Itís 17 consecutive days of live thoroughbred horse racing, increased purses for the stakes races and immeasurable returns for patrons.
Fairplex Parkís 66th meeting presents 17 consecutive days of live horse racing during the 2004 L.A. County Fair, scheduled for Sept. 10 through Sept. 26. Fairplex Park will offer one stakes race every day beginning on opening day, Friday, Sept. 10. Seventeen stakes races are slated and purses have been increased over 2003 figures. The $100,000 Ralph M. Hinds Pomona Invitational Handicap, slated for Sunday,
Sept. 26, takes the seasonís top billing. The event for 3-year-olds and up will go at 1-1/8 miles and will honor the Fair Associationís late president and chief executive officer.
The Pomona Derby on Saturday, Sept. 25 (3-year-olds, 1-1/8 miles), and the Las Madrinas Handicap on Friday, Sept. 24 (3-year-olds and up, fillies and mares, 1-1/16 miles), will each offer guaranteed purses of $100,000. Two 6 - 1/2 furlong events for 2-year-olds carry estimated purses of $120,000. The Barretts Debutante for fillies is set for Saturday, Sept. 18, followed by the Barretts Juvenile for colts and geldings on Sunday, Sept. 19. Both are for 2-year-olds sold at the Barretts Equine Sales Complex at Fairplex.
The Phil D. Shepherd Stakes on Saturday, Sept. 11 at 1-1/16 miles is a $60,000 guaranteed stakes race. The Foothill Stakes has opening day honors and the Bustles & Bows Stakes is slated for Thursday, Sept. 16. Both races are 6-1/2 furlongs with guaranteed purses of $60,000. The Shepherd and Johnston are 1-1/16-mile tests for 3-year-olds and up, while the Foothill will go at 6-Ĺ furlongs. The Johnston is targeted toward fillies and mares.
The remaining nine stakes races will carry guaranteed purses of $60,000, up from $50,000 last year. All told, more than $4 million in purse money, including $1.24 million for 17 thoroughbred stakes events, will be offered.
First post will be at 12:30 p.m. for weekday daily races and noon post time on Saturday and Sunday. Fair gates open at 11 a.m. Monday through Friday and at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Entry to the Fairplex Park Budweiser Grandstand and clubhouse is included with the price of Fair admission. Box seats are $3. For more information visit the Web site at www.fairplex.com.
2004 FAIRPLEX PARK STAKES SCHEDULE L.A. COUNTY FAIR
Friday, Sept. 10 Foothill Stakes 6-1/2 furlongs $60,000 guaranteed 3-year-olds Saturday, Sept. 11 Phil D. Shepherd Stakes 1 1/16 miles $60,000 guaranteed 3-year-olds & up Sunday, Sept. 12 E.B. Johnston Stakes 1-1/16 miles $60,000 guaranteed Fillies & Mares, 3-year-olds & up Monday, Sept. 13 Derby Trial Stakes 1-1/16 miles $60,000 guaranteed 3-year-olds Tuesday, Sept. 14 Beau Brummel Stakes 6-1/2 furlongs $60,000 guaranteed Colts & Geldings, 2-year-olds Wednesday, Sept. 15 Governorís Cup 6-1/2 furlongs $60,000 guaranteed 3-year-olds & up Thursday, Sept. 16 Bustles and Bows Stakes 6-1/2 furlongs $60,000 guaranteed Fillies, 2-year-olds Friday, Sept. 17 Pio Pico Stakes 6-1/2 furlongs $60,000 guaranteed Fillies & Mares, 3-year-olds & up