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Q-Racing JournalMay 13, 2013
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:
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