Notable downgrade and black type changes for 2014

The Jockey Club of Canada’s Graded Stakes Committee held its annual review of the Graded and Listed Stakes in Canada and while the number of Graded Stakes in Canada remains unchanged at 43 there is one notable downgrade for 2014.

The Graded Stakes Committee meeting, conducted by Committee Chair, Jeff Begg with all Committee Members as well as Chief Steward, Jim Lawson and the race secretaries from Hastings Racecourse, Northlands Park and Woodbine Racetrack, was held on Tuesday, January 21, 2014.

After reviewing the NARC and RQS figures for all Graded and Listed races in Canada, the Committee determined that the Grade 1 Nearctic Stakes at Woodbine would be downgraded to Grade 2 status in 2014.  The status for all other Graded and Listed Stakes in Canada will remain unchanged in 2014 Canada will host four Grade 1, sixteen Grade 2 and twenty-three Grade 3 races in 2014. Click Here for Graded Stakes List

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 along with the new Race Quality Score (RQS) figures introduced last year by the North American International Catalogue Standards Committee (NAICSC).

Graded Stakes in North America must carry the following minimum purses and minimum cumulative NARC: $250,000 and 112 NARC for Grade 1; $150,000 and 105 NARC for Grade 2 and $100,000 and 100 NARC for Grade 3.

In 2013 the Jockey Club of Canada Graded Stakes Committee was made responsible for evaluating all Listed Stakes in Canada using the same evaluation process mentioned above.  All Listed races in North America must have a minimum purse of $75,000 and a minimum cumulative NARC of 90.

Changes to the requirements for stakes in North America to receive non-listed black type in SITA catalogues (those compliant with guidelines required by the Society of International Thoroughbred Auctioneers) were implemented by the North American International Catalogue Standards Committee (NAISCS) on January 1, 2014. (see attached North American Black-Type Requirements from the NAICSC website).

The primary change to the requirements was the implementation of the Race Quality Score (RQS) as an additional quality control for non-listed black-type races in North America.

The RQS is the average of the Annual Race Quality Score for each of a race’s last three renewals.  The Annual Race Quality Score is the combination of the speed figures assigned to a race by Bloodstock Research Information Services (BRIS), Daily Racing Form (Beyer), Equibase and Thoro-Graph and is calculated within 30 days after the date of the race. The speed figure assigned to a race is the average of the speed figure assigned to each of the top four placed horses in the race.

Non-Listed black-type races that receive an RQS below the minimum age/sex requirements and have a three-year cumulative RQS below the minimum requirements will automatically lose their black-type status without evaluation.  The Jockey Club of Canada Graded Stakes Committee has been made responsible for informing host racetracks of any black-type races that do not meet the RQS requirement and subsequently have lost their black-type status.  The Committee will also communicate a warning to host tracks if a stakes is at risk of losing their black-type status in any given year.

The Jockey Club of Canada Graded Stakes Committee reports that the following Stakes races in Canada have lost Black-type status effective 2014:

Alberta Oaks – Northlands Park

Beaufort Stakes – Northlands Park

Bird of Pay Stakes – Northlands Park

Buffalo Stakes – Assiniboia Downs

Chariot Chaser Handicap – Northlands Park

CTHS Sales Stakes – 3YO Filly Division – Hastings Racecourse

Duchess of York Handicap – Northlands Park

Fall Classic Distaff Handicap – Northlands Park

J. W. Sifton Stakes – Assiniboia Downs

Matron Stakes – Assiniboia Downs

R.C. Anderson Stakes – Assiniboia Downs

R.K. (Red) Smith Handicap – Northlands Park

Red Diamond Express Handicap – Northlands Park

Sturgeon River Stakes – Northlands Park

Sun Sprint Championship Handicap – Northlands Park

Three and Four Year Old Filly Sales Stakes – Northlands Park

Three and Four Year Old Sales Stakes – Northlands Park

Two Year Old Sales Stakes – Northlands Park

With Approval Stakes – Woodbine Racetrack

The following Black-Type Stakes Races are at risk of losing their black-type status in 2015 if the minimum age/sex RQS and the minimum cumulative RQS is not achieved in 2014:

Assiniboia Oaks – Assiniboia Downs

CTHS Sales Stakes – 2YO Male division – Hastings Racecourse

New Westminster Stakes – Hastings Racecourse

Northlands Oaks – Northlands Park

Rainbow Connection Stakes – Fort Erie Race Track

Sonoma Hanidcap – Northlands Park

Western Canada Handicap – Northlands Park

Any new stakes races created and existing races with material changes to their conditions must now be submitted to the NAICSC for review and black-type approval no less than 30 days prior to the day the new race or changed race is to be run.   New stakes races with a purse of less than $75,000 available to all entries must run twice under essentially the same conditions before being evaluated for black-type status.

For complete information on the RQS Black-Type requirements (see below) and/or for Black-type race status updates go to www.northamericanicsc.com or contact Jeff Begg, Graded Stakes Committee Chair at The Jockey Club of Canada  416-675-7756 or jockeyclub@bellnet.ca.

NORTH AMERICAN BLACK-TYPE REQUIREMENTS

EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2014

In 2014, for a stakes race in the United States and Canada to receive black type in SITA catalogues, it must:

  • have a minimum purse value of $50,000 available for distribution on the day of the race
  • have a Black-Type Race Quality Score equal to or above the established minimum Race Quality Score for its age/sex division.
  • close at least 72 hours in advance of its running, have a fee paid by the owner of the entrant, and have a total purse value available for distribution on the day of the race equal to or greater than      the established minimum
  • have all entries be eligible for the purse monies used to determine the minimum purse value for black type
  • not have restrictions other than state-bred, non-winners of a sweepstakes, sales graduates or stallions’ progeny
  • not contain a preference clause(s) based on criteria unrelated to the quality of the horse if such preference clause(s) could possibly exclude any horse(s) of superior quality from competing

A Black-Type Race Quality Score is the average of the Annual Race Quality Score for each of a race’s last three renewals.  The Annual Race Quality Score is the combination of the speed figures assigned to a race by Bloodstock Research Information Services (BRIS), Daily Racing Form (Beyer), Equibase and Thoro-Graph. The Annual Race Quality Score will be calculated based on speed figures provided within 30 days after the date of the race. The speed figure assigned to a race is the average of the speed figure assigned to each of the top four placed horses in the race.

If a race has a Black-Type Race Quality Score and an Annual Race Quality Score for the most current renewal below the established minimum Race Quality Score for its age/sex division, then a race will lose its black-type status.

A race that is not conducted for two consecutive years will lose its black-type status.

For turf races the three most current turf renewals will be used to calculate the Black-Type Race Quality Score. If a turf race has not had a renewal on the turf in the last five years, then the three most recent dirt renewals will be used to calculate the Black-Type Race Quality Score.

A race that has lost black-type status must be conducted two times subsequent to losing its black-type status before being evaluated for reinstatement of black-type status.  The race must have a Black-Type Race Quality Score and an Annual Race Quality Score for the most current renewal equal to or above the established minimum Race Quality Score for its age/sex division in order for black-type status to be reinstated.

Starting in 2014 and thereafter, new races created and existing races with material changes to their conditions will be submitted to a committee of the NAICSC for review prior to the inaugural running to determine if the inaugural running will receive black-type status.  To be eligible for review by the committee a new race must have a minimum purse of $75,000 available to all entries and appear in the track’s published stakes schedule.  New races eligible for review and existing races with material changes to the conditions must be submitted to the committee no less than 30 days prior to the day the new race or changed race is to be run. To facilitate implementation during 2014, the committee may on an exceptional basis review requests for new races or existing races with material changes that are not submitted 30 days prior to the day the race is to be run.

A race granted black-type status for its inaugural running will need to run under essentially the same conditions for each of its first two renewals, including having a purse of no less than $75,000 available to all entries, and achieve an Annual Race Quality Score for each of its first two renewals equal to or above the minimum Race Quality Score for its age/sex division.  The inaugural running must achieve an Annual Race Quality Score equal to or above the minimum Race Quality Score for its age/sex division for the second running to maintain black-type status.

New races created in 2014 and thereafter with a purse of less than $75,000 available to all entries must run twice under essentially the same conditions before being evaluated for black-type status.  To receive black-type status for its third running a new race will need to achieve an Annual Race Quality Score for each of its first two renewals equal to or above the minimum Race Quality Score for its age/sex division.

Notice of race name changes must be submitted to the committee.

 


2013 BLACK TYPE REQUIREMENTS FOR

NORTH AMERICAN RACING

 

In 2013, for a stakes race in the United States or Canada to receive black type in SITA catalogues, it must:

  • Have a minimum purse value of $50,000 distributed on the day of the race
  • Close at least 72 hours in advance of its running, have a fee paid by the owner of the entrant, and have a total purse value distributed on the day of the race equal to or greater than the      established minimum
  • All entries must be eligible for the purse monies used to determine the minimum purse value for  black type or listed status
  • Have no restrictions other than state-bred, non-winners of a sweepstakes, sales graduates or stallions’ progeny
  • May not contain a preference clause(s) based on criteria unrelated to the quality of the horse if such preference clause(s) could possibly exclude any horse(s) of superior quality from      competing.

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