Burgart’s Last Call Sunday at Los Al

12 Dec

A trio of stakes races worth $2.8 million will be on the docket this weekend at Los Alamitos, but it will be most remembered for the final three programs for stalwart race-caller Ed Burgart. The longtime voice of Los Alamitos, Burgart will be wrapping up his 39-year career behind the mic in a most fitting way, calling California’s richest race – the $2 million Los Alamitos Futurity.

Friday’s eight-race program features the $200,000 Southern California Derby for three-year-olds, and Saturday’s nine-race card concludes with the $600,000 Champion of Champions, long considered the year-ending national championship for older quarter-horses. Since its inaugural running in 1972, 29 Champion of Champions winners have been crowned World Champion by the American Quarter Horse Association.

Click here for Friday’s FREE program including the 10-horse field for the $200,000 Southern California Derby.

Unlike thoroughbreds, the richest, most prestigious races in quarter-horse racing are for two-year-olds, and the big one takes place Sunday with the running of the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity. First held in 1996, when it was introduced as the Million Futurity, the Two Million Futurity has carried a $2 million purse since 2006, and now holds the distinction of being the richest race contested in California. It will complete Sunday’s nine-race card and put a bow on Ed Burgart’s race-calling career.

On behalf of everyone at Pleasanton Racing and the Alameda County Fair, we congratulate Mr. Burgart on a great career and wish him all the best in his retirement.

Post time for this weekend’s night cards at Los Alamitos will be 7pm Friday, 6pm Saturday and 5:10pm on Sunday. The Los Alamitos daytime thoroughbred meet will also conclude this weekend starting at 1pm Friday, and 12:30pm Saturday and Sunday.

Holiday Hours at Pleasanton OTB

12 Dec

Pleasanton OTB will be closed from Dec. 16 through Christmas Day, Dec. 25. We will reopen for Opening Day at Santa Anita on Thursday, Dec. 26 at 9:45am. 

The OTB will be open for BINGO ONLY on the evening of Saturday, Dec. 21, starting at 5pm. Our full December Calendar is below.

On behalf of everyone at Pleasanton OTB and the Alameda County Fair, we wish you and your family a joyous and safe Holiday Season. 

 

 

Wall Calendar Giveaway on Dec. 26!

12 Dec

2173 SantaAnita YR webslide 960x400 - GMDon’t miss Opening Day at Santa Anita on Thursday, Dec. 26 and your chance to pick up a FREE wall calendar with paid admission (or CHRB license) while supplies last. The lid-lifter at Santa Anita is one of the most-anticipated days on the California racing calendar, and this year’s opening day is no exception. OTB doors will open at 9:45am and we will be giving away Santa Anita wall calendars – one per customer – while they last.

The day after Christmas is always a stakes smorgasbord at the GRP, and this year is no exception. Here’s the stakes lineup at Santa Anita on Dec. 26:

$300,000 Malibu Stakes (G1)
$300,000 La Brea Stakes (G1)
$200,000 San Antonio Stakes (G2)
$200,000 Mathis Brothers Mile (G2-T)
$75,000 Lady of Shamrock Stakes (T)

After a Holiday break from December 16-25 during which Pleasanton OTB will be closed, we will reopen and resume our normal schedule on December 26 starting at 9:45am. Make plans to join us today by calling the front desk for Turf Club reservations at 925-426-7622.

Four Winners in Pigskin and Ponies!

12 Dec

Congratulations to our four winners in Pigskin and Ponies who successfully navigated Sunday’s Pick 4 contest to win $100 each:

Alvaro Gonzalez
Marc Lee
Mike Wickman
Eugene Wieckowski

The winning horses and teams were as follows:

Los Alamitos Race 8: #6 Queen Bee to You $7.20
Golden Gate Race 8: #6 A New Peace $9.20
Sunday Night Football: Rams 28, Seahawks 12
Monday Night Football: Eagles 23, Giants 17 (OT)

This Sunday will be your last chance to play for up to $200 until the NFL playoffs in January. This Sunday’s races and games are as follows:

Leg 1: Los Alamitos – Race 8 (3:58pm)
Leg 2: Golden Gate Fields – Race 10 (4:15pm)
Leg 3: Sunday Night Football – Bills at Steelers (5:20pm)
Leg 4: Monday Night Football – Colts at Saints (5:15pm, Monday)

Pigskin & Ponies Carries to $400

5 Dec

A 15/1 winner in Golden Gate’s nightcap last Sunday ensured nobody would have all four winners in the Pigskin & Ponies Pick 4, which means this Sunday’s prize doubles to $400. Take your FREE shot at the Pick 4 with paid admission or CHRB license this Sunday at Pleasanton OTB.

This Sunday’s races and games are as follows:

Leg 1 – Los Alamitos 8 – $100,000 Bayakoa Stakes – 3:58pm
Leg 2 – Golden Gate 8 – Maiden Special Weight – 4:15pm
Leg 3 – Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Rams – 5:20pm
Leg 4 – New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles – 5:15pm (Monday)

Pick the winner of each contest and you could win up to $400!

Los Al Kicks off Two-Week Stand Friday

5 Dec

The Southern California circuit wraps up the year with a quick seven-day meet at Los Alamitos starting this Friday, and the entry box looks pretty good so far. Here’s the average field sizes, before scratches, for this weekend’s thoroughbred cards at the Cypress, CA oval:

Friday – 8 races, 8.37 (horses per race)
Saturday – 9 races, 7.22
Sunday – 9 races, 8.11

Ironically, Saturday’s numbers are hindered a bit by the race with the week’s highest purse, the $200,000 Los Alamitos Futurity (formerly the Hollywood, then Cash Call Futurity), which has draw a field of just four. But that’s good news for local connections of Breeders’ Cup Juvenile runner-up, Anneau d’Or (9/5), who’ll earn a check for just circling the oval. However, the Blane Wright trainee has a chance to do much better than that, given the big speed figure he earned in the Juvenile while out-finishing fellow rival Wrecking Crew by 3-1/4 lengths.

That leaves the Bob Baffert-trained duo of Thousand Words (8/5) and High Velocity (5/2) as the biggest obstacles to Anneau d’Or’s getting a graded stakes victory, after following just a head short to Storm the Court in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. Thousand Words enters off a debut maiden victory while his stable mate comes in two-for-two, most recently winning the Grade III Bob Hope Stakes at Del Mar.

The Futurity is carded at the 4th of 9 races on Saturday’s card. Los Alamitos will go to post at 12:30pm.

Claiming Crown Saturday at Gulfstream

5 Dec

The “Blue Collar Breeders’ Cup” goes down Saturday with the annual running of the Claiming Crown at Gulfstream Park and we’ll have virtually the entire pack of stakes races for the claiming ranks covered at Pleasanton OTB. The yearly task of trying to decode the Claiming Crown races is a challenge, as last year’s average winning mutuel price over the eight races was $22.40 – about 10/1 odds for each winner.

Here’s the lineup we’ve got in store for you this Saturday from Gulfstream Park:

4) $110,000 Glass Slipper Stakes – 1:17pm
5) $110,000 Distaff Dash Stakes – 1:47pm
6) $110,000 Rapid Transit Stakes – 2:20pm (Rainbow 6)
7) $110,000 Canterbury Stakes – 2:52pm (Late Pick 5)
8) $110,000 Iron Horse Stakes – 3:24pm (Late Pick 4)
9) $125,000 Tiara Stakes – 3:56pm
10) $200,000 Jewel Stakes – 4:28pm
11) $125,000 Emerald Stakes – 5:00pm

Triggered by 36/1 and 14/1 winners, last year’s 50-cent Late Pick 5 returned $20,128 with the 50-cent Late Pick 4 paying $6,652. Don’t miss your shot at some great payouts on this Saturday’s Claiming Crown card at Pleasanton OTB.