Representatives of Los Alamitos Race Course will make an official request for the allocation of daytime Thoroughbred race dates for 2014 and 2015 at the next meeting of the California Horse Racing Board on Thursday, September 19th.
Pending the approval by the California Horse Racing Board, Los Alamitos Race Course will conduct five weeks of first class Thoroughbred racing each year highlighted by a lucrative stakes schedule. It is anticipated that several historic and premier Hollywood Park races will be conducted as part of the meet. The five weeks of Thoroughbred racing in 2014 would be split between a two week summer meeting starting on Thursday, July 3 and ending on Sunday, July 13 and a three week winter meeting starting on Thursday, December 4 through Sunday, December 21.
“This project is being done in cooperation with Santa Anita, Del Mar and the TOC,” Los Alamitos spokesman Brad McKinzie added. “There is unlimited potential for daytime Thoroughbred racing in beautiful Orange County with the sport being showcased to a great, new fan base. This is also great for Quarter Horse racing as it will expose the breed to a whole new audience. It is important to note that while Los Alamitos currently races Thoroughbreds at distances of 4 ½ furlongs or less, this new meeting will not be limited to those distances. This will be a top meet and the plan is to attract all of the top barns from around the nation with an impressive stakes schedule, top purses in allowance races and more.”