The Grade II, $200,000 Los Alamitos Derby headlines a stakes schedule worth a guaranteed $550,000 for the upcoming Los Angeles County Fair at Los Alamitos meet.

The 12-day season will begin Thursday, Sept. 8 and continue through Sunday, Sept. 25. Racing will be conducted on a Thursday-Sunday basis.

Offered during the Summer Thoroughbred Festival in July of 2014 and 2015, the Derby - won previously by Shared Belief and Gimme Da Lute - will be run Saturday, Sept. 24. Restricted to 3-year-olds, the Derby will be contested at 1 1/8 miles.

The $75,000-guaranteed Beverly J. Lewis will be part of a stakes doubleheader Saturday, Sept. 10. The Lewis, which is for 3-year-old fillies at six furlongs, will share the spotlight with the $75,000-guaranteed E.B. Johnston. The one-mile Johnston is for 3-year-olds & up bred or sired in California.

The Los Alamitos stakes schedule is completed by a pair of races for 2-year-olds – $100,000 Barretts Debutante – for fillies (Saturday, Sept. 17) and the $100,000 Barretts Juvenile (Sunday, Sept. 18). Both the Juvenile and Debutante are at 6 ½ furlongs and open to horses purchased at any Barretts sale.

The complete stakes schedule:

Date                                      Race                                                      Distance                              Purse

Saturday, Sept. 10            Beverly J. Lewis Stakes                        6 Furlongs                           $75,000

                                            3-Year-Old Fillies


Saturday, Sept. 10            E.B. Johnston Stakes                             One Mile                              $75,000

                                            3-Year-Olds & Up

                                           (California bred or sired)


Saturday, Sept. 17            Barretts Debutante                                      6.5 Furlongs                        $100,000

                                            2-Year-Old Fillies

                                            (Offered at any Barretts sale)


Sunday, Sept. 18               Barretts Juvenile                                          6.5 Furlongs                       $100,000


                                             (Offered at any Barretts sale)


Saturday, Sept. 24            Los Alamitos Derby (Grade II)                1 1/8th Miles                        $200,000






      About six hours after he left Taylor Made Farm in Nicholasville, Ky., California Chrome was back at his Los Alamitos home.

The 2014 Horse of the Year - and North America’s richest thoroughbred after his March 26 victory in the $10-million Dubai World Cup - arrived around 4 p.m. Sunday at the stable of trainer Art Sherman after a van ride from LA/Ontario International Airport.

“He looks great,’’ said Sherman as the 5-year-old son of Lucky Pulpit was being walked around near the barn by his son and assistant trainer Alan. “It feels so good to have him back.’’

Sherman said California Chrome, whose resume includes 12 victories – including the 2014 Kentucky Derby and Preakness – in 21 starts and $12,532,650 in earnings, would tack walk Monday and probably return to the track Tuesday.

The target for California Chrome’s next start is the $200,000-guaranteed San Diego Handicap Saturday, July 23 at Del Mar. The Grade II is run at 1 1/16 miles and serves as a prep for the Grade I, $1 million-guaranteed TVG Pacific Classic, which will be offered Saturday, Aug. 20.











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