The Los Alamitos Million, a race that has grown in leaps and bounds since its inaugural $1 million running in 1995, is annually one of the richest Quarter Horse races in the nation. The race has offered a $2 million dollar purse each year since 2006. The purse for the Los Alamitos Million Futurity includes $500,000 in added money.
This historic guaranteed growth of the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity is just one piece in a powerful threesome of 2-year-old races at the Orange County oval in California. In addition to the Los Alamitos $2 Million Futurity, Los Alamitos plays host to the $1 million Golden State Million and the latest in the group of $1 million races, the Ed Burke Million. The three races are open to all 2-year-olds.
The $100,000 added Golden State Million is run in the fall at a distance of 400 yards, the same distance as the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity. The $250,000 added Ed Burke Million is run in June over a distance of 350 yards.
With this historic lineup of million dollar races, Los Alamitos Race Course is the only track in the country of any race breed to annually offer three $1 million races. Los Alamitos is also hosting the Los Alamitos Super Derby each year.
The Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity, the Golden State Million and the Ed Burke Million also comprise the $1 million Los Alamitos Bonanza. The Los Alamitos Bonanza offers a $1 million bonus to be shared by the owner and nominator of any horse that can sweep the three races.
Unlike any other bonus programs, the Los Alamitos Bonanza pays out its $1 million award in one lump sum, as opposed to yearly installment payments spread over 20 to 25 years.
For information on the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity and Golden State Million Futurity, please contact Los Alamitos Director of Nominations Melodie Knuchell at 714-820-2801.
The Pacific Coast Quarter Horse Racing Association administers the Ed Burke Memorial Futurity. The PCQHRA can be reached at 714-236-1755.
The normally mild weather in southern California, coupled with entry numbers that mean just one night of qualifying, give participants in the trials for major Los Alamitos futurities the fairest possible race conditions.
All it takes is a look at the number of trial entrants from the most recent runnings of the Golden State Million and the Los Alamitos Million to understand why racing California provides you with a numbers edge in qualifying to a million dollar race.
|# of Trial Entrants||# of Trials|
|2011 Los Alamitos Two Million||116||14|
|2011 Golden State Million||83||10|
|2010 Los Alamitos Two Million||108||12|
|2010 Golden State Million||105||12|
|2009 Los Alamitos Two Million||94||12|
|2009 Golden State Million||87||11|
|2008 Golden State Million||90||8|
|2008 Los Alamitos Million||78||10|
|2007 Golden State Million||70||8|
|2007 Los Alamitos Million||74||10|
|2006 Golden State Million||84||8|
|2006 Los Alamitos Million||83||10|
|2005 Golden State Million||107||8|
|2005 Los Alamitos Million||86||10|
|2004 Golden State Million||85||8|
|2004 Los Alamitos Million||98||10|
|2003 Golden State Million||66||8|
|2003 Los Alamitos Million||78||10|
|2002 Golden State Million||58||7|
|2002 Los Alamitos Million||71||9|
|2001 Golden State Million||61||7|
|2001 Los Alamitos Million||81||11|
|2000 Golden State Million||47||6|
|2000 Los Alamitos Million||90||12|