GRADED STAKES FOR 2021 ANNOUNCED
The American Graded Stakes Committee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association today presented its listing of U.S. Graded and Listed Stakes Races for 2021, the results of its annual grading session conducted December 15 and 16. The committee evaluated races conducted after the 2019 Breeders’ Cup through March 15 as normal and races after March 15 were evaluated as normal, as well, but took care to consider any pandemic-related circumstances that may have affected, positively or negatively, the 2020 renewal.
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The Committee reviewed 849 U.S. stakes races with a purse of at least $75,000, and assigned Graded status to 445 of them, three fewer than were graded in 2020, and Listed status to 193 races. Three Graded races were upgraded; one new Grade I and four new Grade III races were named; 12 new Listed races were upgraded from non-Listed Black Type status. Fifteen races which carried Graded or Listed status in 2020 are no longer eligible for grading.
One race, the Saratoga Derby Invitational S. at Saratoga, was upgraded to Grade I status for 2021.
No races were downgraded from Grade I to Grade II for 2021.
Three races were upgraded to Grade II status for 2021: the Red Smith S. at Aqueduct and Franklin-Simpson S. and Kentucky Turf Cup S. at Kentucky Downs.
Three races were downgraded from Grade II to Grade III in 2021: the Knickerbocker S. at Belmont Park and Palos Verdes S. and Las Virgenes S. at Santa Anita Park.
Four races were upgraded to Grade III status for 2021: the Gulfstream Park Turf Sprint S. at Gulfstream Park; Tourist Mile S. at Kentucky Downs; and Caress S. and Saratoga Oaks Invitational S. at Saratoga.
Five races were downgraded from Grade III to Listed status for 2021: the Discovery S. at Aqueduct; Palm Beach S. and Rampart S. at Gulfstream Park; Red Bank S. at Monmouth Park; and Senator Ken Maddy S. at Santa Anita Park.
Twelve races were upgraded to Listed status for 2021: the CTT and TOC S. at Del Mar; Kentucky Downs Preview Ladies Turf S. and Kentucky Downs Preview Tourist Mile S. at Ellis Park; Pago Hop S. and Tom Benson Memorial S. at Fair Grounds; Dueling Grounds Oaks at Kentucky Downs; Oaklawn Mile S. and Oaklawn S. at Oaklawn Park; Desert Code S. at Santa Anita Park; Mahony S. at Saratoga; Suncoast S. at Tampa Bay Downs; and Kentucky Cup Classic S. at Turfway Park.
Five races were downgraded from Listed to non-Listed Black Type status for 2021: Correction S. at Aqueduct; Delta Mile S. at Delta Downs; Azalea S. at Gulfstream Park; Dixie Belle S. at Oaklawn Park; and John Battaglia Memorial S. at Turfway Park.
The Arlington Classic S., Arlington Matron S. and Stars and Stripes S. at Arlington Park; the C.E.R.F. S., Daisycutter H., Osunitas S. and Wickerr S. at Del Mar; Skip Away S. at Gulfstream Park; Maxxam Gold Cup S. at Sam Houston Race Park; Lone Star Park H. at Lone Star Park; Iowa Distaff S. and Saylorville S. at Prairie Meadows; and Adoration S., Black Pearl S. and Midnight Lute S. at Santa Anita Park were not eligible for grading in 2021.
MID-ATLANTIC GRADED STAKES
|CNL||VIRGINIA DERBY||3YO R T||3|
|VIRGINIA OAKS||3YO F R T||L|
|CT||CHARLES TOWN CLASSIC S.||3UP R D||2|
|CHARLES TOWN OAKS||3YO F SPR||3|
|DEL||CAPE HENLOPEN S.||3UP R T||L|
|DELAWARE H.||3UP F/M RD||2|
|DELAWARE OAKS||3YO F R D||3|
|KENT S.||3YO R T||3|
|OBEAH S.||3UP F/M RD||L|
|ROBERT G. DICK MEMORIAL S.||3UP F/M RT||3|
|LRL||ALL ALONG S.||3UP F/M RT||L|
|BALTIMORE/WASHINGTON INTERNATIONAL TURF CUP S.||3UP R T||3|
|BARBARA FRITCHIE S.||3UP F/M SPR||3|
|CITY OF LAUREL S.||3YO SPR||L|
|CONCERN S.||3YO SPR||L|
|DAVE’S FRIEND S.||3UP SPR||L|
|GENERAL GEORGE S.||3UP SPR||3|
|HENRY S. CLARK S.||3UP R T||L|
|JAPAN TURF CUP S.||3UP R T||L|
|RICHARD W. SMALL S.||3UP R D||L|
|SAFELY KEPT S.||3YO F SPR||L|
|STORMY BLUES S.||3YO F SPR||L|
|WILLA ON THE MOVE S.||3UP F/M SPR||L|
|MTH||CLIFF HANGER S.||3UP R T||L|
|EATONTOWN S.||3UP F/M RT||3|
|LADY’S SECRET S.||3UP F/M RD||L|
|MATCHMAKER S.||3UP F/M RT||3|
|MISS LIBERTY S.||3UP F/M RT||L|
|MOLLY PITCHER S.||3UP F/M RD||3|
|MONMOUTH CUP S.||3UP R D||3|
|MONMOUTH OAKS||3YO F R D||3|
|MONMOUTH S.||3UP R T||3|
|MR. PROSPECTOR S.||3UP SPR||L|
|OCEANPORT S.||3UP R T||L|
|PEGASUS S.||3YO R D||L|
|PHILIP H. ISELIN S.||3UP R D||3|
|RED BANK S.||3UP R T||L|
|SALVATOR MILE S.||3UP R D||3|
|TVG.COM HASKELL S.||3YO R D||1|
|UNITED NATIONS S.||3UP R T||1|
|VIOLET S.||3UP F/M RT||L|
|PEN||FABULOUS STRIKE S.||3UP SPR||L|
|PENN MILE S.||3YO R T||2|
|PENN OAKS||3YO F R T||L|
|PENNSYLVANIA GOVERNOR’S CUP S.||3UP T SPR||L|
|PIM||ALLAIRE DUPONT DISTAFF S.||3UP F/M RD||3|
|BLACK-EYED SUSAN S.||3YO F R D||2|
|CHICK LANG S.||3YO SPR||3|
|DINNER PARTY S.||3UP R T||2|
|FRANK J. DE FRANCIS MEMORIAL DASH S.||3UP SPR||3|
|GALLORETTE S.||3UP F/M RT||3|
|JAMES W. MURPHY S.||3YO R T||L|
|JIM MCKAY TURF SPRINT S.||3UP T SPR||L|
|MARYLAND SPRINT S.||3UP SPR||3|
|MISS PREAKNESS S.||3YO F SPR||3|
|PIMLICO SPECIAL S.||3UP R D||3|
|PREAKNESS S.||3YO R D||1|
|SKIPAT S.||3UP F/M SPR||L|
|THE VERY ONE S.||3UP T SPR||L|
|PRX||COTILLION S.||3YO F R D||1|
|DR. JAMES PENNY MEMORIAL S.||3UP F/M RT||3|
|GALLANT BOB S.||3YO SPR||2|
|GREENWOOD CUP S.||3UP R D||3|
|PARX DASH S.||3UP T SPR||3|
|PARX DIRT MILE S.||3UP R D||L|
|PENNSYLVANIA DERBY||3YO R D||1|
|SMARTY JONES S.||3YO R D||3|
|TURF MONSTER S.||3UP T SPR||3|