A newly-created Starter Showdown Series – with purses totaling $175,000 - and five other stakes races worth a combined $425,000 will be offered during the upcoming Los Alamitos Fall Thoroughbred meet.

The 10-day season will begin Thursday, Sept. 10 and continue through Friday, Sept. 25. Racing will be conducted on a Thursday-Sunday basis the first two weeks, then conclude with two days (Sept. 24-25) before the Southern California scene shifts to Santa Anita Saturday, Sept. 26.

The Starter Showdown Series, which will debut on closing day, consists of five races – varying in distance from 5 ½ furlongs to one mile – for horses eligible for $8,000, $16,000 and $25,000 starter allowance contests.A six-furlong race, the $45,000 Seal Beach Stakes is the richest in the Series. The other stakes are the $30,000 Buena Park (5 ½ furlongs), the $30,000 Westminster (5 ½ furlongs, fillies and mares), the $35,000 Rossmoor (One Mile) and the $35,000 Long Beach (One Mile, fillies and mares).

Won a year ago by Uzziel (left), the $75,000 Beverly J. Lewis Stakes will kick off the Fall meet Sept. 10. Named for the widow of the late Bob Lewis, a prominent owner and longtime fixture in the horse racing industry, the Lewis is for 3-year-old fillies at 6 ½ furlongs.

 The Los Alamitos stakes schedule also includes three races for 2-year-olds – the $75,000 Contender at 6 furlongs (Sunday, Sept. 13), the $100,000 Barretts Debutante for fillies at 6 ½ furlongs (Saturday, Sept. 19) and the $100,000 Barretts Juvenile at 6 ½ furlongs (Sunday, Sept. 20).

 The remaining stakes race on the calendar is the $75,000 E.B. Johnston Stakes for 3-year-olds & up either bred or sired in California. The Johnston, which will be run at one mile, will be offered Saturday, Sept. 12.

 The complete stakes schedule:

 Date                                    Race                                   Purse                 Conditions

Thursday, Sept. 10           Beverly J. Lewis Stakes    $75,000            3-Year-Old Fillies at 6 ½ Furlongs

Saturday, Sept. 12           E.B. Johnston Stakes       $75,000            3-Year-Olds & Up at One Mile 

                                                                                              (California bred or sired) 

Sunday, Sept. 13             Contender Stakes            $75,000          2-Year-Olds at 6 Furlongs                                                         

 Saturday, Sept. 19          Barretts Debutante           $100,000         2-Year-Old Fillies at 6 ½ Furlongs

                                                                                              (Offered at any Barretts Sale)  

Sunday, Sept. 20             Barretts Juvenile               $100,000         2-Year-Olds at 6 ½ Furlongs 

                                                                                               (Offered at any Barretts Sale)


 Friday, Sept. 25               Buena Park Stakes           $30,000           3-Year-Olds & Up at 5 ½ Furlongs 

                                                                                               (Qualifying for an $8,000 starter race)

Friday, Sept. 25                Westminster Stakes        $30,000            3-Year-Olds & Up, Fillies & Mares at 5 ½ Furlongs 

                                                                                               (Qualifying for an $8,000 starter race)   

Friday, Sept. 25                Rossmoor Stakes           $35,000              3-Year-Olds & Up at One Mile

                                                                                                (Qualifying for a $16,000 starter race)   

Friday, Sept. 25                Long Beach Stakes        $35,000              3-Year-Olds & Up, Fillies & Mares at One Mile

                                                                                                 (Qualifying for a $16,000 starter race)   

Friday, Sept. 25                 Seal Beach Stakes       $45,000               3-Year-Olds & Up, 6 Furlongs 

                                                                                                 (Qualifying for a $25,000 starter race)   






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