Horse Racing

Los Alamitos Releases Winter Stakes Schedule

Five stakes worth a combined $700,000 highlight the 2023 Winter Thoroughbred meet at Los Alamitos Race Course.

The six-day season will begin Friday, Dec. 8, and continue through Sunday, Dec. 17. Racing will be conducted Friday-Sunday both weeks (Dec. 8-10 and Dec. 15-17). Post time will be 12:30 p.m. PT.

The first of the stakes races is the $200,000 guaranteed Starlet Stakes (G2) for 2-year-old fillies. The race at 1 1/16 miles will be run Dec. 9. The 2022 Starlet Stakes was won by Michael Lund Petersen’s Faiza , who went on to win multiple graded stakes this year, including the Santa Anita Oaks (G2).

One week later Los Alamitos will run the $200,000 guaranteed Los Alamitos Futurity (G2). The Dec. 16 race for 2-year-olds also will be run at 1 1/16 miles. Leslie and Pierre Amestoy and Roger Beasley’s Practical Move  won the 2022 Futurity and went on to win this year’s Santa Anita Derby (G1).

The winter schedule includes a pair of races at one mile for 2-year-olds that are bred or sired in California: the $100,000 guaranteed Soviet Problem Stakes for fillies will be run Dec. 10, while the King Glorious Stakes for colts and geldings will be contested Dec. 17.

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The other stakes is the $100,000 Bayakoa Stakes (G3) for fillies and mares that are 3-year-olds & up. The Dec. 15 race will be run at 1 1/16 miles.

This press release has been edited for content and style by BloodHorse Staff.


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