Following a review by the American Graded Stakes Committee, the Jan. 7 San Gabriel Stakes that was taken off the turf Jan. 7 at Santa Anita Park will not have its Grade 2 status reinstated. It will be recognized as a Grade 3 race. The winner of the San Gabriel, 8-year-old gelding Blue Tone, will be credited with a Grade victory.
It is the policy of the American Graded Stakes Committee that a race scheduled for the turf course, then moved to the dirt track after the closing of nominations because the turf course is unsuitable for racing, is automatically downgraded one level for that running only. The American Graded Stakes Committee will, however, promptly review the running of any race that is automatically downgraded as a result of this policy, and may reinstate its former status.
The American Graded Stakes Committee has reviewed the off-the-turf renewal of the San Gabriel and has determined that the original Grade 2 status will not be reinstated for this renewal.
The second and third-place finishers are also to be credited with Grade 3 placings.
This is the second downgrade in as many weeks at Santa Anita. On Dec. 31, the G3 Robert J. Frankel Stakes was taken off the turf due to rainy conditions, and it was downgraded to listed stakes status.
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