Delaware Handicap Downgraded For 2018

Delaware Handicap Downgraded For 2018

Postby With Anticipation » Fri Dec 01, 2017 1:44 pm

The American Graded Stakes Committee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association today presented its listing of U.S. Graded and Listed Stakes Races for 2018, the results of its annual grading session conducted November 28 and 29 in Lexington.

The Committee reviewed 806 U.S. stakes races with a purse of at least $75,000, and assigned Graded status to 455 of them, nine fewer than were graded in 2017, and Listed status to 177 races. Seven Graded races were upgraded; five new Grade III races were named; 18 new Listed races were upgraded from non-Listed Black Type status. Sixteen races which carried Graded or Listed status in 2017 are no longer eligible for grading.

For 2018 the Committee has amended its eligibility requirements to make races having the non-winners of a sweepstakes condition, and meeting all other eligibility requirements, eligible for Listed status. Any non-winners of a sweepstakes race upgraded to Listed status will be designated as Listed – Restricted and carry an LR designation in sales catalogues produced by members of the Society of International Thoroughbred Auctioneers.


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Re: Delaware Handicap Downgraded For 2018

Postby stark » Fri Dec 01, 2017 2:55 pm

In case you were curious.....past winners of the Delaware include....

07/15/2017 Songbird Jerry Hollendorfer Mike E. Smith
07/16/2016 I'm a Chatterbox J. Larry Jones Florent Geroux
07/18/2015 Sheer Drama David Fawkes Joe Bravo
07/12/2014 Belle Gallantey Rudy R. Rodriguez Jose L. Ortiz
07/20/2013 Royal Delta William I. Mott Mike E. Smith
07/21/2012 Royal Delta William I. Mott Mike E. Smith
07/16/2011 Blind Luck Jerry Hollendorfer Garrett K. Gomez
07/17/2010 Life At Ten Todd A. Pletcher John R. Velazquez
07/19/2009 Swift Temper Dale L. Romans Alan Garcia
07/13/2008 Hystericalady Jerry Hollendorfer Garrett K. Gomez
07/15/2007 Unbridled Belle Todd A. Pletcher Ramon A. Dominguez
07/16/2006 Fleet Indian Todd A. Pletcher Jose A. Santos
07/17/2005 Island Sand J. Larry Jones Jerry D. Bailey
07/18/2004 Summer Wind Dancer Jeff Mullins Victor Espinoza
07/20/2003 Wild Spirit (CHI) Robert J. Frankel Jerry D. Bailey
07/21/2002 Summer Colony Mark A. Hennig John R. Velazquez
07/22/2001 Irving's Baby Todd A. Pletcher Ramon A. Dominguez
07/23/2000 Lu Ravi Carl Bowman Pat Day
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Re: Delaware Handicap Downgraded For 2018

Postby serenassong » Fri Dec 01, 2017 3:59 pm

In looking over the list for downgrades- Monmouth really was gutted
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Re: Delaware Handicap Downgraded For 2018

Postby BaroqueAgain1 » Fri Dec 01, 2017 4:45 pm

Well, no wonder the Delaware Hcp. was downgraded! The winners have been such a bunch of losers. :P
Seriously, of all the graded handicap stakes for top middle distance mares and fillies, they chose to downgrade this race? :roll:
This move is a blow for the race, IMHO. One of the reasons it drew so many good distaffers was the combo of high purse and G1 status. Take away the G1 and I wouldn't be surprised to see some owners choose to run their F&Ms elsewhere.
Poor Delaware. I don't think the track deserved this diss.
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Re: Delaware Handicap Downgraded For 2018

Postby thinair » Fri Dec 01, 2017 8:33 pm

Gradings have a lot to do with the horses behind the winners, and while the Delaware Handicap usually featured one top horse, the rest of the fields are frequently very weak, at least for a Grade 1. I would assume that was the reason for the downgrade.

Let's face it, that division has not been able to sustain major races, and more than a few once "major" races in it have fallen by the wayside over the last decade or so.
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Re: Delaware Handicap Downgraded For 2018

Postby Somnambulist » Sat Dec 02, 2017 10:12 am

BaroqueAgain1 wrote:Well, no wonder the Delaware Hcp. was downgraded! The winners have been such a bunch of losers. :P
Seriously, of all the graded handicap stakes for top middle distance mares and fillies, they chose to downgrade this race? :roll:
This move is a blow for the race, IMHO. One of the reasons it drew so many good distaffers was the combo of high purse and G1 status. Take away the G1 and I wouldn't be surprised to see some owners choose to run their F&Ms elsewhere.
Poor Delaware. I don't think the track deserved this diss.


I don't know about you, but outside the winner I can't remember a single horse that ran in it. The race for the past few years has been pretty bad
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Re: Delaware Handicap Downgraded For 2018

Postby stark » Sat Dec 02, 2017 1:38 pm

thinair wrote:Gradings have a lot to do with the horses behind the winners, and while the Delaware Handicap usually featured one top horse, the rest of the fields are frequently very weak, at least for a Grade 1. I would assume that was the reason for the downgrade.

Let's face it, that division has not been able to sustain major races, and more than a few once "major" races in it have fallen by the wayside over the last decade or so.


e.g. a few of the household names....

07/15/17 Songbird Martini Glass... Line Of Best Fit
07/16/16 I'm a Chatterbox Paid Up Subscriber... Penwith
07/18/15 Sheer Drama Frivolous... America
07/12/14 Belle Gallantey Princess of Sylmar... Flashy American
07/20/13 Royal Delta She's All In... And Why Not
I've found it easier to tear up tickets at 8/1 instead of 8/5.
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Re: Delaware Handicap Downgraded For 2018

Postby Flanders » Sat Dec 02, 2017 1:47 pm

stark wrote:
thinair wrote:Gradings have a lot to do with the horses behind the winners, and while the Delaware Handicap usually featured one top horse, the rest of the fields are frequently very weak, at least for a Grade 1. I would assume that was the reason for the downgrade.

Let's face it, that division has not been able to sustain major races, and more than a few once "major" races in it have fallen by the wayside over the last decade or so.


e.g. a few of the household names....

07/15/17 Songbird Martini Glass... Line Of Best Fit
07/16/16 I'm a Chatterbox Paid Up Subscriber... Penwith
07/18/15 Sheer Drama Frivolous... America
07/12/14 Belle Gallantey Princess of Sylmar... Flashy American
07/20/13 Royal Delta She's All In... And Why Not

I'm a horse racing fan and I don't remember some of those horses....
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Re: Delaware Handicap Downgraded For 2018

Postby WaquoitNBroadBrush » Sat Dec 02, 2017 2:22 pm

Flanders wrote:
stark wrote:
thinair wrote:Gradings have a lot to do with the horses behind the winners, and while the Delaware Handicap usually featured one top horse, the rest of the fields are frequently very weak, at least for a Grade 1. I would assume that was the reason for the downgrade.

Let's face it, that division has not been able to sustain major races, and more than a few once "major" races in it have fallen by the wayside over the last decade or so.


e.g. a few of the household names....

07/15/17 Songbird Martini Glass... Line Of Best Fit
07/16/16 I'm a Chatterbox Paid Up Subscriber... Penwith
07/18/15 Sheer Drama Frivolous... America
07/12/14 Belle Gallantey Princess of Sylmar... Flashy American
07/20/13 Royal Delta She's All In... And Why Not

I'm a horse racing fan and I don't remember some of those horses....


Princess of Sylmar is the only one that really stands out to me.

Anyone care to post the winners, seconds and thirds from one or two of the F&M stakes that have remained Grade 1 over the past five years? Not counting the BC Distaff, of course. Do those races do any better in avoiding the big-star-vs.-a-bunch-of-nobodies malady that apparently has done in the Delaware Handicap?
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Re: Delaware Handicap Downgraded For 2018

Postby stark » Sat Dec 02, 2017 3:18 pm

WaquoitNBroadBrush wrote:Anyone care to post the winners, seconds and thirds from one or two of the F&M stakes that have remained Grade 1 over the past five years? Not counting the BC Distaff, of course. Do those races do any better in avoiding the big-star-vs.-a-bunch-of-nobodies malady that apparently has done in the Delaware Handicap?


04/14/17 OP 9 1 1/16 m D 0 4+ F Apple Blossom Hcp-G1 Stellar Wind... Terra Promessa... Streamline
04/15/16 OP 9 1 1/16 m D 0 4+ F Apple Blossom Hcp-G1 Forever Unbridled... Streamline... Tara's Tango
04/10/15 OP 9 1 1/8 m D 0 4+ F Apple Blossom Hcp-G1 Untapable... Diva's Diamond... Gold Medal Dance
04/11/14 OP 10 1 1/16 m D 0 4+ F Apple Blossom Hcp-G1 Close Hatches... On Fire Baby... Stanwyck
04/12/13 OP 10 1 1/16 m D 0 4+ F Apple Blossom Hcp-G1 On Fire Baby... Tiz Miz Sue... Don't Tell Sophia
04/13/12 OP 10 1 1/16 m D 0 4+ F Apple Blossom Hcp-G1 Plum Pretty... Absinthe Minded... Tiz Miz Sue
04/15/11 OP 10 1 1/16 m D 0 4+ F Apple Blossom Hcp-G1 Havre de Grace... Switch... Absinthe Minded
04/09/10 OP 10 1 1/8 m D 0 4+ F Apple Blossom Hcp-G1 Zenyatta... Taptam... Be Fair

08/26/17 Sar 6 1 1/8 m D 0 3+ F Personal Ensign-G1 Forever Unbridled... Songbird... Eskenformoney
08/27/16 Sar 6 1 1/8 m D 0 3+ F Personal Ensign-G1 Cavorting... Curalina... Forever Unbridled
08/29/15 Sar 6 1 1/8 m D 0 3+ F Personal Ensign-G1 Sheer Drama... Got Lucky... Untapable
08/22/14 Sar 9 1 1/8 m D 0 3+ F Personal Ensign-G1 Close Hatches... Fiftyshadesofhay... Stanwyck
08/25/13 Sar 10 1 1/8 m D 0 3+ F Personal Ensign-G1 Royal Delta... Authenticity... Centring
08/26/12 Sar 10 1 1/8 m D 0 3+ F Personal Ensign-G1 Love and Pride... Royal Delta... It's Tricky
09/03/11 Sar 8 1 1/4 m D 0 3+ F Personal Ensign-G1 Ask the Moon... Pachattack... Tiz Miz Sue
08/29/10 Sar 10 1 1/4 m D 0 3+ F Personal Ensign-G1 Persistently... Rachel Alexandra... Life At Ten

06/10/17 Bel 5 1 1/16 m D 0 4+ F Ogden Phipps Hcp.-G1 Songbird... Paid Up Subscriber... Highway Star
06/11/16 Bel 5 1 1/16 m D 0 4+ F Ogden Phipps Hcp.-G1 Cavorting... Forever Unbridled... Carrumba
06/06/15 Bel 5 1 1/16 m D 0 4+ F Ogden Phipps Hcp.-G1 Wedding Toast... Untapable... House Rules
06/07/14 Bel 7 1 1/16 m D 0 4+ F Ogden Phipps Hcp.-G1 Close Hatches... Princess of Sylmar... Antipathy
05/27/13 Bel 8 1 1/16 m D 0 3+ F Ogden Phipps Hcp.-G1 Tiz Miz Sue... Authenticity... Centring
05/28/12 Bel 8 1 1/16 m D 0 3+ F Ogden Phipps Hcp.-G1 It's Tricky... Cash for Clunkers... Awesome Maria
06/18/11 Bel 9 1 1/16 m D 0 3+ F Ogden Phipps Hcp.-G1 Awesome Maria... Payton d'Oro... Super Espresso
06/12/10 Bel 4 1 1/16 m D 0 3+ F Ogden Phipps Hcp.-G1 Life At Ten... Unrivaled Belle... Funny Moon
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