07/25/2002 11:00PM

L.A. Fair may again seek move


DEL MAR, Calif. - For the second consecutive year, the Los Angeles County Fair may ask the California Horse Racing Board for permission to relocate its 2003 race meeting away from Fairplex Park in Pomona, track officials told the board's dates committee on Friday.

Earlier this year, Fairplex Park asked the board for permission to move its September meeting from Pomona to Santa Anita. The request was denied by the board in late June.

The 2003 California calender will have minor changes. In the fall, Oak Tree at Santa Anita will run a six-week meet that includes the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships on Oct. 25. Hollywood Park will have a five-week fall meeting that ends on Dec. 21, leaving a four-day break before the start of the 2003-2004 Santa Anita meeting.

In northern California, Golden Gate Fields will run from Dec. 26, 2002, through the end of March and in November and December. Bay Meadows will run from April 2 to June 15 and from Aug. 29 to Nov. 2, interrupted by the California fair circuit. John Harris, a board member, said he expects the 2003 calender to be approved by the full board in September.