11/21/2013 10:02AM

Santa Anita taps Dennis Moore to be track superintendent


Dennis Moore has joined Santa Anita as track superintendent, a position he also holds at Betfair Hollywood Park and Los Alamitos.
Moore, 63, joined Santa Anita, effective immediately, the track announced on Wednesday evening.

The announcement will give Moore a vital role in the maintenance of the two racetracks that will hold the bulk of racing dates at Los Angeles tracks in 2014 – Santa Anita and Los Alamitos. Hollywood Park is closing permanently after the current meeting ends on Dec. 22.

Moore will oversee the daily maintenance of Santa Anita when the track has a six-month meeting from Dec. 26 to late June of next year and its fall meeting from late September to early November, which will include the Breeders’ Cup races.

In addition, Moore will oversee the expansion of Los Alamitos to accommodate Thoroughbred racing for brief meetings next July and December. Los Alamitos has a five-eighth-mile track, which is being scheduled to be expanded to just less than a mile.

Richard Tedesco served as Santa Anita’s track superintendent from 2007 to 2011 before resigning to take a similar position at Del Mar. Since then, racetrack maintenance has been under the direction of Ted Malloy, a Florida-based track consultant for Santa Anita’s parent company, the Stronach Group