The Brock Talk

Thursday, April 23, 2009

What does gr. 1, gr. 2 mean?

I have received a few e-mails on this question, so I'll address it quickly. All of the major stake races in the world are rated each year by a committee of racing officials as grade 1, grade 2, grade 3 and non-graded races. (In Europe and Asia they are referred to as Group 1, 2, 3). The most prestigious races in terms of history, purse and competition level are rated as grade 1 races. The Kentucky Derby, Preakness, Belmont Stakes, Breeders' Cup and a few more are group 1 races.

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