|November 27, 2002
Contact: Andrew Schweigardt 859/276-2291
U.S. Graded Stakes for 2003
LEXINGTON, Ky – The American Graded Stakes Committee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association today presented its listing of U.S. Graded Stakes for 2003, the results of its annual grading session conducted November 25 - 26 in Lexington.
The Committee reviewed 741 unrestricted U.S. stakes races with a purse of at least $75,000, and assigned graded status to 487 of them, one more than were graded in 2002. A total of six graded races were upgraded, including three new Grade I races and three new Grade II races; 10 new Grade III races were identified. Nine races which carried Grade III status in 2002 are no longer graded.
Three races were upgraded to Grade I status for 2002: the Suburban Handicap at Belmont Park, the Triple Bend Breeders’ Cup Handicap at Hollywood Park, and the Diana Handicap at Saratoga.
Three races were downgraded from Grade I to Grade II for 2003: the Gulfstream Park Handicap at Gulfstream Park; Oaklawn Handicap at Oaklawn Park; and Beverly Hills Handicap at Hollywood Park.
Three races were upgraded to Grade II status for 2003: the Best Pal Stakes at Del Mar; Delaware Handicap at Delaware Park; and the Silverbulletday Stakes at Fair Grounds. The Illinois Derby, originally scheduled for downgrade to Grade III in 2003, will retain its Grade II status. Three races were downgraded from Grade II to Grade III in 2003: the Pegasus Handicap at The Meadowlands; Philip H. Iselin Handicap at Monmouth Park; and the San Bernardino Handicap at Santa Anita Park.
Ten races were upgraded to Grade III status for 2003: the Toboggan Handicap at Aqueduct; Carry Back Stakes, Spend A Buck Handicap, and Smile Sprint Handicap at Calder Race Course; Lecomte Stakes and Whirlaway Handicap at Fair Grounds; Transylvania Stakes, Sycamore Breeders’ Cup Stakes, and Shakertown Stakes at Keeneland; and the WinStar Distaff Handicap at Lone Star Park.
Eight races were downgraded from Grade III to Ungraded status for 2003: the Gallant Fox Handicap, Rare Treat Handicap, and Stymie Handicap at Aqueduct; Ascot Handicap at Bay Meadows; Cowdin Stakes at Belmont Park; Tanforan Handicap at Golden Gate Fields; and the Honeybee Stakes and Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park. The Laurel Dash Stakes was not eligible for grading in 2003.
Following is a summary breakdown of all grade levels and a complete list of all upgraded and downgraded U.S. races for the 2003 racing season.
TOBA American Graded Stakes Committee RACES UPGRADED FOR 2003:
Three-Year-Old Fillies Older Fillies and Mares Two-Year-Olds Three-Year-Olds Older Horses RACES DOWNGRADED FOR 2003:
Three-Year-Old Fillies Older Fillies and Mares Two-Year-Olds Three-Year-Olds Older Horses -30-
RACES UPGRADED FOR 2003:
Older Fillies and Mares
RACES DOWNGRADED FOR 2003:
Older Fillies and Mares
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