american graded stakes committee

Keeneland presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Being a Force for Change

The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association’s American Graded Stakes Committee will be meeting soon in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., to go over procedural and policy matters related to the granting of Grade 1, 2 or 3 designations for unrestricted stakes race scheduled to be run in the United States next year. The actual grading sessions generally […]

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Hegarty: Are graded stakes overdone?

The Daily Racing Form’s Matt Hegarty delves into the issue of graded stakes and whether there is a move afoot to reduce the number of graded races to correspond with the decline in racing dates and foal crops. The American Graded Stakes Committee, which assigns grades in an effort to gauge quality for Thoroughbred auctions, […]

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TOBA at 50: More failures than successes

I’m really proud today of the company where I spent 15 years as editor, Blood-Horse Publications. In honor of the 50-year anniversary of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, the non-profit that owns Blood-Horse, the magazine could have published a puff piece about its parent.  Instead, an article co-written by Eric Mitchell and Lenny Shulman […]

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Colonial Turf Cup loses graded status

The Colonial Turf Cup will lose its graded stakes status for 2011 after Colonial Downs decided to alter the conditions of the race.  This year, the Turf Cup will not be restricted to three-year-olds and will include older runners. The American Graded Stakes Committee says such a change results in a new race, which must […]

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AMERICAN GRADED STAKES STANDINGS brought to you by Keeneland – COULD TRANSPARENCY INCREASE CREDIBILITY?

By Ray Paulick One of the things I’ve learned during my current visit to South Africa for the Cape Breeders Club international conference in the wine and Thoroughbred breeding region near Cape Town is that the American graded stakes program enjoys widespread recognition in this part of the world as an effective evaluation […]

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PAULICK’S THOUGHTS FROM A TRIPLE CROWN NOTEBOOK

By Ray PaulickThis was a Triple Crown for the little guys, and I’m not talking about jockeys. We had a Kentucky Derby won by a 50-1 longshot, Mine That Bird, a gelding that once sold for $9,500 as a yearling. He was trained by Bennie L. “Chip” Woolley Jr.,  a black hat wearing cowboy […]

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DEEP PREAKNESS THOUGHTS BY PAULICK

By Ray Paulick One thing about horseracing, there’s no shortage of people willing to offer free advice or to share their opinion. After all, at its core, that’s what the game is all about; if you’re an owner, you’re willing to prove that your horse is faster than the next person’s, and if you’re a horseplayer […]

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HEY COMMISH! YOUR CHANCE TO BE HEARD

By Ray Paulick Are you happy with the job racing regulators are doing? Could these individuals who serve on commissions, boards, or government agencies, many of them as unpaid political appointees, be doing a better job? What about the paid staff at the commission level, or the racing commission stewards or veterinarians? That’s what […]

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LIVE BLOGGING THE BLUE GRASS CARD, ARKANSAS DERBY

By Ray Paulick 10:30 P.M. UPDATE …..Daily Racing Form’s Mary Rampellini is reporting from Oaklawn Park that beaten Arkansas Derby favorite Old Fashioned came out of his second-place finish to Papa Clem with a slab fracture in his right knee. Trainer Larry Jones described the injujry to Rick Porter’s son of Unbridled’s Song as possibly […]

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