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2006 Los Al Million guaranteed at $2 million


October 4, 2004     E-mail this page to a friend!

LOS ALAMITOS RACE COURSE, CYPRESS, CA… The Los Alamitos Million, a race that has grown in leaps and bounds since its inaugural $1 million running in 1995, will jump into an entire new league in 2006 when the race is run with a whopping $2 million guaranteed purse.

This historic guaranteed growth of the Los Alamitos Million is just one piece in a new powerful threesome of 2-year-old races at the Orange County oval in California. In addition to the $2 million guaranteed Los Alamitos Million, Los Alamitos will play host to the $1 million guaranteed Golden State Million and the latest in the group of $1 million guaranteed races, the Ed Burke Memorial Futurity. The three races are open to all 2-year-olds.

The $100,000 added Golden State Million will be run in November at a distance of 400 yards, the same distance as the $300,000 added Los Alamitos Million, while the $250,000 added Ed Burke Memorial Futurity will be run in June over a distance of 350 yards.     

With this historic lineup of guaranteed races, Los Alamitos Race Course becomes the only track in the country of any race breed to annually offer three $1 million races.
Starting in 2005 these three races, the Los Alamitos Million, the Golden State Million and the Ed Burke Futurity, will comprise the $1 million Los Alamitos Bonanza. The Los Alamitos Bonanza offers a $1 million bonus to be shared by the owner and nominator of any horse that can sweep the three races.

Unlike any other bonus programs, the Los Alamitos Bonanza pays out its $1 million award in one lump sum, as opposed to yearly installment payments spread over 20 to 25 years.

Nominations for the 2006 Los Alamitos Million close on November 15. Nominations for the 2006 Golden State Million close on November 1. Additional information can be obtained by calling Los Alamitos Director of Nominations Melodie Knuchell at 714-820-2801.

The Pacific Coast Quarter Horse Racing Association administers the Ed Burke Memorial Futurity. The PCQHRA can be reached at 714-236-1755.

MILLION DOLLAR RACES WITH ONE NIGHT OF QUALIFYING UNDER STARRY SKIES

The normally mild weather in southern California, coupled with entry numbers that mean just one night of qualifying, give participants in the trials for major Los Alamitos futurities the fairest possible race conditions.

All it takes is a look at the number of trial entrants and number of trials from the most recent runnings of the Golden State Million and the Los Alamitos Million to understand this important aspect of racing at Los Alamitos.