L.A. COUNTY FAIR : Fairplex Ready for 19-Day Meeting

From Times Wire Services

The 52nd season of racing at the Los Angeles County Fair commences Thursday afternoon at Fairplex Park in Pomona with a 13-race card. The first post is at 12:30 p.m.

Included on the opening-day offering is one appaloosa event, three for quarter horses and nine thoroughbred races.

The Pick Six commences with the fifth race, the first of the thoroughbred events.

Two daily doubles will be offered daily through the 19-day meet, which runs through Oct. 1.

Races 5 and 6 will be the early double, with the day's final two races the late double. A triple, on races 9 through 11, will be offered daily.

There will be $5 exacta wagering on all races except the fifth.

The day's most lucrative event is the $50,000-added Foothill Stakes, which will be the 12th race on the card. The 6 1/2-furlong dash lured a full field of 10 and offers a purse of $50,000-added.

Last year's tri-champion jockeys at Fairplex Park--Corey Black, David Flores and Martin Pedroza--are set to ride in the Foothill. Black is aboard Cove Way, Flores will ride Pass the Blame and Pedroza is on Candyman Bee.

The lineup, in post position order with jockeys and weights: Due to the King, Julio Garcia, 122 pounds; Sharp Event, Ray Sibille, 114; Gate Flyer, Paul Nicolo, 114; Gundaghia, Corey Nakatani, 122; Devine Force, Frank Olivares, 114; Candyman Bee, 114; Cordial Steppe, Danny Sorenson, 114; Pass the Blame, 122; Cove Way, 122, and Black Czaravich, Kent Desormeaux, 114.

The 10th race is the $40,000-added Bustles and Bows Stakes for juvenile fillies at 6 1/2 furlongs.

The first running of the $15,000-added First Down Dash, honoring one of the greatest quarter horses of all time, is the afternoon's fourth event. Ten passed the entry box for the 350-yard sprint.

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