Jockey Club of Canada Graded Stakes Committee Announces Upgrades for 2018
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

January 31, 2018 - For Immediate Release

Jockey Club of Canada Graded Stakes Committee Announces Upgrades for 2018

The Jockey Club of Canada’s Graded Stakes Committee held its annual review of the Graded and Listed Stakes in Canada and will have several upgrades for 2018.

The Graded Stakes Committee meeting was conducted by Committee Chair, Ross McKague and accompanied by all Committee Members as well as the attending race advisors, Jason Teague, Stuart Slagle, Steve Lym, Tim Lawson, Paul Ryneveld and Tom Cosgrove.

After reviewing the NARC figures for all Graded and Listed races in Canada, the Committee determined that the following races would be upgraded in 2018:

The Summer Stakes will be upgraded from a G2 to G1

The Highlander Stakes will be upgraded from G2 to G1

The Royal North Stakes will be upgraded from G3 to G2

The Trillium Stakes will move from Listed Status to G3

Along with the upgrades, the Speed to Spare Stakes did not receive sufficient RQS numbers in 2017 and therefore will lose its Black-Type status in 2018, disqualifying it from Listed Status.

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.

For complete information visit: http://www.jockeyclubcanada.com/2018-graded-stakes-in-canada/

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 a high standard 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:

Camille Casse

The Jockey Club of Canada

P.O. Box 66, Stn. B

Toronto, ON

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416-675-7756

jockeyclubcanada@gmail.com

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