Graded Stakes Changing in 2014

Graded stakes adjustments in 2014.

Q-Racing Journal
May 13, 2013

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Graded stakes in American Quarter Horse racing are intended to identify races of the highest importance with the top quality of field. While stakes in 2013 held their grades from 2012, a number of races in 2014 will see changes.

Changes are made by the Graded Stakes Committee, which meets annually to evaluate and affirm the relative quality of races and issues its collective opinion in the form of ranked Grades: Grade 1, Grade 2, and Grade 3, with Grade 1 being the highest.

Two Grade 1 races have been downgraded. Both the West Texas Futurity and the Bank of America Sam Houston Championship Challenge have become Grade 2s.

Races that have been upgraded include the KOFX-FM Handicap from a Grade 3 to a Grade 2; the Zia Derby, Four Corners Senora Stakes and Vals Fortune Stakes will all go from a Restricted Grade 3 to a Restricted Grade 2; the OB Cockerell Handicap and Miss Polly Classic will both go from ungraded to Grade 3 races; and the Don Cravins Stakes and New Mexican Spring Fling will go from Restricted to Restricted Grade 3 races.

To see more on the grading process and the complete list of 2014 graded stakes, visit the Graded Stakes page.

Races with grade changes:

Race
2013 Grade
2014 Grade
West Texas Futurity
G1
G2
Bank of America Sam Houston Championship Challenge
G1
G2
Adequan Derby Challenge Championship
G2
G3
Sunland Park Winter Derby
G2
G3
El Primero Del Ano Derby
G2
G3
Dash For Cash Derby
G2
G3
West Texas Maturity
G2
G3
Oklahoma Horsemen's Association Futurity
RG2
NG
Governor's Cup Derby
RG2
RG3
Delta Downs Louisiana Breeders' Derby
RG2
RG3
Mid City Stakes
RG2
R
KOFX-FM Handicap
G3
G2
Valley Junction Futurity
G3
NG
Mile High Futurity
G3
NG
Gillespie Co. Fair Futurity
G3
NG
John Deere Sam Houston Juvenile Challenge 
G3
NG
Prescott Valley Laddie/Lassie Futurity
G3
NG
Yavapai Downs Futurity
G3
NG
PCQRHA Breeders Derby 
G3
NG
Retama Park Derby
G3
NG
Speedhorse Derby
G3
NG
Altoona Derby
G3
NG
Adequan Prairie Meadows Derby Challenge
G3
NG
Bank of America Ft. Erie Championship Challenge
G3
NG
Bank of America Turf Paradise Championship Challenge
G3
NG
Herman Jefferson Stakes
G3
NG
Covered Bridges Stakes
G3
NG
Zia Derby
RG3
RG2
New Mexico State Fair Breeders Derby
RG3
NG
Jack Brooks Stakes
RG3
NG
Pelican Stakes
RG3
NG
TQHA Sires' Cup Derby
RG3
NG
Billy Montgomery LAD Stakes
RG3
NG
Four Corners Senora Stakes
RG3
RG2
Vals Fortune Stakes
RG3
RG2
Terrace Hill Stakes
RG3
NG
Mr Jess Perry LAD Stakes
RG3
NG
OB Cockerell Handicap
NG
G3
Miss Polly Classic
NG
G3
Don Cravins Stakes
R
RG3
New Mexican Spring Fling
R
RG3