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Jockey Club of Canada Stakes Committee

February 10, 2021

Announces Two Updates from Black Type to Listed Status for 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 one distance decrease: the G3 Valedictory S. from 14 furlongs to 12 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 RaceGradeDistanceTrackAge/Sex
Current G1s    
Canadian International (Pattison)G112TWO3up
Woodbine Mile (Ricoh)G18TWO3up
E.P. Taylor StakesG110TWO3up f/m
Natalma StakesG18TWO2yof
Summer StakesG18TWO2yo
Highlander Stakes G16TWO3up
Current G2s    
King Edward StakesG28TWO3up
Autumn StakesG28.5WO3up
Kennedy Road StakesG26WO3up
Nearctic StakesG26TWO3up
Connaught Cup StakesG27TWO4up
Nassau StakesG28TWO4up f/m
Dance Smartly StakesG210TWO3up f/m
Canadian StakesG29TWO3up f/m
Bessarabian StakesG27WO3up f/m
Royal North StakesG26TWO4up f/m
Current G3s    
Grey StakesG38.5WO2yo
Mazarine StakesG38.5WO2yof
Marine StakesG38.5WO3yo
BC Premier’s HandicapG311HST3up
Seagram Cup Stakes G38.5WO3up
Dominion Day StakesG39WO4up
Singspiel StakesG310TWO3up
Durham Cup StakesG38.5WO3up
Valedictory Stakes G312WO3up
Bold VentureG36.5WO4up
Vigil StakesG36WO4up
Ballerina StakesG39HST3up f/m
Ontario Fashion StakesG36WO3up f/m
Seaway StakesG37WO4up f/m
Maple Leaf StakesG310WO3up f/m
Ontario Matron StakesG38.5WO4up f/m
Whimsical StakesG36WO4up f/m
Hendrie StakesG36.5WO3up f/m
British Columbia DerbyG39HST3yo
Canadian DerbyG310CTM3yo
Ontario DerbyG39WO3yo
Selene StakesG38.5WO3yof
Ontario Colleen StakesG38TWO3yof
Trillium StakesG38.5WO4up f/m
Jacques Cartier StakesG36WO4up

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.