Los Alamitos kicks off meet Saturday

Los Alamitos kicks off meet Saturday
Photo: Alex Evers/Eclipse Sportswire

Bridging the gap between the Santa Anita winter-spring meet and the summer stand at Del Mar, the Los Angeles County Fair meet at Los Alamitos kicks off its three-week run with a nine-race program on Saturday.

Los Alamitos will host a total of nine days of racing until its conclusion on July 10. After a two-day opening week to get things started (Saturday-Sunday), the track will run four days from July 1-4  and three more days from July 8-10 to close out the stand. First post each day is 5 p.m. EDT.

There will then be a 12-day break on the Southern California circuit between the close of Los Alamitos and the opening of Del Mar on July 22.

Los Alamitos, which does not have a turf course, will conduct largely lower-level racing. The average daily purse distribution is projected to be $274,773, which is about a nine percent increase from a year ago.

There are also three stakes on tap worth a combined $425,000 beginning with Saturday’s $100,000 Bertrando for California-breds going one mile. An evenly-matched field of five was entered with Desmond Doss for trainer Steve Miyadi the slight 9-5 favorite.

On Monday July 4, Los Alamitos will host its richest race of the meet, the $200,000 Great Lady M. for fillies and mares going 6 ½ furlongs. The stakes schedule concludes with the $125,000 Los Alamitos Derby going 1 1/8 miles on July 9. 

Horseplayers will be offered a typical Southern California wagering menu except for a $1 minimum Trifecta, rather than 50 cents, and the Pick 6.

Unlike the “jackpot” Pick 6 wagers at Santa Anita and Del Mar, where the minimum wager is 20 cents and the  full pool is only paid out if there’s a single winner, Los Alamitos’s Pick 6 is of the “traditional” variety. Tickets that correctly identify all six winners in the sequence will split 70 percent of the pool with the remainder going to “consolation” payouts.

There will only be an "early" Pick 5 offered at Los Alamitos. Like Santa Anita and Del Mar, it will have a player-friendly takeout of 14 percent.

Last summer at Los Alamitos, Juan Hernandez won the jockey's title with nine wins. He is coming off his first Santa Anita riding title at the recently-concluded winter-spring meet and is expected to have a presence again this summer. 

The table below is the full wagering menu for the Los Angeles County Fair meet at Los Alamitos including minimum bets and takeout rates.

Win, place, show$215.43%
Daily Double$220%
Pick 3$125.02%
Pick 4$125.02%
Pick 5$0.5014%
Pick 6$225.02%
Super High 5$125.02%

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