Keyword: graded stakes

  • The Delaware Handicap, won by Songbird this year, has been downgraded from grade 1 to grade 2 status for 2018

    AGSC Announces U.S. Graded and Listed Stakes for 2018

    The American Graded Stakes Committee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association Dec. 1 presented its listing of U.S. graded and listed stakes races for 2018, the result of its annual grading session conducted Nov. 28 and 29 in Lexington.

  • Stakes and Chops

    There have been many, myself included, who were shocked by the Graded Stakes committee's decision to downgrade two of the most historic Kentucky Derby preps, the Wood Memorial and Blue Grass Stakes, from grade I to grade II.

  • Pure Sensation wins Jaipur Invitational at Belmont

    Top Turf Sprinters Entered in Parx Dash

    Two sharp turf sprinters owned by Colts Neck Stables, along with The Jim Stable's Ben's Cat and recent grade III winner Pure Sensation, are among 10 horses entered in the $200,000 Parx Dash (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-olds and up July 9 at Parx Racing.

  • Donegal Moon wins Pegasus Stakes at Monmouth

    Donegal Moon Gets First Stakes Win in Pegasus

    Donegal Racing's Donegal Moon, fourth in the Sir Barton Stakes in his last start, broke through for his first stakes victory in the $100,000 Betfair.com Pegasus Stakes (gr. III) for 3-year-olds June 19 at Monmouth Park.

  • Fabulous Strike wins 2009 True North Stakes

    True North Stakes Has Rich History

    The $250,000 True North Stakes (gr. II), to be run June 11 as part of the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) program, has quietly become one of the nation's premier stakes sprints with a rich history of speedy, talented, and memorable winners.

  • Cyrus Alexander wins Lone Star Park Handicap May 30

    Cyrus Alexander Wins Lone Star Handicap

    Spendthrift Farm and Stonestreet Stables' Cyrus Alexander, a 4-year-old Medaglia d'Oro colt, got his first stakes win when he captured the $200,000 Lone Star Handicap (gr. III) for 3-year-olds and up May 30 at Lone Star Park.

  • Surgical Strike (outside) wins Arlington Classic May 28

    Surgical Strike Gets His Graded Stakes Win

    The addition of blinkers and a dawdling pace may have helped, but in any event the consistent 3-year-old Red Giant colt Surgical Strike finally broke through for his first grade stakes victory May 28 at Arlington International Racecourse.

  • Stanford wins Charles Town Classic

    CT Classic Rematch in Pimlico Special?

    Stanford and Page McKenney, the one-two finishers in the $1.25 million Charles Town Classic (gr. II) last time out, are set for a rematch in the $300,000 Pimlico Special (gr. III) May 20 at Pimlico Race Course, if Stanford makes the gate.

  • Taris after win at Santa Anita

    Taris Will Cut Back for Humana Distaff

    Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith, and Susan Magnier's multiple graded-stakes winner Taris will cut back in distance after a strong effort in a 1 1/8-mile grade I stakes in California when she starts in the $300,000 Humana Distaff (gr. I) May 7.

  • Shotgun Kowboy after his win in the Oklahoma Derby

    Shotgun Kowboy Seeks Texas Mile Prize

    C. R. Trout's Shotgun Kowboy, an Oklahoma-bred who last year showed enough promise to warrant a start in the grade I Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs, will make his third start off a layoff in the May 6 Texas Mile (gr. III) at Lone Star Park.

  • Olorda (inside) holds off Al's Gal in the Bewitch Stakes

    Olorda Front-Running Winner of Bewitch

    German-bred Olorda has found new life racing on the lead, as evidenced by a gate-to-wire win the $150,000 Bewitch Stakes (gr. IIIT) for fillies and mares April 29, closing day of the spring meet at Keeneland.

  • Take the Stand comes home strong to win the Muniz Memorial Stakes.

    Take the Stand Easily Wins Muniz Memorial

    Earle Mack, Wachtel Stable, and Brous Stable's Take the Stand popped the gate from the rail post position and never looked back in a handy victory in the $300,000 Muniz Memorial Stakes (gr. IIT) March 26 at Fair Grounds.

  • Heart to Heart (right) leads them home in the Ft. Lauderdale.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2016/i-SdrkGv9">Order This Photo</a>

    Heart to Heart All the Way in Ft. Lauderdale

    Terry Hamilton's Heart to Heart began 2016 the way his 2015 season ended -- with a victory in a graded stakes, this time the $200,000 Ft. Lauderdale (gr. IIT) for 4-year-olds and up Jan. 9 at Gulfstream Park.

  • Los Alamitos will kick off its 12-day meet Dec. 3

    Los Alamitos Set for 12-Day Meet

    The third and final Thoroughbred meet of 2015 at Los Alamitos Race Course begins Dec. 3 with an eight-race program. Racing will be conducted on a Thursday-through-Sunday basis through Dec. 20 with first post at 12:30 PST.

  • The Pizza Man comes home strong to win the Hollywood Turf Cup Stakes.

    The Pizza Man Wins Hollywood Turf Cup

    The Pizza Man, coming off a good fifth-place finish last out in the Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT), proved too much for his Hollywood Turf Cup (gr. IIT) field, easily capturing the Nov. 26 race in which he was third a year ago.

  • Goldencents won the 2012 edition of the Delta Downs Jackpot

    'Jackpot' Comes of Age for Delta Downs

    The $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot, inaugurated in 2002, has come a long way, and a decision made several years ago to move the race to the afternoon has led to strong gains in pari-mutuel wagering.

  • Saratoga Special winner Exaggerator heads $1 million Delta Jackpot Stakes

    Exaggerator Morning-Line Choice for Jackpot

    Big Chief Racing's Exaggerator, a steady fourth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), was installed the 2-1 morning-line choice for the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot Stakes (gr. III) Nov. 21.

  • Amelia's Wild Ride won the Woodford Stakes on the main track.

    Woodford Stakes Grade Reinstated

    The American Graded Stakes Committee has reinstated the grade III status of the Oct. 3 Woodford Stakes, which was originally scheduled for turf but moved to the main track at Keeneland.

  • Ralis pulled away to capture Hopeful at Saratoga

    Ralis Returns From California for Champagne

    Reddam Racing's Ralis, an easy winner of the Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) in his first start outside of California, figures to be favored versus eight other 2-year-olds in the $500,000 Champagne Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Oct. 3.

  • Ageless

    Ageless, Living The Life Return for Masters

    Lael Stables' Ageless, who rarely fails to put forth an excellent effort, is scheduled to return to Presque Isle Downs & Casino Sept. 7 for another try in the $400,000 Presque Isle Masters Stakes (gr. II).

  • Souper Colossal

    Souper Colossal Lands Inside for Smarty Jones

    Live Oak Plantation's Souper Colossal, a sharp second in the West Virginia Derby (gr. II) in his last start, will attempt to capture his first graded stakes in the Smarty Jones Stakes (gr. III) Aug. 29 at Parx.

  • Watsdachances gets the victory in the Beverly D. after the disqualification of Secret Gesture.

    Watsdachances Put Up in Beverly D. Stakes

    A late rally into second by Watsdachances helped the daughter of Diamond Green to her first grade I victory when she was placed first in the Beverly D. Stakes Aug. 15 at Arlington International Racecourse.

  • Flashy American isn't lacking in experience with 36 starts.

    Flashy American, Willow Hills in Groupie Doll

    Preston Stables' Flashy American, who last raced in the grade I Delaware Handicap, and the lightly raced but ultra-consistent Willow Hills are among those entered for the $100,000 Groupie Doll Stakes (gr. II) Aug. 8.

  • Madefromlucky and Joe Bravo take the West Virginia Derby.

    Madefromlucky Gets Job Done in WV Derby

    Cheyenne Stables and Mac Nichol's Madefromlucky, out of the shadow of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, rallied nicely from off the pace to capture the $750,000 West Virginia Derby (gr. II) Aug. 1 at Mountaineer.