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Los Al's richest stakes schedule ever to highlight 2005 meeting


November 24, 2004     E-mail this page to a friend!


 LOS ALAMITOS RACE COURSE, CYPRESS, CA.... Los Alamitos Race Course has unveiled its richest stakes schedule ever, as more than $10 million in stakes purse money will be up for grabs in 2005. Highlighting the schedule is the newly revamped Los Alamitos Bonanza for 2-year-olds, featuring three races guaranteed to be worth at least $1 million each. Los Alamitos is the first track in the country to have three $1 million races as part of its annual stakes schedule. 

      The three Bonanza races are: the $250,000 added Ed Burke Million Futurity on Saturday, June 25; the $100,000 added Golden State Million on Friday, November 4; and the $1.6 million estimated Los Alamitos Million, featuring $200,000 in added money, on Friday, December 9, 2005. 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.

      Withnomination payments taken into account, total stakes purses are expected to exceed $10.2 million, a national Quarter Horse record. Plus, Los Alamitos in co-operation with the Pacific Coast Quarter Horse Association will offer a record $3.641 million in added money as part of the 2005 stakes schedule. A total of 29 races are expected to boast purses of $100,000 or more next year. Eight of those will have purses of $300,000 or more.

       In addition, Los Alamitos will host the MBNA America Racing Challenge Night for a record sixth time on Saturday, November 5. The Challenge, a six race series worth $900,000, is Quarter Horse racing's version of the Breeders' Cup. 

RACING SCHEDULE

   Racing will be conducted on a Thursday through Sunday basis from December 26, 2004 through December 18, 2005.There will be no live racing at Los Alamitos on New Year's Day, Friday, January 1; Super Bowl Sunday, February 6; Thursday, September 8, and Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24, 2005.

RICH WINTER SESSION KICKS OFF THE MEET

     To kick-off the track's richest stakes schedule ever, winter purses for overnight races will once again feature a $1 million increase for the months of January, February and March. The winter portion of the meet will offer several important races for the different divisions of Quarter Horse racing. The running of the Grade 1 $125,000 added Charger Bar Handicap for mares at 400 yards on January 8; the Grade 3 $25,000 added Moonshiner Handicap at 870 yards on January 29; the Grade 1 $200,000 guaranteed Los Alamitos Winter Derby at 400 yards on February 25; and the Grade 1 $200,000 Los Alamitos Winter Championship at 400 yards on February 26, will highlight the winter part of the meet. 

SCHEDULE HIGHLIGHTS

    The 55th year of racing at Los Alamitos will once again feature the running of the richest derby in Quarter Horse racing - the $600,000 estimated Los Alamitos Super Derby on Saturday, November 12 - while the sport's most prestigious race for older Quarter Horses - the $500,000 Champion of Champions will be held on Saturday, December 10, 2005. 

    The 5th annual California Breeders Champions Night, featuring an all-Quarter Horse stakes program for Cal-Breds, is set for Saturday, July 30. One of the most important event on the stakes schedule, Champions Night features the $350,000 estimated Governor's Cup Futurity, $135,000 estimated Governor's Cup Derby, and the $150,000 Spencer Childers California Breeders Championship.

   The final two weekends of the 2005 season will feature four of the meet's most important races. The $1.6 million Los Alamitos Million and $500,000 Champion of Champions will be held on December 9 and 10, respectively, while the richest 870-yard race in the world - the $150,000 guaranteed Marathon National and Grade 1 $150,000 estimated Southern California Derby. The following weekend will feature the Southern California Derby on Friday, December 16, and the  Marathon National on Saturday, December 17. The complete 2005 stakes schedule is available at www.losalamitos.com.

ROAD TO THE CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS

     Eight automatic starting berths to the $500,000 Champion of Champions will be up for grabs during the 2005 racing season at Los Alamitos. The Road To The Champion of Champions gets underway with the running of the $200,000 guaranteed Los Alamitos Winter Championship on February 26. The Vessels Maturity (on June 24); Go Man Go Handicap (September 24); Los Alamitos Invitational Championship (October 15); the MBNA America Challenge Championship (November 5) and Los Alamitos Super Derby (November 12) will offer automatic starting berths to the Champion of Champions. The final two berths will be decided in the Z. Wayne Griffin Directors Trials on Saturday, November 19, 2005.

    In addition, the All American Derby at Ruidoso Downs in New Mexico, and the Refrigerator Handicap at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas will also offer berths to the Champion of Champions.

SEVEN MAJOR FUTURITIES ON THE DOCKET

    Seven major Grade 1 futurities are scheduled for 2005 at Los Alamitos, beginning with the $200,000 estimated Kindergarten Futurity on Saturday, May 14. The $1 million guaranteed Ed Burke Million follows on June 25 with the (RG1) Governor's Cup for Cal-Breds set for July 30. The $330,000 estimated PCQHRA Breeders Futurity will be held on Saturday, October 1 with the $1 million guaranteed Golden State Million set for November 4. The $150,000 Ford Juvenile Challenge Championship is part of the MBNA America Racing Challenge Night on Saturday, November 5, while the Los Alamitos Million wraps up the futurities on Friday, December 9.

MAIDEN STAKES RETURNS

  The 2005 Los Alamitos Maiden Stakes will feature the biggest purse of any maiden stakes in the nation. The Maiden Stakes for 3-year-old Quarter Horses will feature a $100,000 guaranteed purse, however, the final to be held in February of 2005 is expected to be worth approximately $125,000. The Maiden Stakes was a popular event at Los Alamitos in 2004, as the $50,000 guaranteed race turned into an $86,000 final.

    Non-winners as of December 1, 2004 are eligible for the 350-yard race for foals of 2002. Nominations for the Los Alamitos Maiden Stakes will close on Wednesday, December 1, 2004 with a $500 payment due at that time. Contact Nominations Director Melodie Knuchell at 714-820-2801 for more information.