Blue Tone wins the San Gabriel Stakes

Blue Tone wins the San Gabriel Stakes

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Off-Turf San Gabriel Officially a Grade 3

Santa Anita Park stakes was automatically downgraded when moved from turf to dirt.

Following a review by the American Graded Stakes Committee, the San Gabriel Stakes that was taken off the turf Jan. 7 at Santa Anita Park will not have its grade 2 status reinstated. It will be recognized as a grade 3 race.

It is the policy of the American Graded Stakes Committee that a race scheduled for the turf course but moved to the dirt track after the closing of nominations because the turf course is unsuitable for racing, is automatically downgraded one level for that running only. The American Graded Stakes Committee will, however, promptly review the running of any race that is automatically downgraded as a result of this policy, and may reinstate its former status.

The American Graded Stakes Committee has reviewed the off-the-turf renewal of the San Gabriel and has determined that the original grade 2 status will not be reinstated for this renewal.

The winner of the race, Blue Tone, is therefore credited therefore credited with a grade 3 win, and the second- and third-place finishers are credited with grade 3 placings.