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Penn Derby upgraded to Grade 1 for 2017

The American Graded Stakes Committee released its listing of U.S. Graded and Listed races for 2017 on Friday, with the biggest changes showing the Pennsylvania Derby upgraded to Grade 1 while the Wood Memorial and Blue Grass were both downgraded to Grade 2s.

Jennifer Caldwell had a tough time with one part of the juvenile championship titles of 2016 as she continues revealing her Eclipse Award nominees and picks.

Miss Temple City headlines Del Mar's closing-day Matriarch

Miss Temple City, who beat the boys twice in Grade 1s at Keeneland this year, tops a field of 12 entered for the closing-day feature of Del Mar's Bing Crosby Meet, Sunday's Matriarch Stakes (G1).

While Del Mar closes the door on 2016, Gulfstream Park kicks off its Championship Meet one day earlier with the 18th running of the Claiming Crown. Jennie Rees highlights some Kentucky-based runners who have a shot in the Claiming Crown.

Dick Powell looks at Aqueduct's main track, as well as touts Arrogate's talent, in this week's Handicapping Insights.

With the pre-release announcement that the Pennsylvania Derby is getting boosted to Grade 1 status for 2017, Ed DeRosa makes a case for moving the Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) to Saratoga.

Jennifer Caldwell continues rolling out her nominees and picks for the 2016 Eclipse Awards with the sophomore division.

Paul Fishman proves victorious in the sixth annual TwinSpires Online Handicapping Championship.

Trio of graded stakes on tap Saturday

Del Mar and Aqueduct offer up the graded action for this weekend.

The California venue boasts two of the three Saturday graded events, with 12 entered in the Hollywood Derby (G1) and eight lining up in the Bayakoa Handicap (G2).

Seven distaffers will take their turn in the spotlight at Aqueduct on Saturday thanks to the Go for Wand Handicap (G3).

Jennifer Caldwell reveals her nominees, and choices, for Horse of the Year, older dirt male and older dirt female.


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For Saturday

Aqueduct   (4th) Divine Miss Grey, 5-1
    (9th) Lover's Key, 5-1
Charles Town   (6th) Deandrea's Pride, 7-2
    (7th) Romantic Cork, 3-1
Del Mar   (3rd) Yes Yes Yes, 7-2
    (5th) Dr. Fager's Gal, 6-1
Fair Grounds   (4th) Devine Teaching, 7-2
    (5th) Full Tap, 9-2
Golden Gate Fields   (2nd) Baruch, 5-1
    (6th) Sea Myrtle, 4-1
Gulfstream Park   (2nd) Classic Rock, 4-1
    (9th) Northern Smile, 6-1
Hawthorne   (8th) Ballyjamesduff, 4-1
    (9th) Shmily, 5-1
Laurel Park   (2nd) Full Quest, 4-1
    (4th) Southern Peach, 8-1
Mahoning Valley   (2nd) Lotto Cat, 4-1
    (9th) Tracey Said So, 9-2
Parx   (2nd) Miss Motivation, 6-1
    (8th) Doublethestyle, 6-1
Penn National   (2nd) Cairenn, 4-1
    (6th) Hauler, 9-2
Remington Park   (3rd) Gospel Commander, 8-1
    (5th) Queen's Memories, 5-1
Tampa Bay Downs   (2nd) Resident, 7-2
    (3rd) Renee's Cat, 9-2
Turf Paradise   (6th) Micmac Spree, 3-1
    (7th) Flat Gone, 5-1
Turfway Park   (4th) Bahama Benny, 5-1
    (6th) Dear Elaine, 6-1
Woodbine   (9th) Pulled the Goalie, 3-1
    (10th) Mizzen George, 6-1

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