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2013 Graded Stakes List

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2013 Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga horse racing

The Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga is one of 2 races upgraded to G1 status for 2013. Here is 2013 winner Shanghai Bobby.

© Terence Dulay
Updated December 05, 2012

The annual grading session of the American Graded Stakes Committee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association was conducted on Wednesday November 28 in Lexington, and the 2013 list of U.S. Graded Stakes was released the following day. The Committee reviewed 673 unrestricted U.S. stakes races with a purse of at least $75,000, and assigned graded status to 457 of them, eight less than were graded in 2012. This is the first year the Committee is responsible for assigning listed status to races and 201 were granted this for 2013. A total of five graded races were upgraded, including two new Grade 1 races, one new Grade 2 race, and six new Grade 3 races. Nine races which carried Grade 3 status in 2013 are no longer eligible for grading.

Two races were upgraded to Grade 1 status for 2013: the Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga and the Delaware Handicap at Delaware Park.

Three races were downgraded from Grade 1 to Grade 2 for 2013: the Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap at Hollywood Park, Gazelle Stakes at Aqueduct and Santa Monica Stakes at Santa Anita Park.

Four races were upgraded to Grade 2 status for 2013: the Ft. Lauderdale Stakes at Gulfstream Park, Colonial Turf Cup Stakes (from listed) at Colonial Downs, Sorrento Stakes at Del Mar, and Monrovia Stakes at Santa Anita Park.

Seven races were downgraded from Grade 2 to Grade 3 in 2013: the Red Smith Handicap at Aqueduct, W. L. McKnight Handicap at Calder Race Course, General George Handicap at Laurel Park, Gulfstream Park Sprint Championship Stakes at Gulfstream Park, Fantasy Stakes at Oaklawn Park and Robert J. Frankel Stakes at Santa Anita Park. The Kentucky Cup Stakes at Turfway Park was not eligible for grading in 2013.

Six races were upgraded to Grade 3 status for 2013: the Dania Beach Stakes at Gulfstream Park, Oklahoma Derby at Remington Park, Arlington Classic Stakes at Arlington Park, Gallant Bob Stakes and Parx Dash Handicap at Parx Racing and Florida Oaks at Tampa Bay Downs.

Six races were downgraded from Grade 3 to Ungraded status for 2013: the Hollywood Juvenile Championship Stakes and Railbird Stakes at Hollywood Park, Spend A Buck Handicap at Calder Race Course, Debutante Stakes at Churchill Downs, Arlington-Washington Lassie Stakes at Arlington Park and Cicada Stakes at Aqueduct.

The La Habra Stakes, San Rafael Stakes and Thunder Road Stakes at Santa Anita Park; Kentucky Cup Stakes, Kentucky Cup Distaff Stakes, Kentucky Cup Sprint Stakes and Turfway Park Fall Championship Stakes at Turfway Park; and Kentucky Juvenile Stakes and Locust Grove Handicap at Churchill Downs were not eligible for grading in 2013.

Fifteen races were downgraded from listed to non-listed black-type status for 2013: the Gold Rush Futurity at Arapahoe Park; Mine That Bird Derby at Sunland Park; Zia Park Derby at Zia Park; Sophomore Sprint Stakes, Memorial Day Handicap, Summer Finale Stakes, Decoration Day Handicap and Firecracker Stakes at Mountaineer Park; Bachelor Stakes at Oaklawn Park; Rumson Stakes at Monmouth Park; San Juan County Commissioners Handicap at SunRay Park; Brandywine Stakes at Parx Racing; Prairie Gold Lassie Stakes at Prairie Meadows; and Femme Fatale Stakes and Red Carpet Stakes at Penn National Race Course.

2013 Graded Stakes Summary:

  • G1: 111 races, down 1 from 2012
  • G2: 148 races, down 3 from 2012
  • G3: 198 races, down 4 from 2012
  • 457 total graded stakes
  • 201 total listed stakes
  • 658 total graded and listed races

Below is a list of all the changes for the 2013 racing season. The complete list of all 457 graded stakes for 2013 can be viewed here starting on page 5.

RACES UPGRADED FOR 2013

Two-Year-Old Fillies
Sorrento S.(Del Mar)Grade III to Grade II

Three-Year-Old Fillies
Florida Oaks (T)(Tampa Bay Downs)Listed to Grade III

Older Fillies and Mares
Delaware H.(Delaware Park)Grade II to Grade I
Monrovia S. (T)(Santa Anita Park)Grade III to Grade II

Two-Year-Olds
Three Chimneys Hopeful S.(Saratoga)Grade II to Grade I
Dania Beach S. (T)(Gulfstream Park)Listed to Grade III

Three-Year-Olds
Oklahoma Derby(Remington Park)Listed to Grade III
Arlington Classic S. (T)(Arlington Park)Listed to Grade III
Gallant Bob S.(Parx Racing)Listed to Grade III

Older Horses
Ft. Lauderdale S. (T)(Gulfstream Park)Grade III to Grade II
Colonial Turf Cup S. (T)(Colonial Downs)Listed to Grade II
Parx Dash H. (T)(Parx Racing)Listed to Grade III

RACES DOWNGRADED FOR 2013

Two-Year-Old Fillies
Debutante S.(Churchill Downs)Grade III to Listed
Arlington-Washington Lassie S.(Arlington Park)Grade III to Listed
Brandywine S.(Parx Racing)Listed to non-Listed Black Type
Prairie Gold Lassie S.(Prairie Meadows)Listed to non-Listed Black Type

Three-Year-Old Fillies
Gazelle S.(Aqueduct)Grade I to Grade II
Fantasy S.(Oaklawn Park)Grade II to Grade III
Cicada S.(Aqueduct)Grade III to Listed
Railbird S.(Betfair Hollywood Park)Grade III to Listed
Femme Fatale S.(Penn National)Listed to non-Listed Black Type
La Habra S.(Santa Anita Park)not eligible

Older Fillies and Mares
Santa Monica S.(Santa Anita Park)Grade I to Grade II
Robert J. Frankel S. (T)(Santa Anita Park)Grade II to Grade III
Summer Finale S. (T)(Mountaineer Park)Listed to non-Listed Black Type
Decoration Day H. (T)(Mountaineer Park)Listed to non-Listed Black Type
Firecracker S. (T)(Mountaineer Park)Listed to non-Listed Black Type
Red Carpet S. (T)(Penn National)Listed to non-Listed Black Type
Kentucky Cup Distaff S.(Turfway Park)not eligible
Locust Grove H. (T)(Churchill Downs)not eligible

Two-Year-Olds
Hollywood Juvenile Championship S.(Betfair Hollywood Park)Grade III to Listed
Gold Rush Futurity(Arapahoe Park)Listed to non-Listed Black Type
Kentucky Juvenile S.(Churchill Downs)not eligible

Three-Year-Olds
Mine That Bird Derby(Sunland Park)Listed to non-Listed Black Type
Zia Park Derby(Zia Park)Listed to non-Listed Black Type
Sophomore Sprint S.(Mountaineer Park)Listed to non-Listed Black Type
Bachelor S.(Oaklawn Park)Listed to non-Listed Black Type
Rumson S.(Monmouth Park)Listed to non-Listed Black Type
San Rafael S.(Santa Anita Park)not eligible
Kentucky Cup Sprint S.(Turfway Park)not eligible

Older Horses
Charles Whittingham Memorial H. (T)(Betfair Hollywood Park)Grade I to Grade II
Red Smith H. (T)(Aqueduct)Grade II to Grade III
W.L. McKnight H. (T)(Calder Race Course)Grade II to Grade III
General George H.(Laurel Park)Grade II to Grade III
Gulfstream Park Sprint Championship S.(Gulfstream Park)Grade II to Grade III
Commonwealth S.(Keeneland)Grade II to Grade III
Spend A Buck H.(Calder Race Course)Grade III to Listed
San Juan County Commissioners H.(SunRay Park)Listed to non-Listed Black Type
Memorial Day H.(Mountaineer Park)Listed to non-Listed Black Type
Kentucky Cup S.(Turfway Park)not eligible
Turfway Park Fall Championship S.(Turfway Park)not eligible
Thunder Road S. (T)(Santa Anita Park)not eligible
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