Los Al Nominations Up
Los Alamitos stakes nominations jump double digits.
January 9, 2015
When the most recent November and December stakes nomination payments were tabulated at Los Alamitos Race Course, nomination figures were up in four major stakes races to be contested here in 2015. The four races that showed increases following the November 15 through December 1, 2014, payments were the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Winter Derby, Grade 1 Los Alamitos Winter Championship, Grade 2 Kindergarten Futurity, and Grade 1 Golden State Million Futurity. All four of these races are managed by the Los Alamitos Quarter Horse Racing Association.
Nominations to the 2015 Golden State Million Futurity as of the November 1, 2014, payment showed that 441 2-year-olds remain eligible to compete in the trials to be held on October 18. The figure represents a 12.5 percent increase from the November 15, 2013, payment for last year’s Golden State Million Futurity. The 2014 renewal offered a purse of $1,031,100. This year’s figure also represents a 12 percent increase when compared to the November 15, 2012, numbers for the 2013 Golden State Million final when 393 juveniles were eligible as of that payment period. The next payment to the 2015 Golden State Million is due on February 1, 2015.
The numbers for the 2015 Kindergarten Futurity are up 22.5 percent as of the December 1, 2014, payment. There are 136 juveniles still eligible to this year’s Kindergarten trials set for May 3. There were 111 eligible to the 2014 Kindergarten at this point last year. The current Kindergarten nomination numbers are the highest dating back to 2011 (as of the December 1 payment). The next payment to the 2015 Kindergarten is set for January 15. Horses not yet eligible to compete in this year’s Kindergarten trials can still be supplemented for $5,000 by the February 15, 2015, deadline.
There are 68 horses eligible to the 2015 Los Alamitos Winter Derby as of the November 1, 2014, payment, and that’s up from the 61 horses eligible to last year’s Winter Derby following its November payment. The final sustaining payment to the Winter Derby had to be mailed or delivered to the nominations office on January 1, 2015. The number of still eligible horses will be released once it’s official. Trials to the Winter Derby are set for Saturday, January 24. The Los Alamitos Winter Championship trials will be held on January 25 and as of the November 15 payment there were 32 older horses still eligible to compete in this event. There were 29 horses eligible to last year’s Winter Championship as of the November 15, 2013 payment.
Earlier in the week, the Pacific Coast Quarter Horse Racing Association announced that the nomination numbers for the 2015 Ed Burke Million Futurity increased by 6.5 percent from the 2014 numbers as of the December 15 payment. The 2015 Ed Burke currently has 262 horses still eligible, up from 246 eligible for the 2014 Ed Burke Million as of December 15, 2013. The next sustaining Ed Burke payment is set for February 15, 2015.
The richest race at Los Alamitos each year is the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity. There were 425 horses from the original nominations that made the November 15, 2013, payments, plus an additional 61 that either made the late nomination payment or had previously paid in full for a total of 486.
This year, the total number of nominees as of this writing is 476. That includes 428 horses from the original nominations that made the November 15, 2014, payments, plus 35 that made the late nomination payment and 13 that paid in full. The Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity figures to once again feature a purse of $2 million in 2015. For more info, please call Los Alamitos Nominations Director Melodie Knuchell at 714-820-2801.
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