TWO GRADED STAKES HEADLINE SUMMER THOROUGHBRED SCHEDULE
Three stakes – including a pair of graded events – worth $450,000 highlight the Summer Thoroughbred Festival at Los Alamitos.
The eight-day season will begin Thursday, July 6 and continue through Sunday, July 16.
The richest event on the calendar is the $200,000 Los Alamitos Derby, which was offered during the Los Angeles County Fair meet last Sept. 24.
The Grade III for 3-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles, which will be contested Saturday, July 15, has been won by Shared Belief (2014), Gimme Da Lute (2015) and, most recently, the John Sadler-trained Accelerate (photo).
The other graded race is the $150,000 Great Lady M. Stakes for fillies and mares (3-year-olds & up) at 6 ½ furlongs.
Named in honor of the multiple graded stakes winner trained by Hall of Famer D. Wayne Lukas, the Great Lady M., which will be run Saturday, July 8, was offered during the Spring meet last April after being contested previously during the Summer Thoroughbred Festival in July 2014-2015.
The three winners of the Grade III at Los Alamitos are Doinghardtimeagain (2014), Fantastic Style (2015) and Finest City scored in 2016 prior to her victory in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint last Nov. 4. The latter win enabled Finest City, who is owned by Seltzer Thoroughbreds and trained by Ian Kruljac, to earn the Eclipse Award as the female sprint champion.
The other stakes on the schedule is the $100,000 Bertrando for California breds (3-year-olds & up). Won a year ago by Boozer during the Spring meet, the one-mile Bertrando will be run Saturday, July 8.
The July 8 program will also feature a Daily Racing Form/National Thoroughbred Racing Association handicapping tournament with three seats available to the 2018 DRF/NTRA National Handicapping championship.
The complete stakes schedule:
Date Race Distance Purse
Saturday, July 8 Bertrando Stakes One Mile $100,000
3-Year-Olds & Up
(California bred or sired)
Saturday, July 8 Great Lady M. Stakes (Grade III) Six & One Half Furlongs $150,000
3-Year-Olds & Up, Fillies & Mares
Saturday, July 15 Los Alamitos Derby (Grade III) One & One Eighth Miles $200,000