Jockey Club of Canada Graded Stakes Committee Announces Six Upgrades from Black Type to Listed Status for 2020
Wednesday, February 5, 2020

The Jockey Club of Canada’s Graded Stakes Committee held its annual review of the Graded and Listed Stakes races in Canada. The number of Graded Stakes in Canada will remain at 45. However, six races currently with Black Type status will be upgraded to Listed status for 2020.

The Graded Stakes Committee meeting was conducted by Committee Chair, Ross McKague who was accompanied by all Committee Members, Jeffrey Begg, Tom Cosgrove, Catherine Day Phillips and Jockey Club of Canada’s Chief Steward R. Glenn Sikura. As well, the attending race track representatives included Julie Bell, Jessica Buckley, Matt Jukich, Scott Lane, Darren MacDonald, Rob MacLennan and Nichelle Milner.

 

After reviewing the North American Race Committee (NARC) figures and the Race Quality Scores (RQS) for all Graded and Listed races in Canada, the Committee determined that six, highly qualified, open Black Type races will be elevated to Listed status for 2020. The races include, the Belle Mahone S., Flaming Page S., Sweet Briar Too S., Charlie Barley S., Alywow S., and Ruling Angel S. These races had previously been considered ineligible for Graded and Listed status.

Other changes include distance decreases for the G2 Nijinsky S. decreasing from 12 furlongs to 10 furlongs, the G3 Dominion Day S. decreasing from 10 furlongs to 9 furlongs, the G3 Singspiel S. decreasing from 12 furlongs to 10 furlongs and the G3 Durham Cup S. decreasing from 9 furlongs to 8.5 furlongs for 2020.

Additionally, Fantasy S. was downgraded from Listed Status to Black Type for 2020.

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 as well as the most recent and Black-type RQS Scores.

 

Graded Stakes for 2020 in Canada:

Name of Stakes Race

Grade

Distance

Track

Age/Sex

Current G1s

 

 

 

 

Canadian International (Pattison)

G1

12T

WO

3up

Woodbine Mile (Ricoh)

G1

8T

WO

3up

Northern Dancer Turf

G1

12T

WO

3up

E.P. Taylor Stakes

G1

10T

WO

3up f/m

Natalma Stakes

G1

8T

WO

2yof

Summer Stakes

G1

8T

WO

2yo

Highlander Stakes

G1

6T

WO

3up

 

 

 

 

 

Current G2s

 

 

 

 

Nijinsky Stakes

G2

10T

WO

3up

Play The King Stakes

G2

7T

WO

3up

King Edward Stakes

G2

8T

WO

3up

Autumn Stakes

G2

8.5

WO

3up

Kennedy Road Stakes

G2

6

WO

3up

Nearctic Stakes

G2

6T

WO

3up

Connaught Cup Stakes

G2

7T

WO

4up

Eclipse Stakes

G2

8.5

WO

4up

Nassau Stakes

G2

8T

WO

3up f/m

Dance Smartly Stakes

G2

10T

WO

3up f/m

Canadian Stakes

G2

9T

WO

3up f/m

Bessarabian Stakes

G2

7

WO

3up f/m

Royal North Stakes

G2

6T

WO

3up f/m

 

 

 

 

 

Current G3s

 

 

 

 

Grey Stakes

G3

8.5

WO

2yo

Mazarine Stakes

G3

8.5

WO

2yof

Marine Stakes

G3

8.5

WO

3yo

BC Premier’s Handicap

G3

11

HST

3up

Seagram Cup Stakes

G3

8.5

WO

3up

Dominion Day Stakes

G3

9

WO

3up

Singspiel Stakes

G3

10T

WO

3up

Durham Cup Stakes

G3

8.5

WO

3up

Valedictory Stakes

G3

14

WO

3up

Bold Venture

G3

6.5

WO

3up

Vigil Stakes

G3

7

WO

4up

Ballerina Stakes

G3

9

HST

3up f/m

Ontario Fashion Stakes

G3

6

WO

3up f/m

Seaway Stakes

G3

7

WO

3up f/m

Maple Leaf Stakes

G3

10

WO

3up f/m

Ontario Matron Stakes

G3

8.5

WO

3up f/m

Whimsical Stakes

G3

6

WO

4up f/m

Hendrie Stakes

G3

6.5

WO

4up f/m

British Columbia Derby

G3

9

HST

3yo

Canadian Derby

G3

10

CTM

3yo

Ontario Derby

G3

9

WO

3yo

Selene Stakes

G3

8.5

WO

3yof

Ontario Colleen Stakes

G3

8T

WO

3yof

Trillium Stakes

G3

8.5

WO

3up f/m

Jacques Cartier Stakes

G3

6

WO

4up

 

 

For complete information visit: 2020 Canadian Graded and Listed 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 the highest standards 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.

 

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For more information contact:

 

Candice Dixon

General Manager

The Jockey Club of Canada

P.O. Box 66, Stn. B

Toronto, ON. M9W 5K9

416-675-7756

jockeyclubcanada@gmail.com

www.jockeyclubcanada.com