A recent post on the blog “Breeding Right” suggests that with the decrease in foal crop should come an adjustment in the graded stakes system to keep Grade 1 races as challenging and comparatively rare as they were intended to be. In fact, the author suggests, ten of the current 99 non-Breeders' Cup Grade 1 races should be downgraded to Grade 2 to maintain the prestige of the remainder. Among the suggestions for demotion are the United Nations Stakes, the Jamaica Stakes, the Mother Goose, the Cotillion, and either the Hirsch or the Zenyatta.
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