04/24/2014 2:16PM

Los Alamitos offering $1 million bonus for stakes sweep


Los Alamitos will pay a $1 million bonus to the owner of a 3-year-old who wins the track’s $500,000 Los Alamitos Derby in July and goes on to win the $1 million Pacific Classic at Del Mar on Aug. 24 and the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 1.

The bonus is known as the $1 million Bolton Challenge and is being conducted in partnership with Bolton and Co., a Los Angeles-based insurance firm. The Los Alamitos Derby is for 3-year-olds, and the Pacific Classic and BC Classic are open to older horses.

The $500,000 Los Alamitos Derby will be run over 1 1/8 miles on July 5. The Grade 2 race takes the place of the Swaps Stakes, which was run in early July in past years at Hollywood Park. The Los Alamitos Derby is the main race of a two-week Thoroughbred meeting at Los Alamitos in early July.

The track picked up those racing dates, and three weeks in December, following the closure of Hollywood Park last year. In addition, Los Alamitos and the Los Angeles County Fair reached an agreement to move the racing dates of the Los Angeles County Fair to Los Alamitos in September, pending legislative and regulatory approval.

Randy Baker More than 1 year ago
Hmm,I'm sure this got Hollendorfers attention for Shared Belief.
M More than 1 year ago
That is some serious cash--would be 2.5 million (just with those two races). Los Alamitos is doing some interesting things: new track, new dates, big races, a Derby contender stabled there; even noted a 10K Cl at 870 yds conditions QH but mixed with TB allowing TB to run 4F range for higher tag.
NotMike More than 1 year ago
Why not make it a $10 million dollar bonus by adding winning the Arc de Triomphe and an $100 million dollar for adding the Dubai World Cup the following year!
Blaine MacMillan More than 1 year ago
You sound like a broke and jealous fool....
NotMike More than 1 year ago
No horse will ever win the LA Derby, Pacific Classic and BC Classic....or even run in all 3 events. This is A JOKE.
Randy Baker More than 1 year ago
Maybe when Del Mar switches to dirt , it would be a better steppingstone.