Filed under: Breeders' Cup, Horse Racing, Triple Crown
The American Graded Stakes Committee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced on Tuesday the results of their review of 746 unrestricted stakes races run in the United States and assigned grades to 488 of them for 2009, an increase of 7 over 2008.
Most notably, the three Breeders’ Cup races that made their debut in 2007 will receive grades for 2009: the Filly and Mare Sprint and the Dirt Mile will be Grade 1’s and the Juvenile Turf will be a Grade 2. The Breeders’ Cup races that debuted in 2008 will remain ungraded for 2009.
Other changes of interest include the return of the Mass Cap to graded status (G3) and the elevation of the Sam F. Davis, a prep for the Tampa Bay Derby, to a Grade 3.
The change that could have the most impact is the upgrade of the Derby Trial at Churchill Downs to a Grade 3. Run just a week before the Kentucky Derby, the Derby Trial will now provide an opportunity for horses in need of graded stakes earnings a last chance to qualify for the Kentucky Derby.
The ThoroughbredReport.com Graded Stakes database has been updated to reflect these changes and will be updated throughout the year as race dates are announced and race results become available. The database includes all graded stakes races and results since 2006 with links to result charts and video replays. The database can be queried by date, track, surface, distance, age, sex and grade.