Ray Paulick will have a story on Stradivari's death "today or tomorrow". I sent an e-mail to his "Ask Ray" contact box last evening, and he answered within the past hour, replying, "He did not make it, sadly. I will have a story sometime today or tomorrow."
Yes, he's been working regularly (approximately every week) since 9/27/16 at Stonestreet Training Center, and more recently at Palm Beach Downs. He worked 12/3/16, 5f.,on dirt, in 1:01.40, 1/9, at PBD.
Yes, I saw the new Paulick article and was reading it as I noticed your post. They didn't do much with the Gr.1's after all, but apparently 14 races that previously carried graded or listed status for 2016 are no longer eligible for grading. I still need to finish reading it, but will link it here as there is no page for the GSC per se. Thanks. http://www.paulickreport.com/news/the-biz/toba-releases-changes-2017-american-graded-stakes-schedule/
No, Ferris, I've no idea how you could make those statements after having read the GSC documents I linked, nor from my above explanation. You need to read the GSC site in its entirety. (The GSC doesn't live in Ferrisworld.)
Ferris, After reading your comments below, I don't think you know or understand the rules or procedures of the Graded Stakes Committee. These documents can be found online, and I will link the site, but you'll need to read each of ~6-7 sections and subsections from the column at the top left. A quick look at the "grading session workbook" section will show you that 14 separate divisions exist, and each division is reviewed separately when grading changes are being considered. Below you're talking about stakes races from separate/different divisions as though they are interchangeable. They are not. The Stephen Foster, the Cigar Mile, etc., etc., are not taken into consideration when upgrading or downgrading races within the 3 y/o division. All races are considered according to their respective divisions. Tomorrow the full list of changes should be out for this year's session, but there have been conversations on more than one thread here at HRN within the past few days saying that the grade 1's were going to be targeted overall. I even posted the DRF announcement with an FYI to you yesterday on the Arrogate thread. Anyway, please familiarize yourself with the GSC procedures. http://theracinggame.com/graded-stakes/
Well, the GSC wasted no time in their decision-making after having met only yesterday! I'm adding this Paulick Report article which explains the thinking on some of the regrading, both upward and downward. http://www.paulickreport.com/news/ray-s-paddock/blue-grass-wood-memorial-downgraded-pennsylvania-derby-grade-1-2017/
Without commenting on the racetrack itself, the final times for this race at its present distance of 1 1/8 mi. have been quite varied over the years. For perspective, the record holder for the distance is Believe It, at 1:47 4/5, in 1977. He then finished third in both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness in the spring of 1978. Of course, he was running against Affirmed and Alydar. Go For Gin won the Remsen in 1993 in 1:52.79, and Thunder Gulch won in 1994 in 1:53.80; both went on to win the Kentucky Derby the following years. If you Google "Remsen Stakes" you will find a listing of winners/times, and can see that times of 1:50 or 1:50+ are not uncommon for this race. :)
The Graded Stakes Committee meets tomorrow, 11/30/16, after having received recommendations from the subcommittee assigned to evaluate the grading issues. This is an informative link describing their plans, which will be carried out over a period of several years. http://www.drf.com/news/graded-stakes-committee-trim-list-graded-races
Just FYI. The entire Graded Stakes Committee meets tomorrow, Nov. 30, to assign/assess graded status to races for 2017. As you might have noticed, a few months ago we (several posters here) had a discussion on the subject of the "grading" process and I pointed out that a subcommittee was formed this year pursuant to the need and intent to "trim" the number of graded stakes overall, with special emphasis on grade 1's. I think the Pennsylvania Derby is likely to be assigned grade 1 status, but other stakes races, regardless of grade, are going to be downgraded or eliminated. They intend to trim/cut the list of graded races. Here is the announcement from DRF, made in August. http://www.drf.com/news/graded-stakes-committee-trim-list-graded-races
No, Pebbles. I said he had 8 Gr. 1 WINS; those came from 5 Gr.1 WINNERS. Curlin, Tapit, and Scat Daddy each have 5 Gr. 1 WINNERS. I documented the names of the (Curlin) respective horses as well as their number of wins below. You had the number of Tapit Gr.1 WINS correct at 7, but apparently misstated those wins as "winners" at the head of your previous above list. Easy to verify the difference between "wins" and "winners" per the stallion register I linked. (?)
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