LOS ALAMITOS WINTER MEET TO OPEN ON THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3
OPENING DAY SET FOR THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3
The second Winter meet at Los Alamitos will begin Thursday, Dec. 3. The 12-day season will continue through Sunday, Dec. 20 with racing conducted on a Thursday-Sunday basis. Post time will be 12:30 p.m. Highlighting the Winter season are a pair of Grade I races for 2-year-olds. The $300,000-guaranteed Starlet for fillies will be run Saturday, Dec. 12 while the $350,000-guaranteed Los Alamitos Futurity will be run a week later (Saturday, Dec. 19).
Both races were run for the first time at Los Alamitos last year after being offered previously at the now-closed Hollywood Park (1981-2013).
Take Charge Brandi wrapped up her Eclipse Award as the champion 2-year-old filly with a victory in the 2014 Starlet for Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas.
Dortmund edged eventual Kentucky Derby runner-up Firing Line and Mr. Z in last year’s Futurity, giving Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert his record seventh victory in the prestigious race. Dortmund followed up that win with a score in the Grade I Santa Anita Derby some four months later, then was third behind stablemate and 2015 Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup Classic winner American Pharoah in the Kentucky Derby.
The other two stakes on the Winter menu are one mile contests for 2-year-olds bred or sired in California.
The $100,000-guaranteed Soviet Problem for fillies will be run Saturday, Dec. 5 while the $100,000 King Glorious for colts & geldings will be part of a stakes doubleheader Saturday, Dec. 12.
There will be four giveaway days during the meet including a Los Alamitos cap (Dec. 12), a 2016 wall calendar (Dec. 13), a Los Alamitos blanket (Dec. 19) and a Los Alamitos holiday ornament (Dec. 20).
A live money handicapping contest will be offered Dec. 5 with the top two finishers earning a spot in the 2016 Daily Racing Form/National Thoroughbred Racing Association National Handicapping Championship in Las Vegas.
Track gates – including the Clubhouse and Vessels Club – will open at 9:30 a.m. General parking is free with grandstand admission $3 - $2 for seniors 62 and older. The complete stakes schedule is listed here.
LOS ALAMITOS OFFERS LIVE MONEY CONTEST
ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5
The Los Alamitos Racing Association will offer a cash prize and a pair of seats to the 2016 Daily Racing Form/National Thoroughbred Racing Association National Championship in Las Vegas with a live-money contest Saturday, Dec. 5, third day of the Winter meet.
Cost to enter the tournament is $300. Of that amount, $200 will be placed in the contest prize pool with the remaining $100 going towards a live-money wagering card.
Contestants must enter prior to 12:30 p.m. – post time for the first race – Dec. 5. Players can begin entering the contest Friday, Dec. 4 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on the mezzanine level of the Los Alamitos grandstand. Participants may purchase a maximum of two entries.
Tournament races will include the entire Los Alamitos card with permitted wagers including win, place, show and exactas. Each entry must bet at least $20 on five races, but there is no limit on the amount of races each entrant can play.
The player with the highest bankroll at the end of the day will be declared the winner and the player with the second highest bankroll the runner-up, The winner will receive 50% of the prize pool. The remaining payoffs: 20% (Second) 15% (Third), 10% (Fourth) and 5% (Fifth).
The top two finishers will receive entry – including airfare and hotel accommodations - into next year’s DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship in Las Vegas. Here are the complete contest rules, or call 714-820-2690 with any additional questions.