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Los Alamitos announces 15% purse increase on Quarter Horse races effective Dec. 26

December 13, 2005     E-mail this page to a friend!

Los Alamitos Race Course - Winter purses for all Quarter Horse overnight races have been increased by 15 percent at Los Alamitos Race Course effective with the opening night of the upcoming season on Monday, December 26.

"Allowance races for winners will be increased between $2,000 and $3,000," said Ed Allred, owner and CEO of Los Alamitos. "Purses for claiming races and maiden allowance races will be increased a minimum of $1,000. We've enjoyed some outstanding racing in 2005 and we fully expect to have a tremendous meet here this winter. We're looking forward to offering the best Quarter Horse racing in the world, just like we've always done."

The purse hike means that at the high end of overnight Quarter Horse races for 3-year-olds and upward, open allowances will feature a purse of $16,700 for a 10-horse field. Conditioned allowance races with 10 horses will feature a purse of $15,700.

Each horse that starts in an overnight Quarter Horse race at Los Alamitos will continue to earn a guaranteed $300 starter fee.

A complete list of purses for Quarter Horse overnight races will be available on the track's website at under the Horsemen section.

Post time for opening night, Monday, December 26, is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. The winter stakes schedule gets underway with the running of the $25,000 Holiday Handicap on opening night. Racing will resume on Thursday, December 29. Los Alamitos will be dark on Saturday, December 31 and Super Bowl Sunday, February 5.

Quarter Horse racing will be conducted on the usual Thursday through Sunday basis and will feature the familiar first post times of 7:15 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, 7:00 p.m. on Saturdays and 5:30 p.m. on Sundays. The $200,000 Los Alamitos Winter Derby will be contested on Friday, February 24, while the $200,000 Los Alamitos Winter Championship will be held on Saturday, February 25.

Starting on Friday, December 30, Los Alamitos will offer a guaranteed $75,000 pool in the early Pick Four. The early Pick Four consists of the first four races on the card. As usual, Los Alamitos will offer a guaranteed $50,000 pool in the early Pick Four on Thursdays and Sundays.