Futurity, Starlet Headline Eight-Day Meet At Los Alamitos

by | 11.26.2018 | 2:18pm

A pair of Grade I races for 2-year-olds highlight the 2018 Winter meet at Los Alamitos.

The eight-day season will begin Thursday, Dec. 6 and continue through Sunday, Dec. 16.

Racing will be conducted on a Thursday-Sunday basis. Post time will be 1 p.m. on weekdays and 12:30 p.m. on weekends.

The $300,000 Starlet for fillies and the $300,000 Los Alamitos CashCall Futurity will be run Saturday, Dec. 8. Both races are at 1 1/16 miles and being offered at Los Alamitos for the fifth time. The two significant races were run previously at Hollywood Park (1981-2013).

Hall of Famer Bob Baffert became the first trainer to win the Starlet and CashCall Futurity in the same year in 2017, capturing the Starlet with Dream Tree and the Futurity – via disqualification – with McKinzie.

Baffert has won all four runnings of the Futurity at Los Alamitos, taking the 2014 renewal with Dortmund, then scoring with Mor Spirit (2015) and Mastery (2016) prior to McKinzie's success.

There will be two other stakes during the two-week season. Both are at one mile and for 2-year-olds bred or sired in California. The $100,000-guaranteed Soviet Problem for fillies will be run Saturday, Dec. 15 while the $100,000 King Glorious for colts & geldings will be contested Sunday, Dec. 16.

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 wagering menu includes the $2 Pick Six, a pair of $1 Pick 4's – races 2-5 and the final four – as well as a pair of Pick 5's – which are 50-cent minimum wagers – on the first five races and the last five.

The Pick Six will have the standard 70-30 split with 70% of the pool going to those tickets with six winners and the remaining 30% going to tickets with five of six winners.

Entries for the opening day card will be taken Monday, Dec. 3.

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