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Funding from public or private sources and a lead time of approximately a year will be needed for Fairplex Park or Los Alamitos to expand its property to accommodate Thoroughbred racing and training, the board of directors of the California Thoroughbred Trainers was told on Wednesday.
Fairplex Park has proposed a $15 million project that would expand its current five-eighths of a mile main track to six furlongs, widen the turns on the main track, and construct a five-furlong turf course on its infield. Los Alamitos has proposed a $12 million project that would include the expansion of its main track from five-eighths of a mile to 7 1/4 furlongs - just short of a mile - construction of 700 new stalls, and the use of existing stalls to accommodate stabling. Currently, there is no plan for a turf course.
In addition, Los Alamitos owner Ed Allred will not fund the proposed expansion and does not plan to operate any Thoroughbred meets. Instead, outside investors would be required to finance the expansion and would operate race meetings. Los Alamitos is proposing that when Thoroughbred racing is held at that track, nighttime Quarter Horse racing will be suspended during those weeks and three Quarter Horses races will be run daily at the end of each Thoroughbred program.
http://www.drf.com/news/fairplex-and-lo ... d-trainers
The Fairplex plan sounds like a complete joke and the Los Al plan ain't a whole lot better.
Agree the Fairplex plan is laughable, at best, but the Los Al plan is doable.
Just wonder what would happen to Turf horses during the Los Al TB meet? Maybe a few "all-turf" cards at Santa Anita?
6 Furlong turf course ? The horses will get dizzy at a mile and over.
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Cant wait to start Handicapping those two turn 5 furlong turf races at Fairplex Or better yet maybe they will just run "sprint" races on turf at @2.5 furlongs around one turn.
I love turf racing and the sprints.
We need a "California Downs" turf-only course somewhere? How much could it cost? Ky Downs just found a pasture and put up some fence and a finish-line camera. Ship-in only.
Who in here really thinks BetFair will close down this year?
If you do, please PM me because I have some unclaimed land in Alaska to sell you below cost.
There will be delays, protests, more delays, more protests, etc, etc, etc, enabling BetFair to run for at least 7 more years.
I guarantee it.
Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.
Avatar: My cuzin Isaac Murphy - a jock I'm tying to emulate in character and winning percentage - almost 47% lifetime.
As you know I visited Ky Downs last summer on a non racing day.Your right, its in the middle of this huge rolling pasture.The grandstand and clubhouse is smaller than Fairplex. Looks like a
great place for live racing. The odd thing was the finish line is at least 60+ yds past the clubhouse almost to the beginning of the 1st turn. I don't know who makes the sam machines they use
but the are the best I have ever experienced.
From what I understand it is likely that the will be closed in 2014. I hope the stay open. They are way way under appreciated.
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