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LOS ALAMITOS : Handicappers Get a Chance to Test Skills

The No. 1 quarter-horse handicapper in Southern California will be decided on June 15 and 16 at Los Alamitos when the track hosts the first World’s Greatest Quarter Horse Handicapping Contest.

In addition to receiving 55% of the estimated $25,000 purse, the winner also receives a guaranteed spot at the World Series of Handicapping at Penn National.

Each contestant in the event opens with a $1,500 mythical bankroll. The handicapper with the biggest bankroll after the last race on June 16 is declared the winner. The contest pays to five places; only 250 handicappers will be accepted.

Purse distribution will be 55% to the winner, 20% for second, 12% for third, 8% for fourth and 5% for fifth.

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The deadline for entries is June 14. If entries exceed 250, there will be a drawing to determine the entrants. Entry fees will be refunded if a player does not draw in.

Contestants will be allowed to wager win, place, show and exactas. They can wager as much as is in their bankroll. All payoffs will be computed at actual track odds.

For more information, contact the Los Alamitos Special Events Department at (714) 995-1234 or (213) 431-1361.

I Hear Ya Midge puts his undefeated race record this year on the line Wednesday night at Los Alamitos facing eight veteran sprinters at the classic quarter-mile distance.

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The allowance feature goes as the 10th race on the program.

I Hear Ya Midge, son of thoroughbred Reb’s Policy, has yet to be beaten in three trips to the gate. Each of the 4-year-old gelding’s victories has come in wire-to-wire fashion.

Heavenly Saint and Queens Delegate are the two likely choices to upset I Hear Ya Midge.

The complete lineup for Wednesday night’s feature: Gambling Sage (Jesse Godinez), Nuevo Fortuna (James Lackey), Heavenly Saint (Jim Lewis), I Hear Ya Midge (Carlos Aguilar), Sarawak Wings (Alvin Brossette), Doctor Dobbs (Danny Cardoza), Thunder Child (Kip Didericksen), Queens Delegate (Bruce Pilkenton) and Mr. Double Bunny (Eddie Garcia).

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