04/15/2016 7:01PM

Allred expresses concerns about long-term future of Los Alamitos

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CYPRESS, Calif. – Los Alamitos track owner Ed Allred sent a letter to track employees and horsemen on Friday reiterating his commitment to continue racing at the Orange County track but expressing reservations about the long-term prospects for the racecourse beyond his lifetime.

In the one-page letter, Allred mentioned several issues previously discussed in a late-March interview – that some excess land on racetrack property will be developed, that discussions continue with the cities of Cypress and Los Alamitos about long-term use of the property, and that Allred continues to support Quarter Horse racing by breeding approximately 130 horses a year.

Allred, the nation’s leading breeder of Quarter Horses, turns 80 in May. He said in an interview in late March that he plans to continue racing at Los Alamitos indefinitely, a point that he stressed in Friday’s letter.

“I am 80 years old in a few weeks,” he said. “I am well and healthy, having recovered from urologic surgery in November 2015. I continue to breed 130 Quarter Horse foals each year.

“I love what I am doing and I love [Los Alamitos Race Course] and the people who race and work here. It is my strong desire to keep Los Alamitos Race Course operational as long as horsemen support the racing program and so long as I am able to oversee the operation with the help of [track president] Cathy Monji and our devoted staff.

“It is unlikely upon my passing or serious disability that another group could be found that could acquire the track for racing purposes. It is possible, but not likely at this time, that some form of alternative gaming could change the economics of racing in a positive way, enabling California racing to thrive.”

He concluded with the message “let’s plan on 10 years and at that time reevaluate the status of my health and proceed as indicated.”

In his letter, Allred said the track is continuing to work with the cities of Cypress and Los Alamitos about long-term uses for the property, particularly acreage not vital to the existing horse-racing operation. The track is located in Cypress and adjacent to Los Alamitos.

Allred said there are 217 acres of property used for horse racing and undeveloped land formerly used for a golf course. He said 34 acres of undeveloped land was recently sold to a developer with plans for a senior housing project, and that an additional “50 to 60 acres” could be developed without disrupting the Quarter Horse program.

In an interview in late March, Allred said the value of the property makes operating a racetrack unfeasible, but that he wants to continue racing for the sake of the game.

Los Alamitos is currently running a three-week daytime Thoroughbred meeting through May 1 and will have Thoroughbred meetings in September and December. The track operates a meeting for Quarter Horses and lower-level Thoroughbreds on a year-round basis. Los Alamitos has offered stabling for approximately 800 Thoroughbreds who also race at Santa Anita and Del Mar since the closure of Hollywood Park in December 2013.

George Russell More than 1 year ago
EDWARD ALLRED is nothing short of a "Killing Machine" who has murdered hundreds of thousands of Babies. For you than don't know, "DOCTOR EDWARD ALLRED" is one of the LARGEST ABORTIONIST in the entire world !!! Just GOOGLE his name and you can see for yourself. EDWARD ALLRED kills Babies with the money he makes from the Los Alamitos Track and for you that are Pro-Life, when you spend one thin dime at Los Alamitos you are partnering with Allred to kill babies !!! PLEASE STOP betting Los Alamitos and attending that track...... PLEASE !!! Allred had the nerve to name his prize quarter horse "MOTHERLESS" !!!
Scott Benson More than 1 year ago
What the heck are you talking about. This site is about racing and not a launching point for your political and social views. Think you have the wrong site and the wrong person George. Mr. Allred allows horse racing to still be a part of California whereas others have sold their land for mini malls and residential property.
George Russell More than 1 year ago
Scott this site is for opinions and comments and mr. Allred as you call him is a killer and people should know that he does that to the unborn babies. There are many who might not go to  Los Alamitos whenthey find out who he is and what his proceeds off horse racing go to
John More than 1 year ago
It is sad the way racing is declining, year after year in California . I grew up sneaking under the fence at Los Al after English class in high school, its hard to imagine it might be gone one day !
The major problem in California that has to be changed is taking back some of the gambling provisions given to the Indian tribes. Race tracks in the mid west & east that have casinos flourish , with large purses , California has to do the same to survive !
I mean full Vegas games and sports betting . IF, Los Al is going to survive it need to build a casino and install a grass course. They miss out on too many races by not having a grass program for better quality horses .
RingForFrodo More than 1 year ago
The product is terrible at Los Al and the fairs, where the takeout is even higher than at Del Mar and Santa Anita.  Thanks to clueless leadership in California,  the perfect storm for disaster is in place for the players and racetrack operators to continue to hemmorage their losses.
Mario Vargas More than 1 year ago
After the closings of Bay Meadows, Hollywood Park and Fairplex, the horse racing scene in So. Cal maybe a thing of the past in less than a decade with the inevitable doom of Los Alamitos. The track is running on fumes anyways as their quarter horse meets haven't drawn big crowds. The track needs renovating and Allred has put enough into it with his life. The man even goes to say that the property is worth more on the sell end and that it is pointless running a race track.

The future of racing at Los Al may ride on investment firms who want to see it thrive well beyond 10 years. Sad as from time to time I visit Los Al and see it's slow decline both in attendance and quality of racing from both breeds. Time will tell.