American Graded Stakes Program

Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Bargain Oaks Winner

Midnight Bisou is living proof that you don’t need to spend an arm and a leg to buy a Grade 1 winner. Dominating victress of the G1 Santa Anita Oaks on April 7 under jockey Mike Smith for Bloom Racing Stable and Allen Racing LLC, the 3-year-old daughter of Midnight Lute is the fourth lifetime […]

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Shadwell Turf Mile, Bourbon Stakes Retain Grades

Keeneland’s Shadwell Turf Mile and the Bourbon Stakes, both originally scheduled for the turf but moved to the main track due to heavy rain over the weekend, will retain their original grades. According to the Blood-Horse, the American Graded Stakes Committee announced Monday that the Shadwell Turf Mile would remain a Grade 1, while the […]

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Grade 1 Sprints Have Shaped the Breed

As I was looking at my Hall of Fame ballot, specifically the past performances for Housebuster, the two-time sprint champion from the early 1990s, I noticed that one of his 15 victories came in the 1990 King’s Bishop at Saratoga. The seven-furlong test for 3-year-olds, which is now a Grade 1 race often used by […]

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American Graded Stakes Committee: Lasix ban to include 2yo listed stakes

The American Graded Stakes Committee is set to begin evaluating and rating the quality of listed stakes races run in North America. Once the program is implemented, not only will there be a ban on race-day use of Furosemide (Salix) on 2-year-old graded stakes, but that ban would then be extended to listed races for […]

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