The Jockey Club of Canada’s Graded Stakes Committee held its annual review of the Graded and Listed Stakes in Canada and will have several upgrades for 2018.

The Graded Stakes Committee meeting was conducted by Committee Chair, Ross McKague and accompanied by all Committee Members as well as the attending race advisors, Jason Teague, Stuart Slagle, Steve Lym, Tim Lawson, Paul Ryneveld and Tom Cosgrove.

After reviewing the NARC figures for all Graded and Listed races in Canada, the Committee determined that the following races would be upgraded in 2018:


The Summer Stakes will be upgraded from a G2 to G1
The Highlander Stakes will be upgraded from G2 to G1
The Royal North Stakes will be upgraded from G3 to G2
The Trillium Stakes will move from Listed Status to G3


Along with the upgrades, the Speed to Spare Stakes did not receive sufficient RQS numbers in 2017 and therefore will lose its Black-Type status in 2018, disqualifying it from Listed Status.

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.

Graded Stakes for 2018 in Canada:

Name of Stakes Race G/L/R Dist Track Age/Sex
Current G1s        
Canadian International (Pattison) G1 12T WO 3up
Woodbine Mile (Ricoh) G1 8T WO 3up
Northern Dancer Turf G1 12T WO 3up
E.P. Taylor Stakes G1 10T WO 3up f/m
Natalma Stakes G1 8T WO 2yof
Summer Stakes G1 8T WO 2yo
Highlander Stakes G1 6T WO 3up
Current G2s
Sky Classic Stakes G2 11T WO 3up
Nijinsky Stakes G2 10T WO 3up
Play The King Stakes G2 7T WO 3up
King Edward Stakes G2 8T WO 3up
Autumn Stakes G2 8.5 WO 3up
Kennedy Road Stakes G2 6 WO 3up
Nearctic Stakes G2 6T WO 3up
Connaught Cup Stakes G2 7T WO 4up
Eclipse Stakes G2 8.5 WO 4up
Nassau Stakes G2 8T WO 3up f/m
Dance Smartly Stakes G2 10T WO 3up f/m
Canadian Stakes G2 9T WO 3up f/m
Bessarabian Stakes G2 7 WO 3up f/m
Royal North Stakes G2 6T WO 3up f/m
Current G3s
Grey Stakes G3 8.5 WO 2yo
Mazarine Stakes G3 8.5 WO 2yof
Marine Stake G3 8.5 WO 3yo
BC Premiers H. G3 11 HST 3up
Seagram Cup Stakes G3 8.5 WO 3up
Dominion Day Stakes G3 10 WO 3up
Singspiel Stakes G3 12T WO 3up
Durham Cup Stakes G3 9 WO 3up
Valedictory Stakes G3 14 WO 3up
Bold Venture G3 6.5 WO 3up
Vigil Stakes G3 7 WO 4up
Ballerina Stakes G3 9 HST 3up f/m
Ontario Fashion Stakes G3 6 WO 3up f/m
Seaway Stakes G3 7 WO 3up f/m
Maple Leaf Stakes G3 10 WO 3up f/m
Ontario Matron Stakes G3 8.5 WO 3up f/m
Whimsical Stakes G3 6 WO 4up f/m
Hendrie Stakes G3 6.5 WO 4up f/m
British Columbia Derby G3 9 HST 3yo
Canadian Derby G3 11 NP 3yo
Ontario Derby G3 9 WO 3yo
Selene Stakes G3 8.5 WO 3yof
Ontario Colleen Stakes G3 8T WO 3yof
Trillium Stakes G3 8.5 WO 3up f/m

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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 a high standard 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.


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Camille Casse
The Jockey Club of Canada
P.O. Box 66, Stn. B
Toronto, ON
M9W 5K9