The Jockey Club of Canada’s Graded Stakes Committee held its annual review of the Graded and Listed Stakes in Canada and, while the number of Graded Stakes in Canada remains unchanged at 44, there will be two upgrades of Non-Listed races to Listed races for 2017.

The status for all other Graded and Listed Stakes in Canada will remain unchanged in 2017. Canada will continue to host five Grade 1, 15 Grade 2 and 24 Grade 3 races in 2017.

The Graded Stakes Committee meeting was conducted by Committee Chair, Jeffrey Begg and Co-Chair James Bannon also accompanied by all Committee Members as well as the race secretaries from Hastings Racecourse, Northlands Park and Woodbine Racetrack, on Tuesday 20th December, 2016.

After reviewing the NARC figures for all Graded and Listed races in Canada, the Committee determined that the following two races would be upgraded from a Non-Listed race to a Listed Race in 2017:

Trillium S. • Woodbine  Racecourse

Delta Colleen H. • Hastings Racecourse

The Jockey Club of Canada Graded Stakes Committee evaluates and reviews the Graded 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.

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) on January 1, 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.

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 the responsibility to inform 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 stakes 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 2017:

Jim Coleman Province S. • Hastings Racecourse

KY Alta H. • Northlands Park

The following Black-Type Stakes Races are at risk of losing their black-type status in 2018 if the minimum age/sex RQS and the minimum cumulative RQS is not achieved in 2017:

Canadian Juvenile S. • Northlands Park

Dutchess of York H. • Northlands Park

Freedom of the City S. • Northlands Park

BC Cup Debutante S.  • Hastings Racecourse

BC Cup Distaff H. • Hastings Racecourse

BC Cup Nursery S. • Hastings Racecourse

Hard Rock Casino Vancouver H. • Hastings Racecourse

New Westminster H. • Hastings Racecourse

Richmond Derby Trial H. (formally the Richmond Derby Trial H.) • Hastings Racecourse

The following Black-Type Stakes Races have has a RQS equal to or above the established minimum RQS for its age/sex division in 2015 and 2016 and therefore have regained Black-Type Status effective 1st January, 2017.

R.K. (Red) Smith H. • Northlands Park

Sonoma H. • Northlands Park

Sun Spirit Championship H. • Northlands Park

Any new stakes races created and existing races with material changes to their conditions must  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.

 

Sarah Elsley is a freelance editor and proofreader who is the Junior News Editor for Eclipse magazine. She has a degree in English Literature and is a keen horse rider with an interest in fashion at the races and fiction writing.

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