2019 Graded Stakes
The 2019 AQHA Graded Stakes have been approved and are now available.
Stakes grades are reviewed by the Graded Stakes Committee and ultimately approved by the AQHA Executive Committee.
Effective in 2018 and continuing in 2019, the Downs at Albuquerque Fall Championship will be a Grade 1 race.
There are 17 additional races that will have grades promoted in 2019.
The Dash For Cash Derby, Higheasterjet Handicap, Oklahoma Futurity and Paul’s Valley Handicap will all be elevated from a Grade 3 to a Grade 2.
Moving up from a Restricted Grade 2 to a Restricted Grade 1 is the Remington Park Oklahoma-bred Futurity.
Moving from a Restricted Grade 3 to a Restricted Grade 2 is the Mountain Top Futurity and Texas Quarter Horse Association Sale Futurity.
Non-graded stakes that will become Grade 3 stakes include the Evangeline Downs Futurity, Firecracker Derby, King Rick Rack Stakes, Sunland Park Winter Juvenile Invitational and Valley Junction Futurity.
Restricted non-graded stakes that will become Restricted Grade 3s are Delta Downs Louisiana-bred Derby, the Easy Jet Stakes, the Garanones Futurity, Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders Association Derby, Remington Park Oklahoma-bred Derby
There are also a few stakes that will have their grades lowered.
The Southwest Juvenile Championship will drop from a Grade 1 to a Grade 2. In addition, both the Amelia Belle Stakes and Oklahoma Horsemen’s Association Mystery Futurity will go from Restricted Grade 3s to Restricted non-graded stakes.