8f Turf      
Jun 3 Santa Anita Beholder Mile Stakes I $400,000 3&up f/m 8f Dirt      
Jun 3 Santa Anita Shoemaker Mile I $400,000 3&up 8f Turf      
Jun 3 Woodbine Connaught Cup Stakes II $175,000 4&up 7f Turf      
Jun 4 Japan Racing Association Yasuda Kinen I $1,835,000 3&up 8f Turf      
Jun 4 Woodbine Hendrie Stakes III $125,000 4&up f/m 6.5f AW      
Jun 8 Belmont Park Intercontinental III $250,000 4&up f/m 7f Turf      
Jun 8 Belmont Park Wonder Again III $200,000 3yo f 9f Turf      
Jun 9 Belmont Park Bed o' Roses Invitational III $250,000 4&up f/m 7f Dirt      
Jun 9 Belmont Park Belmont Gold Cup Invitational III $400,000 4&up 16f Turf      
Jun 9 Belmont Park New York Stakes II $500,000 4&up f/m 10f Turf      
Jun 9 Belmont Park True North Stakes II $250,000 4&up 6f Dirt      
Jun 10 Belmont Park Acorn Stakes I $700,000 3yo f 8f Dirt      
Jun 10 Belmont Park Belmont Stakes I $1,500,000 3yo 12f Dirt      
Jun 10 Belmont Park Brooklyn Invitational II $400,000 4&up 12f Dirt      
Jun 10 Belmont Park Jaipur Invitational III $300,000 4&up 6f Turf      
Jun 10 Belmont Park Longines Just a Game Stakes I $700,000 4&up f/m 8f Turf      
Jun 10 Belmont Park Metropolitan Handicap I $1,200,000 3&up 8f Dirt      
Jun 10 Belmont Park Ogden Phipps Stakes I $750,000 4&up f/m 8.5f Dirt      
Jun 10 Belmont Park Woodford Reserve Manhattan Stakes I $1,000,000 4&up 10f Turf      
Jun 10 Belmont Park Woody Stephens Stakes II $500,000 3yo 7f Dirt      
Jun 10 Churchill Downs Old Forester Mint Julep III $100,000 3&up f/m 8.5f Turf      
Jun 11 Japan Racing Association Epsom Cup III $726,000 3&up 9f Turf      
Jun 11 Japan Racing Association Mermaid Stakes III $639,000 3&up f/m 10f Turf      
Jun 17 Churchill Downs Fleur de Lis Handicap II $200,000 3&up f/m 9f Dirt      
Jun 17 Churchill Downs Matt Winn Stakes III $100,000 3yo 8.5f Dirt      
Jun 17 Churchill Downs Regret Stakes III $100,000 3yo f 9f Turf      
Jun 17 Churchill Downs Stephen Foster Handicap I $500,000 3&up 9f Dirt      
Jun 17 Churchill Downs Wise Dan Stakes II $200,000 3&up 8.5f Turf      
Jun 17 Monmouth Park Salvator Mile Stakes III $100,000 3&up 8f Dirt      
Jun 17 Santa Anita Honeymoon Stakes II $200,000 3yo f 9f Turf      
Jun 17 Santa Anita Summertime Oaks II $200,000 3yo f 8.5f Dirt      
Jun 18 Belmont Park Poker Handicap III $300,000 4&up 8f Turf      
Jun 18 Japan Racing Association Hakodate Sprint Stakes III $700,000 3&up 6f Turf      
Jun 18 Japan Racing Association Unicorn Stakes III $625,000 3yo 8f Dirt      
Jun 18 Monmouth Park Pegasus Stakes III $100,000 3yo 8.5f Dirt      
Jun 18 Santa Anita Desert Stormer Stakes III $100,000 3&up f/m 6f Dirt      
Jun 20 Ascot Coventry Stakes II $185,000 2yo 6f Turf      
Jun 20 Ascot King's Stand Stakes I $492,000 3&up 5f Turf      
Jun 20 Ascot Queen Anne Stakes I $738,000 4&up 8f Turf      
Jun 20 Ascot St James's Palace Stakes I $492,000 3yo c 8f Turf      
Jun 21 Ascot Duke of Cambridge Stakes II $215,000 4&up f/m 8f Turf      
Jun 21 Ascot Jersey Stakes III $111,000 3yo 7f Turf      
Jun 21 Ascot Prince of Wales's Stakes I $923,000 4&up 10f Turf      
Jun 21 Ascot Queen Mary Stakes II $135,000 2yo f 5f Turf      
Jun 22 Ascot Gold Cup I $492,000 4&up 20f Turf      
Jun 22 Ascot Hampton Court Stakes III $111,000 3yo 10f Turf      
Jun 22 Ascot Norfolk Stakes II $123,000 2yo 5f Turf      
Jun 22 Ascot Ribblesdale Stakes II $246,000 3yo f 12f Turf      
Jun 23 Ascot Albany Stakes III $98,000 2yo f 6f Turf      
Jun 23 Ascot Commonwealth Cup I $492,000 3yo 6f Turf      
Jun 23 Ascot Coronation Stakes I $492,000 3yo f 8f Turf      
Jun 23 Ascot King Edward VII Stakes II $246,000 3yo c/g 12f Turf      
Jun 24 Ascot Diamond Jubilee Stakes I $738,000 4&up 6f Turf      
Jun 24 Ascot Hardwicke Stakes II $277,000 4&up 12f Turf      
Jun 24 Churchill Downs Chicago Handicap III $100,000 3&up f/m 7f Dirt      
Jun 24 Santa Anita Affirmed Stakes III $100,000 3yo 8.5f Dirt      
Jun 24 Santa Anita Precisionist Stakes III $100,000 3&up 8.5f Dirt      
Jun 24 Thistledown Ohio Derby III $500,000 3yo 9f Dirt      
Jun 25 Japan Racing Association Takarazuka Kinen I $2,685,000 3&up 11f Turf      
Jun 30 Churchill Downs Bashford Manor Stakes III $100,000 2yo 6f Dirt      
Jul 1 Belmont Park Mother Goose Stakes II $250,000 3yo f 8.5f Dirt      
Jul 1 Gulfstream Park Carry Back Stakes III $150,000 3yo 7f Dirt      
Jul 1 Gulfstream Park Princess Rooney Handicap II $250,000 3&up f/m 7f Dirt      
Jul 1 Gulfstream Park Smile Sprint Handicap III $250,000 3&up 6f Dirt      
Jul 1 Monmouth Park United Nations Stakes I $300,000 3&up 11f Turf      
Jul 1 Santa Anita San Carlos Stakes II $250,000 3&up 7f Dirt      
Jul 1 Santa Anita Wilshire Stakes III $100,000 3&up f/m 8f Turf      
Jul 1 Woodbine Dominion Day Stakes III $125,000 3&up 10f AW      
Jul 2 Japan Racing Association CBC Sho III $700,000 3&up 6f Turf      
Jul 2 Japan Racing Association Radio Nikkei Sho III $676,000 3yo 9f Turf      
Jul 2 Woodbine Dance Smartly Stakes II $175,000 3&up f/m 10f Turf      
Jul 2 Woodbine Highlander Stakes II $250,000 3&up 6f Turf      
Jul 2 Woodbine King Edward Stakes II $175,000 3&up 8f Turf      
Jul 2 Woodbine Singspiel Stakes III $125,000 3&up 12f Turf      
Jul 4 Parx Racing Dr. James Penny Memorial III $200,000 3&up f/m 8.5f Turf      
Jul 4 Santa Anita American Stakes III $100,000 3&up 8f Turf      
Jul 6 Prairie Meadows Iowa Oaks III $200,000 3yo f 8.5f Dirt      
Jul 7 Prairie Meadows Iowa Derby III $250,000 3yo 8.5f Dirt      
Jul 8 Arlington American Derby III $100,000 3yo 9f Turf      
Jul 8 Arlington Arlington Handicap III $100,000 3&up 9.5f Turf      
Jul 8 Arlington Modesty Handicap III $100,000 3&up f/m 9.5f Turf      
Jul 8 Arlington Stars and Stripes III $100,000 3&up 12f Turf      
Jul 8 Belmont Park Belmont Derby Invitational I $1,200,000 3yo 10f Turf      
Jul 8 Belmont Park Belmont Oaks Invitational I $1,000,000 3yo f 10f Turf      
Jul 8 Belmont Park Belmont Sprint Championship II $350,000 3&up 7f Dirt      
Jul 8 Belmont Park Dwyer Stakes III $400,000 3yo 8f Dirt      
Jul 8 Belmont Park Suburban II $750,000 4&up 10f Dirt      
Jul 8 Delaware Park Delaware Oaks III $300,000 3yo f 8.5f Dirt      
Jul 8 Delaware Park Robert G. Dick Memorial Stakes III $200,000 3&up f/m 11f Turf      
Jul 8 Los Alamitos Great Lady M. Stakes III $150,000 3&up f/m 6.5f Dirt      
Jul 8 Prairie Meadows Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Handicap III $300,000 3&up 9f Dirt      
Jul 8 Parx Racing Parx Dash III $200,000 3&up 5f Turf      
Jul 9 Belmont Park Victory Ride Stakes III $150,000 3yo f 6.5f Dirt      
Jul 9 Japan Racing Association Procyon Stakes III $639,000 3&up 7f Dirt      
Jul 9 Japan Racing Association Tanabata Sho III $726,000 3&up 10f Turf      
Jul 15 Ascot Fred Cowley MBE Memorial Summer Mile Stakes II $160,000 4&up 8f Turf      
Jul 15 Delaware Park Delaware Handicap I $750,000 3&up f/m 10f Dirt      
Jul 15 Delaware Park Kent Stakes III $200,000 3yo 9f Turf      
Jul 15 Indiana Grand Indiana Derby III $500,000 3yo 8.5f Dirt      
Jul 15 Indiana Grand Indiana Oaks III $200,000 3yo f 8.5f Dirt      
Jul 15 Los Alamitos Los Alamitos Derby III $200,000 3yo 9f Dirt      
Jul 16 Japan Racing Association Hakodate Kinen III $726,000 3&up 10f Turf      
Jul 16 Woodbine Vigil Stakes III $125,000 3&up 7f AW      
Jul 22 Del Mar Eddie Read Stakes II $250,000 3&up 9f Turf      
Jul 22 Del Mar San Diego Handicap II $200,000 3&up 8.5f Dirt      
Jul 22 Woodbine Ontario Matron Stakes III $125,000 3&up f/m 8.5f AW      
Jul 23 Del Mar San Clemente Handicap II $200,000 3yo f 8f Turf      
Jul 23 Japan Racing Association Chukyo Kinen III $700,000 3&up 8f Turf      
Jul 23 Japan Racing Association Hakodate Nisai Stakes III $550,000 2yo 6f Turf      
Jul 26 Del Mar Cougar II Handicap III $100,000 3&up 12f Dirt      
Jul 29 Ascot King George VI & Queen Elizabeth S (sponsored by QIPCO) I $1,415,000 3&up 12f Turf      
Jul 29 Ascot Princess Margaret Juddmonte Stakes III $62,000 2yo f 6f Turf      
Jul 29 Del Mar Bing Crosby Stakes I $300,000 3&up 6f Dirt      
Jul 29 Woodbine Nijinsky Stakes II $175,000 3&up 10f Turf      
Jul 29 Woodbine Royal North Stakes III $125,000 3&up f/m 6f Turf      
Jul 30 Del Mar Clement L. Hirsch Stakes I $300,000 3&up f/m 8.5f Dirt      
Jul 30 Japan Racing Association Ibis Summer Dash III $700,000 3&up 5f Turf      
Jul 30 Japan Racing Association Queen Stakes III $639,000 3&up f/m 9f Turf      
Jul 30 Monmouth Park Haskell Invitational I $1,000,000 3yo 9f Dirt      
Jul 30 Monmouth Park Molly Pitcher Stakes III $100,000 3&up f/m 8.5f Dirt      
Jul 30 Monmouth Park Monmouth Cup Stakes III $100,000 3&up 8.5f Dirt      
Jul 30 Monmouth Park Monmouth Stakes II $150,000 3&up 9f Turf      
Jul 30 Monmouth Park WinStar Matchmaker Stakes III $100,000 3&up f/m 9f 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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