Jockey Club of Canada Graded Stakes Committee Announces Two Upgrades from Black Type to Listed Status for 2021

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

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 decrease to 41, due to individual racetracks choosing to place selected races on hold for the 2021 season. Additionally, two races currently with Black Type status will be upgraded to Listed status for 2021.

The Graded Stakes Committee meeting was conducted by Committee Chair, Ross McKague who was accompanied by all of the appointed Committee Members, David Anderson, James Bannon, Jeffrey Begg, Tom Cosgrove, Catherine Day Phillips, Bernard McCormack and Jockey Club of Canada’s Chief Steward R. Glenn Sikura. As well, the attending racetrack representatives included Julie Bell, Scott Lane, Rob MacLennan and Nichelle Milner.


The Committee reviewed the North American Race Committee (NARC) figures and the Race Quality Scores (RQS) for all of the Graded Stakes Races in Canada. In general, evaluation indicated slight declines in the performance of most Graded Stakes races across Canada. These numbers will remain on historical record, but were not used to upgrade, downgrade, or place on watch any individual races. 2020 was recognized as an anomalous year. The committee is, however, fully aware of the possibility that some effects of the pandemic of 2020 may continue in the future.


After reviewing the NARC figures and the RQS for all Listed and Black Type races in Canada, the Committee determined that two, highly qualified, open Black Type races will be elevated to Listed status: the Ontario Racing S. and the Woodbine Cares S.


Other changes include the G1 Northern Dancer S., G3 Eclipse S., G2 Nijinsky S. and the G2 Play the King S. have all been placed on hold and will not be run in 2021. There will be two distance decreases: the G3 Valedictory S. from 14 furlongs to 12 furlongs and the G3 Vigil S. from 7 furlongs to 6 furlongs.

Additionally, the following races have had a change to their age requirement for 2021: the G2 Nassau S., G2 Royal North S., G3 Dominion Day S. G3 Royal North S., G3 Vigil S., G3 Ontario Matron S., G3 Seaway S., and G3 Trillium S. all change from 3 years old and up to 4 years old and up. The G3 Hendrie S. changes from 4 years old and up to 3 years old and up.


Graded Stakes for 2021 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
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        
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
Nassau Stakes G2 8T WO 4up 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 4up 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 4up
Singspiel Stakes G3 10T WO 3up
Durham Cup Stakes G3 8.5 WO 3up
Valedictory Stakes G3 12 WO 3up
Bold Venture G3 6.5 WO 4up
Vigil Stakes G3 6 WO 4up
Ballerina Stakes G3 9 HST 3up f/m
Ontario Fashion Stakes G3 6 WO 3up f/m
Seaway Stakes G3 7 WO 4up f/m
Maple Leaf Stakes G3 10 WO 3up f/m
Ontario Matron Stakes G3 8.5 WO 4up f/m
Whimsical Stakes G3 6 WO 4up f/m
Hendrie Stakes G3 6.5 WO 3up 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 4up f/m
Jacques Cartier Stakes G3 6 WO 4up



For complete information visit: 2021 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.


For more information contact:

Candice Dixon

General Manager

The Jockey Club of Canada

P.O. Box 66, Stn. B

Toronto, ON. M9W 5K9