Los Al Has 13 G1s in 2015
Los Alamitos will host a rich stakes schedule during 2015.
December 23, 2014
Highlighted by a nation’s best 13 Grade 1 Quarter Horse stakes races, Los Alamitos Race Course unveiled one of its richest stakes schedule ever with $10.69 million in stakes purse money offered in 2015. The schedule will also feature the $1 million Los Alamitos Cash Bonanza for 2-year-olds, featuring three Grade 1 futurities projected to be worth over $1 million each.
The three Bonanza races, all Grade 1s, are: the $1 million Ed Burke Million Futurity on Sunday, June 21; $1 million Golden State Million Futurity on Sunday, November 1; and the $2 million Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity on Sunday, December 13. The Bonanza will award a $1 million cash bonus to the connections of any horse that sweeps the Los Alamitos Million, Ed Burke Million and Golden State Million. S-Quarter K Racing LLC’s Heza Dasha Fire came close to becoming the first horse to claim the Bonanza after winning the Ed Burke Million and Golden State Million before finishing fourth in the Los Alamitos Two Million this year.
A total of 24 races are expected to boast purses of $100,000 or more in 2015. Eight of those will have purses of $300,000 or more.
In addition, Los Alamitos will host the $1 million California Breeders Champions Night on Saturday, July 25 featuring a full night of stakes races for California-breds. One of the most important events on the stakes schedule, Champions Night features the Governor's Cup Futurity, Governor's Cup Derby, and Spencer Childers Memorial Championship Handicap.
Racing is scheduled on a Friday through Sunday basis from December 26, 2014, through December 20, 2015. There will be no live racing at Los Alamitos on Super Bowl Sunday, February 1; Easter Sunday, April 5; and Independence Day, Saturday, July 4.
RICH WINTER SESSION KICKS OFF THE MEET
The winter portion of the meet will offer several important races for the different divisions of Quarter Horse racing. The running of the $100,000-added Charger Bar Handicap (G2) for mares at 400 yards on January 4; the $200,000 Los Alamitos Winter Derby (G1) at 400 yards on February 14; and the $200,000 Los Alamitos Winter Championship (G1) at 400 yards on February 15 will highlight the winter part of the meet.
The 65th year of racing at Los Alamitos will once again feature some of the most prestigious Quarter Horse races in the country. This list includes the $150,000 Mildred Vessels Memorial Handicap (G1) on Sunday, September 27; the $900,000 projected Los Alamitos Super Derby (G1) on Saturday, October 31; and the sport's most prestigious race for older Quarter Horses - the $600,000 Champion of Champions (G1) on Saturday, December 12. Los Alamitos will also feature four Grade 1 derbies in 2015. In addition to the Winter Derby and Super Derby, the two other Grade 1 derbies are the Golden State Derby on August 23 and Southern California Derby on closing night, December 20, 2015. Other derbies to be contested will the La Primera Del Ano Derby for fillies and El Primero Del Ano Derby for colts and geldings on the weekend of April 3-4 and the PCQHRA Breeders Derby on Friday, October 2.
Los Alamitos has a stakes program for older horses that is second to none. In addition to the Champion of Champions, Winter Championship, and Spencer Childers, Los Alamitos has three other Grade 1 races for horses in the aged ranks. The Vessels Maturity on July 5, Go Man Go Handicap on September 19, and Robert L. Boniface Los Alamitos Invitational Championship on October 17 promise tremendous racing line-ups featuring the top older horses in the country.
SEVEN MAJOR FUTURITIES ON THE DOCKET
Seven major Grade 1 futurities are scheduled for 2015 at Los Alamitos. In addition to the three events connected with the Los Alamitos Cash Bonanza and the Governor’s Cup Futurity, the major races for juveniles will begin with the $300,000 Kindergarten Futurity (G2) on Sunday, May 17, plus the $400,000 PCQHRA Breeders Futurity on Saturday, October 3, and the Wild West Futurity on Sunday, October 25 for horses from the Intermountain and Northwest regions.
MAIDEN STAKES AND DISTANCE EVENTS RETURNS
The 2015 Los Alamitos Maiden Stakes for 3-year-olds will feature a projected purse of $150,000 on Sunday, February 22. Non-winners as of December 1, 2014, are eligible for the 350-yard race for foals of 2012. The stakes schedule also includes four stakes races at 870 yards starting with the inaugural running of the Wheatland Handicap on Sunday, April 19. California Breeders Champions Night will feature the Sign Of Lanty Handicap around the turn, while the Truly A Pleasure on August 14, and the Snowbound Superstar on December 6.
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