07/06/2009 11:00PM

Fairplex stakes program takes a trim


In a reflection of a difficult economic climate, the Los Angeles County Fair at Fairplex Park has cut the number of stakes and the prize money available for its upcoming meeting, which runs from Sept. 10-28.

The 15-day meeting will offer 14 Thoroughbred stakes, down from 17 in 2008. The track is running one fewer day than last year.

Last year, the minimum stakes purse was $65,000-guaranteed; this year, the minimum is $50,000-guaranteed.

Five races have been cut from the 2008 calendar: the Foothill Stakes for 3-year-old sprinters, the Pio Pico Stakes for statebred female sprinters, the Black Swan Stakes for 2-year-old fillies, the Gateway to Glory Stakes for 2-year-olds, and the CTBA Marian Stakes for statebred females.

Two $50,000 races for 3-year-old fillies have been added: the Beverly Lewis Stakes over 6 1/2 furlongs on Sept. 10, and the Palomares Stakes over 1 1/16 miles on Sept. 25.

The distances of four races have been altered. The Jim Kostoff Stakes for 3-year-olds has been reduced from 1 1/16 miles to seven furlongs. The Bustles and Bows Stakes for 2-year-old fillies and the C.B. Afflerbaugh Stakes for 2-year-olds have been extended from 6 1/2 furlongs to seven furlongs. The Pomona Derby, which has been cut from $100,000 to $75,000, will be run over 1 1/16 miles, and not at about 1 1/8 miles as in past years.

The purse for the meeting's richest race - the $125,000 Ralph Hinds Pomona Invitational on Sept. 27 - is unchanged from 2008.