Point System
Specific point values are assigned to first-, second- and third-place finishes in stakes throughout the United States and Canada from January 1 through the pre-entry deadline date October 23, 2017 that have been granted graded status by the American Graded Stakes Committee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association and/or the Jockey Club of Canada.

Based on this system, win, place and show horses in Grade I stakes earn ten, six and four points, respectively. The top three finishers in Grade II stakes earn six, four and two points respectively, and in Grade III races the points earned are four, two and one, respectively.

Note: In cases where dead heats occur for win, place and show finishes in graded stakes, those horses that finish in a dead heat will be awarded the total applicable points for that win, place or show position.

Except for the four 2-year old Championship Races, Graded Stakes Points for dirt races will be the only points considered for horses pre-entered in dirt Championship Races and Graded Stakes Points for turf races will be the only points considered for horses pre-entered in turf Championship Races. All graded stakes points will be considered for the four two-year old Championship races.