Los Alamitos Futurity, Starlet highlight Winter Meet stakes

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December 03, 2018 06:26pm
The third and final Thoroughbred meet of 2018 at Los Alamitos will begin Thursday, Dec. 6.

The eight-day Winter season follows the 12-day Los Angeles County Fair at Los Alamitos meet in September and the 12-day Summer Thoroughbred Festival in June-July.

Racing will be conducted on a Thursday-Sunday basis through Sunday, Dec. 16. Post time will be 1 p.m on weekdays and 12:30 p.m. on weekends.

The two-week meet will be highlighted by a pair of Grade 1 races for 2-year-olds – the $300,000-guaranteed Los Alamitos CashCall Futurity and the $300,000-guaranteed Starlet – Saturday, Dec. 8.

The Futurity is one of the races on the “Road to the Kentucky Derby’’ with the winner receiving 10 points towards a berth in the 2019 Kentucky Derby next May 4 at Churchill Downs.

Among the leading candidates for the Futurity is Improbable, an impressive winner of the Street Sense Stakes Nov. 2 at Churchill Downs for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, who has won all four renewals of the Futurity – Dortmund (2014), Mor Spirit (2015), Mastery (2016) and McKinzie (2017)  since the race was moved to Los Alamitos from Hollywood Park.

Baffert has won the CashCall Futurity, which was run in Inglewood from 1981-2013, a record 10 times.

The Starlet – which is restricted to fillies  is one of the events on the “Road to the Kentucky Oaks.’’ The winner earns 10 points towards a spot in the Kentucky Oaks next May 3.

Among the possible starters for the Starlet are the Baffert-trained Chasing Yesterday, a half-sister to 2015 Triple Crown winner and Horse of the Year American Pharoah, and Vibrance, third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Nov. 2 at Churchill Downs.

Both the CashCall Futurity and the Starlet will be run at 1 1/16 miles.

Completing the stakes program are a pair of one mile races for 2-year-olds bred or sired in California – the $100,000-guaranteed Soviet Problem for fillies and the $100,000-guaranteed King Glorious.

The Soviet Problem will be run Saturday, Dec. 15 while the King Glorious will be offered Sunday, Dec. 16.

Track gates – including the Clubhouse and Vessels Club – will open at 9:30 a.m. General parking is free with grandstand admission $3 ($2 for seniors).

The wagering menu includes the Pick Six – with the traditional 70/30 split and no jackpot provision - a pair of $1 Pick 4’s – races 2-5 and the final four races – as well as the popular Players’ Pick 5 – a 50-cent minimum wager with a reduced 14% takeout rate which is offered on the first five races.

In addition to the Starlet and Los Alamitos CashCall Futurity, the Dec. 8  program will feature a live money handicapping contest with as many as three seats available to the 2019 National Handicapping Championship in Las Vegas.

There will also be a 2019 wall calendar giveaway – one per paid admission while supplies last - Saturday, Dec. 15.

Entries were taken Monday for the opening day program and a total of 69 horses were entered in eight races.

 

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