06/27/2014 10:34AM

Allred selected for TOC Industry Service Award

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Dr. Edward Allred, the president and CEO of Los Alamitos Race Course, has been selected by the Thoroughbred Owners of California to receive the 2013 Ed Friendly Industry Service Award.

The award is presented annually to recognize outstanding contributions and service in the California Thoroughbred racing industry.

Allred’s insurance plan for trainers, FinishLine Self-Insurance Group, has been instrumental in reducing the burden of rising workers’ compensation rates, keeping the cost of training horses in California affordable for both Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred trainers and owners.

When the state’s Thoroughbred racing faced a shortage of stabling after the closure of Hollywood Park, Allred provided 700 Thoroughbred stalls to be used for year-round training as well as a newly expanded one-mile racetrack at Los Alamitos.

Los Alamitos will host its inaugural Thoroughbred meet July 3-13. The track will also host the L.A. County Fair dates in September that were previously held at Fairplex Park, and a three-week Thoroughbred meet in December.

“We are very pleased to honor Doc Allred with this award,” said TOC Chairman Mike Pegram. “His lifelong love of horse racing and dedication to keeping the sport alive in California have greatly benefited us all. We look forward to our newest Thoroughbred race meets at Los Alamitos.”

Allred will be recognized at TOC’s Southern California annual meeting at Del Mar on Saturday, Aug. 23.