CASHCALL FUTURITY, STARLET HIGHLIGHT WINTER STAKES SCHEDULE; GRADE II, $200,000 BAYAKOA ALSO RETURNS TO LOS ALAMITOS

          Four stakes for 2-year-olds – including a pair of Grade I races – highlight the upcoming Winter Thoroughbred meet at Los Alamitos. The 12-day season will begin Thursday, Nov. 30 and continue through Sunday, Dec. 17.

The $300,000-guaranteed Los Alamitos CashCall Futurity and the $300,000-guaranteed Starlet – for fillies – will be renewed on Saturday, Dec. 9. Won a year ago by the Bob Baffert-trained Mastery, the Futurity – like the Starlet – will be contested at 1 1/16 miles. Among the nominees to the Futurity are Del Mar Juvenile Turf winner Encumbered, multiple stakes winner Run Away and St Patrick’s Day, a full brother to 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.

Nominees for the Starlet, which was won a year ago by the Simon Callaghan-trained Abel Tasman, include Del Mar Debutante and Chandelier Stakes winner Moonshine Memories, Debutante runner-up Piedi Bianchi and Sorrento Stakes heroine Spectator.

The Winter meet’s other graded stakes is the $200,000 guaranteed Bayakoa. Last run at Los Alamitos in 2014, the Grade II for fillies and mares – 3-year-olds & up – will be offered at 1 1/16 miles Sunday, Dec. 3. The remaining stakes for 2-year-olds will be run at one mile and are ungraded. The $100,000 Soviet Problem – for fillies - will be contested Saturday, Dec. 2 while the $100,000 King Glorious will be run Saturday, Dec. 16. Both are for horses bred or sired in California.

 LOS ANGELES COUNTY FAIR MEET SHOWS

HANDLE GAINS IN CALIFORNIA

CYPRESS, Calif. --- Total mutuel handle generated in California for the Los Angeles County Fair meet at Los Alamitos, which concluded Sunday, Sept. 24, was up slightly over the 2016 season.

  The total handle in California - including on-track, off track betting sites and through advance deposit wagering entities - was $41,982,620 compared to $41,690,533. Those figures represent a 0.7% gain. The all-sources total comingled handle for the meet, including sites outside of California, was $62,737,026, compared to $63,147,196, a slight decrease of 0.6%.    

   Daytime thoroughbred racing will return to Los Alamitos Thursday, Nov. 30 with the start of the Winter meet. The 12-day season will continue through Sunday, Dec. 17 with racing conducted on a Thursday-Sunday basis.

   The meet will be highlighted by a pair of Grade I races for 2-year-olds. The $300,000 Starlet for fillies and the $300,000 Los Alamitos CashCall Futurity will be run Saturday, Dec. 9.

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