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TOBA Announces U.S. Graded and Listed Stakes for 2019

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The American Graded Stakes Committee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association today presented its listing of U.S. Graded and Listed Stakes Races for 2019, the results of its annual grading session conducted November 27 and 28 in Lexington.

The Committee reviewed 807 U.S. stakes races with a purse of at least $75,000, and assigned Graded status to 450 of them, five fewer than were graded in 2018, and Listed status to 187 races.  Seven Graded races were upgraded; nine new Grade III races and one Grade II race were named; 23 new Listed races were upgraded from non-Listed Black Type status.  Ten races which carried Graded or Listed status in 2018 are no longer eligible for grading.

Three races were upgraded to Grade I status for 2019: the Jaipur Invitational S. and Woody Stephens S. at Belmont Park and Churchill Downs S. at Churchill Downs.

Six races were downgraded from Grade I to Grade II for 2019: the Beldame S. at Belmont Park; Stephen Foster H. at Churchill Downs; Los Alamitos Cash Call Futurity at Los Alamitos Race Course; and Santa Margarita S., Triple Bend S. and Zenyatta S. at Santa Anita Park.

Five races were upgraded to Grade II status for 2019: the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint; Twin Spires Turf Sprint S. at Churchill Downs; Gallant Bob S. at Parx Racing; Eddie D S. at Santa Anita Park; and Amsterdam S. at Saratoga.

Six races were downgraded from Grade II to Grade III in 2019: the Chilukki S. at Churchill Downs; Barbara Fritchie S. at Laurel Park; Bayakoa S. at Los Alamitos Race Course; and Honeymoon S., La Canada S. and Santa Ana S. at Santa Anita Park.

Nine races were upgraded to Grade III status for 2019: the Forbidden Apple S. and Futurity S. at Belmont Park; Green Flash H. at Del Mar; Franklin-Simpson S. at Kentucky Downs; Chick Lang S. at Pimlico; Astra S., Joe Hernandez S. and Sweet Life S. at Santa Anita Park; and Quick Call S. at Saratoga.

Eleven races were downgraded from Grade III to Listed status for 2019: the Tempted S. at Aqueduct; Arlington Classic S. at Arlington Park; Aristides S. at Churchill Downs; Groupie Doll S. at Ellis Park; Dania Beach S., My Charmer S. and Skip Away S. at Gulfstream Park; Commonwealth Oaks at Laurel Park; Lone Star Park H. at Lone Star Park; Violet S. at Monmouth Park; and DRF Bets Bourbonette Oaks at Turfway Park.

Sixteen races were upgraded to Listed status for 2019: the Danger’s Hour S., Queens County S. and Stymie S. at Aqueduct; Belmont Turf Sprint Invitational S., Christiecat S., Pumpkin Pie S. and River Memories S. at Belmont Park; William Walker S. at Churchill Downs; Buddy Diliberto Memorial S. and Woodchopper S. at Fair Grounds; Dave’s Friend S. and Henry S. Clark S. at Laurel Park; Beverly J.

Lewis S. at Los Alamitos Race Course; Steel Valley Sprint S. at Mahoning Valley Race Course; Black Pearl S. at Santa Anita Park; and Challenger S. at Tampa Bay Downs.

Seven races were upgraded to Listed – Restricted status for 2019: the Osunitas S. and Wickerr S. at Del Mar; Old Friends S. at Kentucky Downs; and Alydar S., Curlin S., John’s Call S. and Riskaverse S. at Saratoga.

Ten races were downgraded from Listed to non-Listed Black Type status for 2019: the Treasure Chest S. at Delta Downs; Any Limit S. at Gulfstream Park; Wide Country S. at Laurel Park; Betfair.com Long Branch S., Boiling Springs S. and Sapling S. at Monmouth Park; West Virginia House of Delegates Speaker’s Cup S. at Mountaineer Park; Tom Ridge S. at Presque Isle Downs; Clever Trevor S. at Remington Park; and Lady Jacqueline S. at Thistledown.

The Delta Downs Jackpot S., Delta Princess S. and My Trusty Cat S. at Delta Downs; El Prado S. and Spectacular Bid S. at Gulfstream Park; Hawthorne Gold Cup H. and Illinois Derby at Hawthorne Racecourse; Majestic Light S. at Monmouth Park; PTHA President’s Cup S. at Parx Racing; and Precisionist S. at Santa Anita Park were not eligible for grading in 2019.

For 2019, the Committee has created a new division for 3-year-olds and up turf sprints that includes races for both sexes.  Previously, dirt and turf sprints were combined into one division for each sex.  Turf sprints restricted to 2-year-olds and 3-year-olds remain combined with the respective dirt sprints.

Following is a summary breakdown of all grade levels and a complete list of all upgraded and downgraded U.S. races for the 2019 racing season as well as the complete list of 2019 Graded and Listed stakes.

2019 Graded Stakes Number % Graded % Eligible Change from 2018
Grade I 103 22.9% -3
Grade II 131 29.1% +2
Grade III 216 48% -4
All Graded 450
Listed 174
Listed – Restricted 13
Non-Listed Eligible 170
All Gr., L & NLE Races 807

Races Upgraded for 2019:

Two-Year-Old Fillies

None

Three-Year-Old Fillies
Sweet Life S. (T) (Santa Anita Park) Listed to Grade III
Beverly J. Lewis S. (Los Alamitos Race Course) non-Listed Black Type to Listed
Black Pearl S. (T) (Santa Anita Park) non-Listed Black Type to Listed
Christiecat S. (T) (Belmont Park) non-Listed Black Type to Listed
Riskaverse S. (T) (Saratoga) non-Listed Black Type to Listed – Restricted
Older Fillies and Mares
Astra S. (T) (Santa Anita Park) Listed to Grade III
Pumpkin Pie S. (Belmont Park) non-Listed Black Type to Listed
River Memories S. (T) (Belmont Park) non-Listed Black Type to Listed
Osunitas S. (T) (Del Mar) non-Listed Black Type to Listed – Restricted
Two-Year-Olds
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint (T) Listed to Grade II
Futurity S. (T) (Belmont Park) Listed to Grade III
Three-Year-Olds
Woody Stephens S. (Belmont Park) Grade II to Grade I
Amsterdam S. (Saratoga) Grade III to Grade II
Gallant Bob S. (Parx Racing) Grade III to Grade II
Chick Lang S. (Pimlico) Listed to Grade III
Franklin-Simpson S. (Kentucky Downs) non-Listed Black Type to Grade III
Quick Call S. (Saratoga) Listed to Grade III
Steel Valley Sprint S. (Mahoning Valley Race Course) non-Listed Black Type to Listed
William Walker S. (Churchill Downs) non-Listed Black Type to Listed
Woodchopper S. (Fair Grounds) non-Listed Black Type to Listed
Curlin S. (Saratoga) non-Listed Black Type to Listed – Restricted
Older Horses
Churchill Downs S. (Churchill Downs) Grade II to Grade I
Jaipur Invitational S. (T) (Belmont Park) Grade II to Grade I
Eddie D S. (T) (Santa Anita Park) Grade III to Grade II
Twin Spires Turf Sprint S. (T) (Churchill Downs) Grade III to Grade II
Forbidden Apple S. (T) (Belmont Park) Listed to Grade III
Green Flash H. (T) (Del Mar) Listed to Grade III
Joe Hernandez S. (T) (Santa Anita Park) Listed to Grade III
Belmont Turf Sprint Inv. S. (T) (Belmont Park) non-Listed Black Type to Listed
Buddy Diliberto Memorial S. (T) (Fair Grounds) non-Listed Black Type to Listed
Challenger S. (Tampa Bay Downs) non-Listed Black Type to Listed
Danger’s Hour S. (T) (Aqueduct) non-Listed Black Type to Listed
Dave’s Friend S (Laurel Park) non-Listed Black Type to Listed
Henry S. Clark S. (T) (Laurel Park) non-Listed Black Type to Listed
Queens County S. (Aqueduct) non-Listed Black Type to Listed
Stymie S. (Aqueduct) non-Listed Black Type to Listed
Alydar S. (Saratoga) non-Listed Black Type to Listed – Restricted
John Call S. (T) (Saratoga) non-Listed Black Type to Listed – Restricted
Old Friends S. (T) (Kentucky Downs) non-Listed Black Type to Listed – Restricted
Wickerr S. (T) (Del Mar) non-Listed Black Type to Listed – Restricted

Races Downgraded for 2019:

Two-Year-Old Fillies
Tempted S. (Aqueduct) Grade III to Listed
Delta Downs Princess S. (Delta Downs) not eligible
My Trusty Cat S. (Delta Downs) not eligible
Three-Year-Old Fillies
Honeymoon S. (T) (Santa Anita Park) Grade II to Grade III
Commonwealth Oaks (T) (Laurel Park) Grade III to Listed
DRF Bets Bourbonette S. (Turfway Park) Grade III to Listed
Any Limit S. (Gulfstream Park) Listed to non-Listed Black Type
Boiling Springs S. (T) (Monmouth Park) Listed to non-Listed Black Type
Wide Country S. (Laurel Park) Listed to non-Listed Black Type
Older Fillies and Mares
Beldame S. (Belmont Park) Grade I to Grade II
Santa Margarita S. (Santa Anita Park) Grade I to Grade II
Zenyatta S. (Santa Anita Park) Grade I to Grade II
Barbara Fritchie S. (Laurel Park) Grade II to Grade III
Bayakoa S. (Los Alamitos Race Course) Grade II to Grade III
Chilukki S. (Churchill Downs) Grade II to Grade III
La Canada S. (Santa Anita Park) Grade II to Grade III
Santa Ana S. (T) (Santa Anita Park) Grade II to Grade III
Groupie Doll S. (Ellis Park) Grade III to Listed
My Charmer S. (T) (Gulfstream Park) Grade III to Listed
Violet S. (T) (Monmouth Park) Grade III to Listed
Lady Jacqueline S. (Thistledown) Listed to non-Listed Black Type
Treasure Chest S. (Delta Downs) Listed to non-Listed Black Type
Two-Year-Olds
Los Alamitos Cash Call Futurity (Los Alamitos Race Course) Grade I to Grade II
Clever Trevor S. (Remington Park) Listed to non-Listed Black Type
Sapling S. (Monmouth Park) Listed to non-Listed Black Type
Delta Downs Jackpot S. (Delta Downs) not eligible
Three-Year-Olds
Arlington Classic S. (T) (Arlington Park) Grade III to Listed
Dania Beach S. (T) (Gulfstream Park) Grade III to Listed
Betfair.com Long Branch S. (Monmouth Park) Listed to non-Listed Black Type
Tom Ridge S. (Presque Isle Downs) Listed to non-Listed Black Type
Illinois Derby (Hawthorne Racecourse) not eligible
Spectacular Bid S. (Gulfstream Park) not eligible
Older Horses
Stephen Foster H. (Churchill Downs) Grade I to Grade II
Triple Bend S. (Santa Anita Park) Grade I to Grade II
Aristides S. (Churchill Downs) Grade III to Listed
Lone Star Park H. (Lone Star Park) Grade III to Listed
Skip Away S. (Gulfstream Park) Grade III to Listed
WV House of Delegates Speaker’s Cup S. (T) (Mountaineer Park) Listed to non-Listed Black Type
El Prado S. (T) (Gulfstream Park) not eligible
Hawthorne Gold Cup H. (Hawthorne Racecourse) not eligible
Majestic Light S. (Monmouth Park) not eligible
PTHA President’s Cup S. (Parx Racing) not eligible
Precisionist S. (Santa Anita Park) not eligible

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