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Nursery Stakes

The Nursery Stakes, or other designations incorporating the word "Nursery," refers to a Thoroughbred horse race used by racetracks worldwide to identify it as a novice race exclusively for two-year-olds, the age a horse is first legally allowed to compete.

In use since the 18th Century, it is today still used but is a somewhat dated term. In recent decades the Nursery designation in a race title has often been supplanted by the term "Juvenile." Current or defunct "Nursery" races include:


  • RRC Nursery Handicap

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Great Britain:

South Africa:



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