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Futurity, Starlet highlight Winter stakes schedule

Four stakes for 2-year-olds – including a pair of graded races – highlight the upcoming Winter Thoroughbred meet at Los Alamitos. The season is scheduled to begin Friday, Dec. 3 and continue through Sunday, Dec. 12.

The $300,000-guaranteed Starlet, a Grade I for 2-year-old fillies, will be renewed for the eighth time at Los Alamitos Saturday, Dec. 4, one week before the $200,000 Grade II Los Alamitos Futurity. Won a year ago by the Bob Baffert-trained Varda, the Starlet – like the Futurity – will be contested at 1 1/16 miles.

Among the nominees to the Starlet are impressive Del Mar Debutante winner Grace Adler, Dance to the Music, Elm Drive and Eda.

Nominees for the Futurity, which was won a year ago by Spielberg, giving Baffert his seventh consecutive win in the race, include Del Mar Futurity winner Pinehurst, Enbarr, winner of the local Capote Stakes, Pappacap and Rhetoric.

The other two stakes for juveniles will be run at one mile and are ungraded. The $100,000 Soviet Problem – for fillies – will be offered Saturday, Dec. 11 while the $100,000 King Glorious will be run Sunday, Dec. 12. Both are for 2-year-olds bred or sired in California.

Completing the stakes schedule is the Grade III, $100,000 Bayakoa Stakes for fillies & mares (3-year-olds & up) at 1 1/16 miles. The Bayakoa will be run Sunday, Dec. 5.

The complete LACF Winter Thoroughbred Stakes schedule:

Date
Race
Distance
Purse

Saturday, Dec. 4
The Starlet (Grade I)
One & One Sixteenth Miles
$300,000-guaranteed
2-Year-Old Fillies

Sunday, Dec. 5
Bayakoa Stakes (Grade III)
One & One Sixteenth Miles
$100,000-guaranteed
3-Year-Olds & Up, Fillies & Mares

Saturday, Dec. 11
Soviet Problem Stakes
One Mile
$100,000-guaranteed
2-Year-Old Fillies, Bred or Sired in California

Saturday, Dec. 11
Los Alamitos Futurity (Grade II)
One & One Sixteenth Miles
$200,000-guaranteed
2-Year-Olds

Sunday, Dec. 12
King Glorious Stakes
One Mile
$100,000-guaranteed
2-Year-Olds, Bred or Sired in California

This article was released by the Los Alamitos Race Course.