Three stakes – including a pair of graded events – worth $450,000 highlight the Summer Thoroughbred Festival at Los Alamitos. The twelve-day season will begin Thursday, June 27 and continue through Sunday, July 14. Racing will be conducted on a Thursday-Sunday basis.
The richest event on the calendar is the Grade II, $200,000 Great Lady M. Stakes for fillies and mares at 6½ furlongs. Won a year ago by multiple-graded-stakes winner Marley’s Freedom, the Great Lady M. will be offered Saturday, July 6.
The other graded race is the Grade III, $150,000 Los Alamitos Derby, which was won a year ago by the Bob Baffert-trained Once on Whiskey. The nine-furlong contest for 3-year-olds will be run Saturday, July 13.
Before Once On Whiskey, the Derby was won by Shared Belief (2014), Gimme Da Lute (2015), Accelerate (2016) and eventual 3-year-old champion West Coast in 2017.
Besides Marley’s Freedom, the four previous winners of the Great Lady M. at Los Alamitos were Doinghardtimeagain (2014), Fantastic Style (2015), Eclipse Award winner Finest City (2016) and Skye Diamonds (2017).
The other stakes on the schedule is the $100,000 Bertrando for California breds (3-year-olds and up). The one-mile Bertrando will be run Saturday, June 29.
The complete stakes schedule:
|Saturday, June 29||Bertrando Stakes||One Mile||$100,000||3-Year-Olds & Up
(California bred or sired)
|Saturday, July 6||Great Lady M. Stakes (Grade II)||Six & One Half Furlongs||$200,000||3-Year-Olds & Up
Fillies & Mares
|Saturday, July 13||Los Alamitos Derby (Grade III)||One & One Eighth Miles||$150,000||3-Year-Olds|