11/19/2012 3:31PM

New quality control measures for non-listed black-type races


The North American International Catalogue Standards Committee announced on Monday additional quality requirements that will be implemented for races in North America that are eligible for non-listed black-type in catalogs compliant with guidelines required by the Society of International Thoroughbred Auctioneers.

The guidelines, effective Jan. 1, 2014, apply to non-listed black-type races – all open stakes races with a purse between $50,000 and $74,999 and all stakes races with a purse of $50,000 or more that have a restriction allowed by the catalogue standards committee (i.e., statebred, stallions’ progeny, sales graduates or non-winners of a sweepstakes).

The new requirements include the addition of a minimum Race Quality Score for individual age/sex divisions, which will provide an alternative quality control measurement for these events since non-listed black-type races do not undergo the same statistical criteria used to evaluate graded and listed stakes.

The RQS is a composite number compiled by using speed figures for the first four finishers in each stakes race over the previous three years. Speed figures from four sources will be used to compile the RQS: Bloodstock Research Information Systems, Daily Racing Form (Beyer Speed Figures), Equibase; and Thoro-Graph.

In 2014, for a stakes races in the U.S. or Canada to receive black type in Society of International Thoroughbred Auctioneers catalogs, it must meet all of the following criteria:

1. A minimum purse value of $50,000 distributed on the day of the race.

2. A black-type RQS equal to or above the established minimum RQS for its age and/or sex division;

3. Close at least 72 hours in advance of its running, with a fee paid by the owner of the entrant, and the total purse value distributed on the day of the race must be equal to or greater than the established minimum.

4. All starters must be eligible for purse monies used to determine the minimum purse value for black type or listed status.

5. No restrictions other than statebred, non-winners of a sweepstakes, sales graduates or stallions’ progeny.

6) Cannot contain a preference clause based on criteria unrelated to the quality of the horse if such preference clause could possibly exclude any horse of superior quality from competing.

In January 2013, a website, northamericanicsc.com,will include a listing of non-listed black-type races with a RQS for each race along with minimum RQS requirements for each age and/or sex division.

Starting in 2014, new races created and existing races with material changes to their conditions will be submitted to a committee of the catalog standards committee for a review before the inaugural running to determine if the inaugural running will receive black-type status. A race granted black-type status for its inaugural running must be run under essentially the same conditions for each of its first two renewals as well as have a purse of no less than $75,000 available to all starters and a RQS for each of its renewals equal to or above the minimum age and/or sex requirements.

Any race that is not conducted for two consecutive years will lose its black-type status, and new races created in 2014 and thereafter with a purse of less than $75,000 must run twice under the same conditions before being evaluated for black-type status.

Current North American black-type rules will stay in effect for 2013, and the minimum purse requirement for Society of International Thoroughbred Auctioneers black-type races will remain at $50,000.