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.

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