Noms Available for New Los Al Stakes

Restricted races offer chances for horses from Intermountain and Northwest regions.

August 27, 2012

Los Alamitos

Nomination blanks are now available for Los Alamitos Race Course’s four newest overnight handicap races to be contested in 2012. The four new Quarter Horse races have been named the John Ward Overnight Handicap (R) and He Flys Overnight Handicap (R) for 3-year-olds and upward and The Plan Overnight Handicap (R) and Mount Rushmore Overnight Handicap (R) for 2-year-olds. The four races are part of the track’s effort to provide restricted racing opportunities for Quarter Horses based in the Intermountain and Northwest regions of the country.

Quarter Horses are eligible to run in these stakes if they have made at least two starts in the Northwest and/or Intermountain states of Colorado, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming since January 1, 2012. Horses racing or based at Los Alamitos in 2012 that travel to the Northwest and Intermountain regions to race will not be eligible to compete.

The $16,000 He Flys Overnight Handicap is set for Sunday, September 16, at 350 yards. The race is named after the son of Jet Deck, who won 14 of 44 starts while earnings close to $150,000. He Flys was bred by T.J. Stuart of Utah. The $16,000 John Ward Overnight Handicap is scheduled for Saturday, October 27, at 400 yards. The race is named in honor of the Pocatello, Idaho, native, who became one of sport’s top riders in the 1970s and 1980s. Ward won 1,083 Quarter Horse races and 34 Quarter Horse races at Los Alamitos. He won numerous major stakes including the Los Alamitos Championship, Kansas Futurity, Rainbow Futurity, Golden State Derby and the HQHRA Championship.

Los Alamitos will also host two new restricted stakes races for 2-year-olds from the Intermountain and Northwest regions. Both of these stakes will be held at 350 yards. The first is the $15,000 The Plan Overnight Handicap to be held on Sunday, September 16. The Plan is 19 days prior to the Wild West Futurity (R) trials that will be held on Sunday, October 7. The Plan is named after the 1981 champion 2-year-old gelding. The Plan won 13 of 30 starts and earned $413,967 in his career. He won the Dixie Downs Futurity and Beehive Futurity before traveling to Los Alamitos to win the El Primero Del Ano Derby and Clabbertown G Stakes. He also ran second in the Go Man Go Handicap against a field that included champions Dashingly and Sgt Pepper Feature.

The finals for the Wild West Futurity are set for Saturday, October 20, with the $15,000 Mount Rushmore Overnight Handicap to follow 21 days later on Saturday, November 10. The Mount Rushmore honors the National Monument located 25 miles southwest of Rapid City, South Dakota. In theory, a 2-year-old from the Intermountain and Northwest region now has the opportunity to race four times in a total of three stakes race against restricted competition at Los Alamitos Race Course.

Complete nomination information is available by calling the Los Alamitos Racing Office at 714-820-2788.