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January 28, 2015 - For Immediate Release
Jockey Club of Canada Graded Stakes Update:
Notable upgrade and black type changes for 2015
The Jockey Club of Canada’s Graded Stakes Committee held its annual review of the Graded and
Listed Stakes in Canada. The Committee upgraded one Listed race bringing the total to 44
Graded Stakes in Canada for 2015.
The Graded Stakes Committee meeting, conducted by Committee Chair, Jeff Begg with all
Committee Members as well as Chief Steward, Jim Lawson and the race secretaries from
Hastings Racecourse, Northlands Park and Woodbine Racetrack, was held on Tuesday,
January 27, 2015.
After reviewing the NARC and RQS figures for all Graded and Listed races in Canada, the
Committee determined that the Marine Stakes at Woodbine would be upgraded from a Listed
Stakes to a Grade 3 Stakes in 2015 with the recommendation that the purse be bumped to be
consistent with the other Grade 3 races at Woodbine. The status for all other Graded and Listed
Stakes in Canada will remain unchanged in 2015 (see listing below). Canada will host four
Grade 1, 16 Grade 2 and 24 Grade 3 races in 2015.
The Jockey Club of Canada Graded Stakes Committee evaluates and reviews the Graded and
Listed Stakes in Canada annually and determines whether races should be upgraded, downgraded
or remain the same. The Committee bases their decisions on the cumulative NARC ratings for
five consecutive years along with the new Race Quality Score (RQS) figures introduced last year
by the North American International Catalogue Standards Committee (NAICSC).
Graded and Listed Stakes in North America must maintain a minimum purse and minimum
cumulative NARC rating to retain or be considered as a Graded or Listed race.
Changes to the requirements for stakes in North America to receive non-listed black type in SITA
catalogues (those compliant with guidelines required by the Society of International
Thoroughbred Auctioneers) were implemented by the North American International Catalogue
Standards Committee (NAISCS) in 2014.
The primary change to the requirements was the implementation of the Race Quality Score (RQS)
as an additional quality control for non-listed black-type races in North America.
Non-Listed Black-type races include open stakes races with a purse of $50,000 to $74,999
available for distribution on the day of the race and all stakes races with a purse of $50,000 or
more that have a restriction allowed by NAISCS (i.e. state bred, stallions’ progeny, sales
graduates or non-winners of a sweepstakes) that have or exceed a minimum Race Quality Score
(RQS) requirement for individual age/sex division.
The RQS is the average of the Annual Race Quality Score for each of a race's last three renewals.
The Annual Race Quality Score is the combination of the speed figures assigned to a race by
Bloodstock Research Information Services (BRIS), Daily Racing Form (Beyer), Equibase and
Thoro-Graph and is calculated within 30 days after the date of the race. The speed figure assigned
to a race is the average of the speed figure assigned to each of the top four placed horses in the
race.
Non-Listed black-type races that receive an RQS below the minimum age/sex requirements and
have a three-year cumulative RQS below the minimum requirements will automatically lose their
black-type status without evaluation. The Jockey Club of Canada Graded Stakes Committee has
been made responsible for informing host racetracks of any black-type races that do not meet the
RQS requirement and subsequently have lost their black-type status. The Committee will also
communicate a warning to host tracks if a race is at risk of losing their black-type status in any
given year.
The Jockey Club of Canada Graded Stakes Committee reports that the following Stakes races in
Canada have lost Black-type status effective 2015:
Alberta Breeders’ Handicap - Northlands Park
CTHS Sales Stakes - 3YO Males - Hastings Racecourse
Freedom of the City S. - Northlands Park
Northlands Oaks - Northlands Park
Redekop BC Cup Classic H. - Hastings Racecourse
Sonoma Handicap - Northlands Park
Western Canada H. - Northlands Park
The following Black-Type Stakes Races are at risk of losing their black-type status in 2016 if the
minimum age/sex RQS and the minimum cumulative RQS is not achieved in 2015:
BC Cup Nursery - Hastings Racecourse
Birdcatcher S. - Northlands Park
Chris Loseth H. - Hastings Racecourse
Count Latham H. - Northlands Park
Edmonton Juvenile - Northlands Park
Hard Rock Casino Vancouver H. - Hastings Racecourse
Jim Coleman Province S. - Hastings Racecourse
KY Alta S. - Northlands Park
Madamoiselle H. - Northlands Park
River Rock Casino H. - Hastings Racecourse
Wild Rose H. - Northlands Park
The following Stakes races in Canada had already lost their Black-Type status in Canada in 2014:
Alberta Oaks – Northlands Park
Beaufort Stakes – Northlands Park
Bird of Pay Stakes – Northlands Park
Buffalo Stakes – Assiniboia Downs
Chariot Chaser Handicap – Northlands Park
CTHS Sales Stakes – 3YO Filly Division – Hastings Racecourse
Duchess of York Handicap – Northlands Park
Fall Classic Distaff Handicap – Northlands Park
J. W. Sifton Stakes – Assiniboia Downs
Matron Stakes – Assiniboia Downs
R.C. Anderson Stakes – Assiniboia Downs
R.K. (Red) Smith Handicap – Northlands Park
Red Diamond Express Handicap – Northlands Park
Sturgeon River Stakes – Northlands Park
Sun Sprint Championship Handicap – Northlands Park
Three and Four Year Old Filly Sales Stakes – Northlands Park
Three and Four Year Old Sales Stakes – Northlands Park
Two Year Old Sales Stakes – Northlands Park
With Approval Stakes – Woodbine Racetrack
Any new stakes races created and existing races with material changes to their conditions must
now be submitted to the NAICSC for review and black-type approval no less than 30 days prior
to the day the new race or changed race is to be run. New stakes races with a purse of less than
$75,000 available to all entries must run twice under essentially the same conditions before being
evaluated for black-type status.
For complete information on the RQS Black-Type requirements and/or for Black-type race status
updates go to www.northamericanicsc.com or contact Jeff Begg, Graded Stakes Committee Chair
at The Jockey Club of Canada 416-675-7756 or [email protected]
Graded Stakes for 2015 in Canada:
G1
Canadian International (Pattison)
12T
WO
3up
Woodbine Mile (Ricoh)
8T
WO
3up
Northern Dancer Turf
12T
WO
3up
E.P. Taylor Stakes
10T
WO
3up f/m
Summer Stakes
8T
WO
2yo
Natalma Stakes
8T
WO
2yof
Sky Classic Stakes
11T
WO
3up
Nijinsky Stakes
12T
WO
3up
Play The King Stakes
7T
WO
3up
Nearctic Stakes
6T
WO
3up
King Edward Stakes
9T
WO
3up
Highlander Stakes
6T
WO
3up
Autumn Stakes
8.5
WO
3up
Kennedy Road Stakes
6
WO
3up
Bessarabian Stakes
7
WO
3up f/m
8.5T
WO
3up f/m
Dance Smartly Stakes
9T
WO
3up f/m
Canadian Stakes
9T
WO
3up f/m
Connaught Cup Stakes
7T
WO
4up
Eclipse Stakes
8.5
WO
3up
G2
Nassau Stakes
G3
Grey Stakes
8.5
WO
2yo
Mazarine Stakes
8.5
WO
2yof
BC Premier's H.
11
Hst
3up
Bold Venture Stakes
6.5
WO
3up
Seagram Cup Stakes
8.5
WO
3up
Dominion Day H.
10
WO
3up
Singspiel Stakes
12T
WO
3up
Durham Cup Stakes
9
WO
3up
Valedictory Stakes
14
WO
3up
Vigil Stakes
7
WO
3up
Ballerina Stakes
9
Hst
3up f/m
Maple Leaf Stakes
10
WO
3up f/m
Ontario Fashion Stakes
6
WO
3up f/m
Seaway Stakes
7
WO
3up f/m
Royal North Stakes
6T
WO
3up f/m
Ontario Matron Stakes
8.5
WO
3up f/m
6
WO
3up f/m
6.5
WO
4up f/m
Ontario Derby
9
WO
3yo
Marine Stakes
8.5
WO
3yo
British Columbia Derby
9
Hst
3yo
Canadian Derby
11
NP
3yo
Selene Stakes
8.5
WO
3yof
Ontario Colleen Stakes
8T
WO
3yof
Whimsical Stakes
Hendrie Stakes
The Jockey Club of Canada was founded in 1973 by E.P. Taylor to serve as the
international representative of the Canadian Thoroughbred industry. The mission of The
Jockey Club of Canada is to promote and maintain a high standard for Thoroughbred
racing and breeding in Canada at a level which is recognized internationally for the
benefit of all those interested in the sport including the general public by operations and
services such as, but not limited to: evaluating all Graded, Listed and Black-type races in
Canada annually; conducting the annual Sovereign Awards for outstanding achievement
in Thoroughbred racing and breeding in Canada; maintaining a field office in Canada for
the Jockey Club of the United States and the Jockey Club Registry Service; and by
representing Canada as a Member of the IFHA.
-30For More Information contact:
Stacie Roberts
Executive Director
The Jockey Club of Canada
P.O. Box 66, Stn. B
Toronto, ON
M9W 5K9
416-675-7756
[email protected]
www.jockeyclubcanada.com