american graded stakes committee

Keeneland presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Making the Grades

The committee that assigns the grades to stakes races in the U.S. is the target of criticism just about every year. After all, no racetrack wants to see one of its major events downgraded, and the process of grading stakes is critical to the breeding industry for which it was designed.  At the same time, […]

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TOBA releases 2013 graded stakes list

The American Graded Stakes Committee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association today presented its listing of U.S. Graded and Listed Stakes for 2013, the results of its annual grading session conducted November 28 in Lexington. The Committee reviewed 673 unrestricted U.S. stakes races with a purse of at least $75,000, and assigned graded status to […]

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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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Pope: Graded Stakes Committee can protect the breed with juvenile medication ban

At Horse Racing Business, Fred Pope calls on the American Graded Stakes Committee to step up and protect the Thoroughbred breed by following through with its intention to rid 2-year-old graded stakes of race-day medication and performance-enhancing drugs.  Pope says the AGSC could vote next month to require racehorse owners to make their 2-year-olds eligible […]

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Pope: A new strategy for TOBA on medication ban

At Horse Racing Business, Fred Pope offers a proposal that will allow the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association to move forward with a ban on race-day medication for 2-year-old graded stakes, without requiring the approval of state regulators, which has stymied the process so far.  Pope says instead of awarding graded stakes status to every […]

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The Devil We Know

Better the devil you know than the devil you don’t know – at least that’s how the old saying goes. In horse racing, the devil we know, in terms of structure and regulation, is a patchwork quilt of state racing commissioners, all with different sets of rules, some with different agendas, some do their best […]

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The Breeders’ Cup Forum: Dr. J. David Richardson

Dr. J. David Richardson is chairman of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association’s American Graded Stakes Committee that voted last August to require all 2-year-old graded stakes of 2012 to be run free of race-day medication, including the diuretic furosemide, or Lasix. Last week, however, TOBA announced it was delaying implementation of that requirement. The […]

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Louisiana commission, graded stakes committee strike deal

The American Graded Stakes Committee has reached an agreement with the Louisiana Racing Commission to maintain the status of graded stakes in the state.  Under the agreement, according to the Daily Racing Form, Louisiana can retain their grades as long as Louisiana officials implement the committee’s lower threshold for the painkiller phenylbutazone. The deal was […]

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Fortus: ‘Needless bickering’ sabotages Louisiana racing

Bob Fortus writes for the Times-Picayune that the Louisiana Horse Racing Commission needs to step up and lead on the issue of drug rules.  Last fall, the commission passed an emergency rule that lowered allowable levels of Bute to comply with an American Graded Stakes Committee requirement.  Lousiana horsemen challenged the rule on the grounds […]

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