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Great Lady M. highlights LACF stakes schedule

Three stakes – including a graded event – worth $425,000 highlight the Los Angeles County Fair meet at Los Alamitos.

The 10-day season is scheduled to begin Friday, June 24 and continue through Sunday, July 10. Racing will be conducted Friday-Sunday opening weekend (June 24-26) and the final week (July 8-10) and Friday-Monday (July 1-4) the middle week. The Monday July 4 program is a special holiday card and will include a handicapping contest with two berths in the 2023 NTRA National Handicapping Championship in Las Vegas on the line. Post time will be 1 p.m. each day.

The richest event on the calendar is the Grade II, $200,000-guaranteed Great Lady M. Stakes for fillies & mares at 6 ½ furlongs. Captured by heavily-favored Gamine in 2021, the Great Lady M. will be offered Monday, July 4.

Besides Gamine, the six other winners of the Great Lady M. at Los Alamitos are Doinghardtimeagain (2014), Fantastic Style (2015), Eclipse Award winner Finest City (2016), Skye Diamonds (2017), Marley’s Freedom (2018-2019) and Sneaking Out (2020).

The $125,000-guaranteed Los Alamitos Derby, which was won a year ago by Classier, will be run Saturday, July 9.

Before Classier, the Derby was won by Shared Belief (2014), Gimme Da Lute (2015), Accelerate (2016), eventual 3-year-old champion West Coast (2017), Once On Whiskey (2018), Game Winner (2019) and Uncle Chuck (2020).

The other stakes on the schedule is the $100,000-guaranteed Bertrando for 3-year-olds & up bred or sired in California. The one-mile race – which honors the multiple graded stakes winner and champion older male of 1993 – will be run Saturday, June 25.

This article was released by the Los Alamitos Race Course.