TOBA Releases 2016 Graded Stakes List; Saratoga’s Fourstardave Awarded G1 Status

by | 12.04.2015 | 12:25pm
Seek Again won the 2014 edition of the Fourstardave. The race has been upgraded to a G1 for 2016

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 2016, the results of its annual grading session conducted December 2 in Lexington.

The Committee reviewed 788 unrestricted U.S. stakes races with a purse of at least $75,000, and assigned Graded status to 464 of them, one more than were graded in 2015, and Listed status to 173 races. Six Graded races were upgraded; Eight new Grade III races were named; 31 new Listed races were upgraded from Non-Listed Black Type status. Twenty races which carried Graded or Listed status in 2015 are no longer eligible for grading.

One race was upgraded to Grade I status for 2016: the Fourstardave S. at Saratoga.

Two races were downgraded from Grade I to Grade II for 2016: the Eddie Read S. at Del Mar and Las Virgenes S. at Santa Anita Park.

Five races were upgraded to Grade II status for 2016: the Eight Belles S. at Churchill Downs, Rachel Alexandra S. at Fair Grounds, Shakertown S. and Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix S. at Keeneland, and Hillsborough S. at Tampa Bay Downs.

Six races were downgraded from Grade II to Grade III in 2016: the Distaff H. at Aqueduct, Futurity S. and Matron S. at Belmont Park, Hawthorne Gold Cup H. at Hawthorne Race Course, Adena Springs Beaumont S. at Keeneland, and Super Derby at Louisiana Downs.

Eight races were upgraded to Grade III status for 2016: the Pennine Ridge S. at Belmont Park, Locust Grove S. at Churchill Downs, Harlan's Holiday S. at Gulfstream Park, Houston Ladies Classic S. at Sam Houston Race Park, Buffalo Trace Franklin County S. at Keeneland, Frank J. DeFrancis Memorial Dash S. at Laurel Park, and Megahertz S. and Thunder Road S. at Santa Anita Park.

Four races were downgraded from Grade III to Listed status for 2016: the Dogwood S. and Jefferson Cup S. at Churchill Downs, Obeah S. at Delaware Park and Azalea S. at Gulfstream Park.

Thirty-one races were upgraded to Listed status for 2016: the Gravesend S. at Aqueduct; Tremont S., Belmont Gold Cup Invitational S., Forbidden Apple S., Diablo S., Wonder Again S., Jersey Girl S., Perfect Sting S., and Intercontinental S. at Belmont Park; Mystic Lake Derby at Canterbury Park; El Prado S., Gulfstream Park Turf Sprint S., Silks Run S., Any Limit S. and Sir Shackleton S. at Gulfstream Park; Kentucky Downs Ladies Sprint S. and More Than Ready Mile S. at Kentucky Downs; Wide Country S. at Laurel Park; Dixie Belle S. and King Cotton S. at Oaklawn Park; Stormy Blues S. and The Very One S. at Pimlico; Santana Mile S., China Doll S., Sweet Life S., Angels Flight S., Possibly Perfect S. and Desert Stormer S. at Santa Anita Park; Coronation Cup S. and Lucky Coin S. at Saratoga; and Zia Park Derby at Zia Park.

Nine races were downgraded from Listed to Non-Listed Black Type status for 2016: the Cicada S. at Aqueduct, Nancy's Glitter S. at Gulfstream Park West, River Cities S. and Sunday Silence S. at Louisiana Downs, Regret S. at Monmouth Park, Independence Day S. and West Virginia Secretary of State S. at Mountaineer Park, Fitz Dixon Memorial S. at Presque Isle Downs and El Joven S. at Retama Park.

The Real Quiet S. and Sharp Cat S. last run at Betfair Hollywood Park, Researcher S. at Charles Town, Edward P. Evans All Along S. at Colonial Downs, Barbaro S., John W. Rooney Memorial S., and Go For Wand S. at Delaware Park, Duncan F. Kenner S., Marie G. Krantz Memorial S., New Orleans Ladies S., Tenacious H. and Tiffany Lass S. at Fair Grounds, Bull Dog H. at Fresno, Golden Bear S. at Indiana Grand, Bensalem S. and Langhorne S. at Parx Racing, Prairie Meadows H. at Prairie Meadows, Sunset H. and San Fernando S. at Santa Anita Park and Team Valor Rushaway S. at Turfway Park were not eligible for grading in 2016.

Following is a summary breakdown of all grade levels and a complete list of all upgraded and downgraded U.S. races for the 2016 racing season as well as the complete list of 2016 Graded and Listed stakes:

2016 Graded Stakes              Number       % Graded   %Eligible         Change from 2015

Grade I                                    109                23.5%                                     -1
Grade II                                   133                28.7%                                     -1
Grade III                                  222                47.8%                                    +3
All Graded                               464                                  58.9%
Listed                                      173                                  22.0%
Non-Listed Eligible                  151                                  19.2%
All Gr., L & NLE Races           788

RACES UPGRADED FOR 2016:

Two-Year-Old Fillies

None

Three-Year-Old Fillies

Rachel Alexandra S. (Fair Grounds) Grade III to Grade II
Eight Belles S. (Churchill Downs) Grade III to Grade II
Wonder Again S. (T) (Belmont Park) non-Listed Black Type to Listed
China Doll S. (T) (Santa Anita Park) non-Listed Black Type to Listed
Jersey Girl S. (Belmont Park) non-Listed Black Type to Listed
Sweet Life S. (T) (Santa Anita Park) non-Listed Black Type to Listed
Any Limit S. (Gulfstream Park) non-Listed Black Type to Listed
Coronation Cup S. (T) (Saratoga) non-Listed Black Type to Listed
Stormy Blues S. (T) (Pimlico) non-Listed Black Type to Listed
Angels Flight S. (Santa Anita Park) non-Listed Black Type to Listed
Dixie Belle S. (Oaklawn Park) non-Listed Black Type to Listed
Wide Country S. (Laurel Park) non-Listed Black Type to Listed

Older Fillies and Mares

Hillsborough S. (T) (Tampa Bay Downs) Grade III to Grade II
Locust Grove S. (Churchill Downs) Listed to Grade III
Houston Ladies Classic S. (Sam Houston Race Park) Listed to Grade III
Megahertz S. (T) (Santa Anita Park) Listed to Grade III
Buffalo Trace Franklin County S. (T) (Keeneland) Listed to Grade III
Perfect Sting S. (T) (Belmont Park) non-Listed Black Type to Listed
Possibly Perfect S. (T) (Santa Anita Park) non-Listed Black Type to Listed
The Very One S. (T) (Pimlico) non-Listed Black Type to Listed
Intercontinental S. (T) (Belmont Park) non-Listed Black Type to Listed
Desert Stormer S. (Santa Anita Park) non-Listed Black Type to Listed
Kentucky Downs Ladies Sprint S. (T) (Kentucky Downs) non-Listed Black Type to Listed

Two-Year-Olds
Tremont S. (Belmont Park) non-Listed Black Type to Listed

Three-Year-Olds

Pennine Ridge S. (T) (Belmont Park) non-Listed Black Type to Grade III
Zia Park Derby (Zia Park) non-Listed Black Type to Listed
Mystic Lake Derby (T) (Canterbury Park) non-Listed Black Type to Listed

Older Horses

Fourstardave S. (T) (Saratoga) Grade II to Grade I
Shakertown S. (T) (Keeneland) Grade III to Grade II
Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix S. (Keeneland) Grade III to Grade II
Harlan's Holiday S. (Gulfstream Park) Listed to Grade III
Thunder Road S. (T) (Santa Anita Park) Listed to Grade III
Frank J. DeFrancis Memorial Dash S. (Laurel Park) Listed to Grade III
Santana Mile S. (Santa Anita Park) non-Listed Black Type to Listed
Belmont Gold Cup Invitational S. (T) (Belmont Park) non-Listed Black Type to Listed
Forbidden Apple S. (T) (Belmont Park) non-Listed Black Type to Listed
More Than Ready Mile S. (T) (Kentucky Downs) non-Listed Black Type to Listed
El Prado S. (T) (Gulfstream Park) non-Listed Black Type to Listed
Gulfstream Park Turf Sprint S. (T) (Gulfstream Park) non-Listed Black Type to Listed
Silks Run S. (T) (Gulfstream Park) non-Listed Black Type to Listed
Lucky Coin S. (T) (Saratoga) non-Listed Black Type to Listed
King Cotton S. (Oaklawn Park) non-Listed Black Type to Listed
Gravesend S. (Aqueduct) non-Listed Black Type to Listed
Diablo S. (Belmont Park) non-Listed Black Type to Listed
Sir Shackleton S. (Gulfstream Park) non-Listed Black Type to Listed

RACES DOWNGRADED FOR 2016:

Two-Year-Old Fillies

Matron S. (Belmont Park) Grade II to Grade III
Sharp Cat S. not eligible

Three-Year-Old Fillies

Las Virgenes S. (Santa Anita Park) Grade I to Grade II
Adena Springs Beaumont S. (Keeneland) Grade II to Grade III
Dogwood S. (Churchill Downs) Grade III to Listed
Azalea S. (Gulfstream Park) Grade III to Listed
Cicada S. (Aqueduct) Listed to non-Listed Black Type
Go For Wand S. (Delaware Park) not eligible

Older Fillies and Mares

Distaff H. (Aqueduct) Grade II to Grade III
Obeah S. (Delaware Park) Grade III to Listed
Nancy's Glitter S. (Gulfstream Park West) Listed to non-Listed Black Type
River Cities S. (T) (Louisiana Downs) Listed to non-Listed Black Type
West Virginia Secretary of State S. (Mountaineer Park) Listed to non-Listed Black Type
Regret S. (Monmouth Park) Listed to non-Listed Black Type
New Orleans Ladies S. (Fair Grounds) not eligible
Tiffany Lass S. (Fair Grounds) not eligible
Edward P. Evans All Along S. (T) (Colonial Downs) not eligible
John W. Rooney Memorial S. (T) (Delaware Park) not eligible
Marie G. Krantz Memorial S. (T) (Fair Grounds) not eligible
Langhorne S. (Parx Racing) not eligible

Two-Year-Olds

Futurity S. (Belmont Park) Grade II to Grade III
Sunday Silence S. (T) (Louisiana Downs) Listed to non-Listed Black Type
Fitz Dixon Memorial S. (Presque Isle Downs) Listed to non-Listed Black Type
El Joven S. (T) (Retama Park) Listed to non-Listed Black Type
Real Quiet S. not eligible

Three-Year-Olds

Super Derby (Louisiana Downs) Grade II to Grade III
Jefferson Cup S. (T) (Churchill Downs) Grade III to Listed
Barbaro S. (Delaware Park) not eligible
Team Valor Rushaway S. (Turfway Park) not eligible
Researcher S. (Charles Town) not eligible

Older Horses

Eddie Read S. (T) (Del Mar) Grade I to Grade II
Hawthorne Gold Cup H. (Hawthorne Race Course) Grade II to Grade III
Independence Day S. (T) (Mountaineer Park) Listed to non-Listed Black Type
Bull Dog H. (Fresno) not eligible
Golden Bear S. (Indiana Grand) not eligible
Prairie Meadows H. (Prairie Meadows) not eligible
San Fernando S. (Santa Anita Park) not eligible
Tenacious H. (Fair Grounds) not eligible
Sunset H. (T) (Santa Anita Park) not eligible
Duncan F. Kenner S. (Fair Grounds) not eligible
Bensalem S. (Parx Racing) not eligible

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