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No Salix in Graded Stakes for 2YOs in 2012

No Salix in Graded Stakes for 2YOs in 2012

The American Graded Stakes Committee said Aug. 10 it will employ a pilot program that will ban race-day medications -- primarily the anti-bleeding drug Salix -- in graded 2-year-old stakes in 2012.

Three Pennsylvania Races Lose Graded Status

Three Pennsylvania Races Lose Graded Status

The Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) and two other Pennsylvania races lost their graded status for 2009 because the state racing commission didn't follow a more extensive drug testing protocol required by the American Graded Stakes Committee.

Thoro-Graph Reports Part of Grading Process

The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced Oct. 22 that the American Graded Stakes Committee will begin using customized Thoro-Graph reports in addition to its other statistical measurements as part of the materials for the 2009 grading session.

Three Off-the-Turf Stakes Downgrades Upheld

Three Off-the-Turf Stakes Downgrades Upheld

The downgrades of three stakes at Belmont Park on Oct. 4 that were switched to the main track from the turf course will be maintained for this year, according to the American Graded Stakes Committee.

Pan American Reinstated as Grade III

Pan American Reinstated as Grade III

In accord with American Graded Stakes Committee policy, the March 21 renewal of the Pan American Stakes (gr. IIIT), scheduled for the Gulfstream Park turf course, but switched to the main track, was automatically downgraded from a grade III to ungraded status and was conducted as an ungraded stakes race.

Churchill Trims Spring Stakes Schedule

Churchill Trims Spring Stakes Schedule

Churchill Downs has unveiled a stakes schedule for its 2009 spring meet that is headed by the 135th renewals of the $2-million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and the $500,000 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I). There will be 29 events with total purses of $7.575 million.

Florida Issues Steroid Rules

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The Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering on Dec. 18 announced the issuance of new rules on use of anabolic steroids for race horses in the state.

Six New Grade I Races for 2009

Six New Grade I Races for 2009

There will be seven more graded stakes in the United States in 2009, with six new grade I events -- two of them part of the Breeders' Cup World Championships--based on a listing of graded stakes released Nov. 25 by the American Graded Stakes Committee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association.

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