Delaware Handicap Downgraded; 2018 Graded Stakes Listing Released Friday

by | 12.01.2017 | 11:56am
Songbird wins the 2017 Delaware Handicap

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 2018, the results of its annual grading session conducted November 28 and 29 in Lexington.

The Committee reviewed 806 U.S. stakes races with a purse of at least $75,000, and assigned Graded status to 455 of them, nine fewer than were graded in 2017, and Listed status to 177 races.  Seven Graded races were upgraded; five new Grade III races were named; 18 new Listed races were upgraded from non-Listed Black Type status.  Sixteen races which carried Graded or Listed status in 2017 are no longer eligible for grading.

No race was upgraded to Grade I status for 2018.

One race was downgraded from Grade I to Grade II for 2018: the Delaware H. at Delaware Park.

Seven races were upgraded to Grade II status for 2018: the Belmont Gold Cup Invitational S., Hill Prince S., Jaipur Invitational S. and Miss Grillo S. at Belmont Park; Appalachian S. and JP Morgan Chase Jessamine S. at Keeneland; and Glens Falls S. at Saratoga.

Seven races were downgraded from Grade II to Grade III in 2018: the Nashua S. at Aqueduct; Forward Gal S., Honey Fox S., Royal Delta S. and Swale S. at Gulfstream Park; Baltimore/Washington International Turf Cup S. at Laurel Park; and Amsterdam S. at Saratoga.

Five races were upgraded to Grade III status for 2018: the Soaring Softly S. at Belmont Park; Kentucky Downs Ladies Sprint S. at Kentucky Downs; West Virginia Governor's S. at Mountaineer Park; Remington Park Oaks at Remington Park; and Troy S. at Saratoga.

Eleven races were downgraded from Grade III to Listed status for 2018: the Jerome S. and Top Flight Invitational S. at Aqueduct; Futurity S. at Belmont Park; Colonel E. R. Bradley S. at Fair Grounds; El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields; Carry Back S. and Miami Mile S. at Gulfstream Park; Betfair.com Pegasus S. and Cliff Hanger S. at Monmouth Park; Iowa Derby at Prairie Meadows; and Los Angeles S. at Santa Anita Park.

Twelve races were upgraded to Listed status for 2018: the Artie Schiller S. at Aqueduct; Allied Forces S. at Belmont Park; Green Flash H. at Del Mar; Sand Springs S. and South Beach S. at Gulfstream Park; Marylander S. and Richard W. Small S. at Laurel Park; PA Derby Champion S. at Parx Racing; David M. Vance Sprint S. at Remington Park; Bolton Landing S. and Caress S. at Saratoga; and Lady Jacqueline S. at Thistledown.

For 2018 the Committee has amended its eligibility requirements to make races having the non-winners of a sweepstakes condition, and meeting all other eligibility requirements, eligible for Listed status.  Any non-winners of a sweepstakes race upgraded to Listed status will be designated as Listed – Restricted and carry an LR designation in sales catalogues produced by members of the Society of International Thoroughbred Auctioneers.

Six races were upgraded to Listed – Restricted status for 2018: the C.E.R.F. S. at Del Mar; Clocker's Corner S. at Santa Anita Park; and Fasig-Tipton De La Rose S., Fasig-Tipton Lure S., Shine Again S. and Summer Colony S. at Saratoga.

Four races were downgraded from Listed to non-Listed Black Type status for 2018: the Jean Lafitte S. at Delta Downs; H.B.P.A. S. at Presque Isle Downs; and Kip Deville S. and Remington Green S. at Remington Park.

The Affectionately S. and Evening Attire S. at Aqueduct; Sixty Sails S. at Hawthorne Race Course; Super Derby, Super Derby Prelude S. and Unbridled S. at Louisiana Downs; Decathlon S., Elkwood S., Jersey Shore S., Lighthouse S., Monmouth Beach S., Sorority S. and Teddy Drone S. at Monmouth Park; Valley Forge S. at Parx Racing; Remington Park Sprint Cup S. at Remington Park; and Last Tycoon S. at Santa Anita Park were not eligible for grading in 2018.

Following is a summary breakdown of all grade levels and a complete list of all upgraded and downgraded U.S. races for the 2018 racing season as well as the complete list of 2018 Graded and Listed stakes.

2018 Graded Stakes          Number            % Graded          %Eligible           Change from 2017

Grade I                                      106                23.3%                                            -1

Grade II                                     129                28.4%                                            +1

Grade III                                    220                48.4%                                            -9

All Graded                                455                                            56.5%

Listed                                         171                                            21.2%

Listed – Restricted                     6                                              0.7%

Non-Listed Eligible                174                                            21.6%

All Gr., L & NLE Races           806

TOBA American Graded Stakes Committee

Summary of Decisions Made at November 28 and 29, 2017 Grading Session

RACES UPGRADED FOR 2018:

Two-Year-Old Fillies

JP Morgan Chase Jessamine S. (T)                    (Keeneland)                          Grade III to Grade II

Miss Grillo S. (T)                                                   (Belmont Park)                     Grade III to Grade II

Bolton Landing S. (T)                                           (Saratoga)                              non-Listed Black Type to Listed

Three-Year-Old Fillies

Appalachian S. (T)                                                (Keeneland)                          Grade III to Grade II

Remington Park Oaks                                          (Remington Park)                Listed to Grade III

Soaring Softly S. (T)                                             (Belmont Park)                     Listed to Grade III

Older Fillies and Mares

Glens Falls S. (T)                                                   (Saratoga)                              Grade III to Grade II

Kentucky Downs Ladies Sprint S. (T)                (Kentucky Downs)                Listed to Grade III

Caress S. (T)                                                          (Saratoga)                              non-Listed Black Type to Listed

Lady Jacqueline S.                                                (Thistledown)                        non-Listed Black Type to Listed

Sand Springs S. (T)                                               (Gulfstream Park)                non-Listed Black Type to Listed

South Beach S. (T)                                                (Gulfstream Park)                non-Listed Black Type to Listed

C.E.R.F. S.                                                              (Del Mar)                               non-Listed Black Type to Listed – Restricted

Fasig-Tipton De La Rose S. (T)                           (Saratoga)                              non-Listed Black Type to Listed – Restricted

Shine Again S.                                                       (Saratoga)                              non-Listed Black Type to Listed – Restricted

Summer Colony S.                                               (Saratoga)                              non-Listed Black Type to Listed – Restricted

Two-Year-Olds

Marylander S.                                                       (Laurel Park)                         non-Listed Black Type to Listed

Three-Year-Olds

Hill Prince S. (T)                                                    (Belmont Park)                     Grade III to Grade II

Allied Forces S. (T)                                               (Belmont Park)                     non-Listed Black Type to Listed

Older Horses

Belmont Gold Cup Invitational S. (T)                (Belmont Park)                     Grade III to Grade II

Jaipur Invitational S. (T)                                      (Belmont Park)                     Grade III to Grade II

Troy S. (T)                                                              (Saratoga)                              Listed to Grade III

West Virginia Governor's S.                               (Mountaineer Park)             Listed to Grade III

Artie Schiller S. (T)                                               (Aqueduct)                            non-Listed Black Type to Listed

David M. Vance Sprint S.                                    (Remington Park)                non-Listed Black Type to Listed

Green Flash H. (T)                                                (Del Mar)                               non-Listed Black Type to Listed

PA Derby Champion S.                                        (Parx Racing)                         non-Listed Black Type to Listed

Richard W. Small S.                                             (Laurel Park)                         non-Listed Black Type to Listed

Clocker's Corner S. (T)                                        (Santa Anita Park)                non-Listed Black Type to Listed – Restricted

Fasig-Tipton Lure S. (T)                                       (Saratoga)                              non-Listed Black Type to Listed – Restricted

RACES DOWNGRADED FOR 2018:

Two-Year-Old Fillies

Sorority S.                                                              (Monmouth Park)                                not eligible

Three-Year-Old Fillies

Forward Gal S.                                                      (Gulfstream Park)                                Grade II to Grade III

Older Fillies and Mares

Delaware H.                                                          (Delaware Park)                                   Grade I to Grade II

Honey Fox S. (T)                                                   (Gulfstream Park)                                Grade II to Grade III

Royal Delta S.                                                       (Gulfstream Park)                                Grade II to Grade III

Top Flight Invitational S.                                     (Aqueduct)                                            Grade III to Listed

H.B.P.A. S.                                                             (Presque Isle Downs)                           Listed to non-Listed Black Type

Sixty Sails S.                                                           (Hawthorne Race Course)                  not eligible

Affectionately S.                                                   (Aqueduct)                                            not eligible

Lighthouse S.                                                        (Monmouth Park)                                not eligible

Monmouth Beach S.                                           (Monmouth Park)                                not eligible

Two-Year-Olds

Nashua S.                                                              (Aqueduct)                                            Grade II to Grade III

Futurity S.                                                              (Belmont Park)                                     Grade III to Listed

Jean Lafitte S.                                                       (Delta Downs)                                       Listed to non-Listed Black Type

Kip Deville S.                                                         (Remington Park)                                Listed to non-Listed Black Type

Three-Year-Olds

Amsterdam S.                                                       (Saratoga)                                              Grade II to Grade III

Swale S.                                                                 (Gulfstream Park)                                Grade II to Grade III

Betfair.com Pegasus S.                                       (Monmouth Park)                                Grade III to Listed

Carry Back S.                                                         (Gulfstream Park)                                Grade III to Listed

El Camino Real Derby                                         (Golden Gate Fields)                           Grade III to Listed

Iowa Derby                                                           (Prairie Meadows)                               Grade III to Listed

Jerome S.                                                               (Aqueduct)                                            Grade III to Listed

Super Derby                                                          (Louisiana Downs)                               not eligible

Jersey Shore S.                                                     (Monmouth Park)                                not eligible

Super Derby Prelude S.                                       (Louisiana Downs)                               not eligible

Older Horses

Baltimore/Washington Int'l Turf Cup S. (T)    (Laurel Park)                                         Grade II to Grade III

Cliff Hanger S. (T)                                                 (Monmouth Park)                                Grade III to Listed

Colonel E. R. Bradley S. (T)                                 (Fair Grounds)                                      Grade III to Listed

Los Angeles S.                                                       (Santa Anita Park)                                Grade III to Listed

Miami Mile S. (T)                                                  (Gulfstream Park)                                Grade III to Listed

Remington Green S. (T)                                      (Remington Park)                                Listed to non-Listed Black Type

Last Tycoon S. (T)                                                 (Santa Anita Park)                                not eligible

Decathlon S.                                                         (Monmouth Park)                                not eligible

Elkwood S. (T)                                                       (Monmouth Park)                                not eligible

Evening Attire S.                                                  (Aqueduct)                                            not eligible

Remington Park Sprint Cup S.                           (Remington Park)                                not eligible

Teddy Drone S.                                                     (Monmouth Park)                                not eligible

Unbridled S. (T)                                                    (Louisiana Downs)                               not eligible

Valley Forge S.                                                      (Parx Racing)                                         not eligible

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