08/10/2006 11:00PM

Purse hikes for 15 of meet's 17 stakes


After a 2005 meeting that produced a record in all-sources handle, Fairplex Park has added $300,000 to purses for its upcoming meeting at the Los Angeles County Fair in Pomona, Calif., from Sept. 8-25.

The increase will result in higher purses for 15 of the meeting's 17 stakes.

The most significant increase is to the meeting's top race for older horses, the $125,000 Ralph Hinds Pomona Invitational Handicap at about 1 1/8 miles on Sept. 24. The race was worth $100,000 in 2005.

The two races affiliated with the Barretts sales - the Barretts Juvenile and the Barretts Debutante - will have $10,000 purse increases, to an estimated $130,000 each. The races are for horses that have gone through Barretts sales.

Fairplex Park has a stakes on every program during its 16-day meeting. A dozen stakes, many run on weekdays, have had their purses increased by $5,000, to $65,000.

The purse increase will extend to some overnight races. Maiden races will be increased by $1,000 and purses for $12,500 claimers or horses of better classes will be increased by $1,000 to $2,000, according to Fairplex Park equine manager George Bradvica.

Last year, Fairplex Park handled a record $113.8 million.

2006 stakes schedule

Fri.,Sept. 8FOOTHILL STAKES3YO6 1/2 furlongs$65,000
Sat.,Sept. 9PHIL D. SHEPHERD STAKES3YO & Up1 1/16 miles65,000
Sun.,Sept. 10E. B. JOHNSTON STAKESF&M, 3YO & Up1 1/16 miles65,000
Mon.,Sept. 11DERBY TRIAL STAKES3YO1 1/16 miles65,000
Wed.,Sept. 13BEAU BRUMMEL STAKES2YO6 1/2 furlongs65,000
Thur.,Sept. 14BUSTLES AND BOWS STAKES2YO F6 1/2 furlongs65,000
Fri.,Sept. 15PIO PICO STAKESF&M, 3YO & Up*6 1/2 furlongs65,000
Sat.,Sept. 16BARRETTS DEBUTANTE2YO F6 1/2 furlongs130,000
Sun.,Sept. 17BARRETTS JUVENILE2YO6 1/2 furlongs130,000
Mon.,Sept. 18CTBA MARIAN STAKES3YO F*1 1/16 miles65,000
Wed.,Sept. 20BLACK SWAN STAKES2YO F1 1/16 miles65,000
Thur.,Sept. 21GATEWAY TO GLORY STAKES2YO1 1/16 miles65,000
Fri.,Sept. 22LAS MADRINAS HANDICAPF&M, 3YO & Up1 1/16 miles100,000
Sat.,Sept. 23POMONA DERBY3YO1 1/8 miles100,000
Sun.,Sept. 24RALPH M. HINDS POMONA INVTL. HCP.3YO & Up1 1/8 miles125,000
Sun.,Sept. 24GOVERNOR'S CUP3YO & Up6 1/2 furlongs65,000
Mon.,Sept. 25BANGLES AND BEADS STAKESF&M, 3YO & Up6 1/2 furlongs65,000