American Graded Stakes Committee releases 2013 US graded, listed stakes list

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American Graded Stakes Committee releases 2013 U.S. graded,
listed stakes list

The American Graded Stakes Committee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders
Association (TOBA) on Friday presented its listing of U.S. Graded and listed
stakes for 2013, the results of its annual grading session conducted November 28
in Lexington, Kentucky.

The Committee reviewed 673 unrestricted U.S. stakes races with a purse of at
least $75,000, and assigned graded status to 457 of them, eight fewer than were
graded in 2012, and listed status to 201 races.

This is the first year the Committee is responsible for assigning listed
status.

A total of five graded races were upgraded, including two new Grade 1 races
and three new Grade 2 races; one new Grade 2 race and six new Grade 3 races were
upgraded from listed status. Nine races which carried graded status in 2012 are
no longer eligible for grading.

Two races were upgraded to Grade 1 status for 2013 — the Hopeful Stakes at
Saratoga and Delaware Handicap at Delaware Park.

Three races were downgraded from Grade 1 to Grade 2 for 2013 — the Charles
Whittingham Memorial Handicap at Hollywood Park, Gazelle Stakes at Aqueduct and
Santa Monica Stakes at Santa Anita Park.

Four races were upgraded to Grade 2 status for 2013 — the Ft. Lauderdale
Stakes at Gulfstream Park, Colonial Turf Cup Stakes (from listed) at Colonial
Downs, Sorrento Stakes at Del Mar and Monrovia Stakes at Santa Anita Park.

Seven races were downgraded from Grade 2 to Grade 3 in 2013 — the Red Smith
Handicap at Aqueduct, W. L. McKnight Handicap at Calder Race Course, General
George Handicap at Laurel Park, Gulfstream Park Sprint Championship Stakes at
Gulfstream Park, Fantasy Stakes at Oaklawn Park and Robert J. Frankel Stakes at
Santa Anita Park. The Kentucky Cup Stakes at Turfway Park was not eligible for
grading in 2013.

Six races were upgraded to Grade 3 status for 2013 — the Dania Beach Stakes
at Gulfstream Park, Oklahoma Derby at Remington Park, Arlington Classic Stakes
at Arlington Park, Gallant Bob Stakes and Parx Dash Handicap at Parx Racing and
Florida Oaks at Tampa Bay Downs.

Six races were downgraded from Grade 3 to listed status for 2013 — the
Hollywood Juvenile Championship Stakes and Railbird Stakes at Hollywood Park,
Spend A Buck Handicap at Calder Race Course, Debutante Stakes at Churchill
Downs, Arlington-Washington Lassie Stakes at Arlington Park and Cicada Stakes at
Aqueduct.

The La Habra Stakes, San Rafael Stakes and Thunder Road Stakes at Santa Anita
Park; Kentucky Cup Stakes, Kentucky Cup Distaff Stakes, Kentucky Cup Sprint
Stakes and Turfway Park Fall Championship Stakes at Turfway Park; and Kentucky
Juvenile Stakes and Locust Grove Handicap at Churchill Downs were not eligible
for grading in 2013.

Fifteen races were downgraded from listed to non-listed black-type status for
2013 — the Gold Rush Futurity at Arapahoe Park; Mine That Bird Derby at Sunland
Park; Zia Park Derby at Zia Park; Sophomore Sprint Stakes, Memorial Day
Handicap, Summer Finale Stakes, Decoration Day Handicap and Firecracker Stakes
at Mountaineer Park; Bachelor Stakes at Oaklawn Park; Rumson Stakes at Monmouth
Park; San Juan County Commissioners Handicap at SunRay Park; Brandywine Stakes
at Parx Racing; Prairie Gold Lassie Stakes at Prairie Meadows; and Femme Fatale
Stakes and Red Carpet Stakes at Penn National Race Course.

Following is a summary breakdown of all grade levels. Click

here
for a complete list of all upgraded and downgraded U.S. races for the
2013 racing season and

here
for the complete list of 2013 graded and listed stakes.


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