Dr. Edward Allred, owner and CEO of Los Alamitos, released the following statement to media Thursday after a meeting of the California Horse Racing Board. According to The Blood-Horse‘s Jeremy Balan, the Stronach Group is moving forward with plans to put additional stalls at Santa Anita Park, apparently with the idea Los Alamitos may be developed and the stalls it has used there could become unavailable.
“There are no intentions for Los Alamitos Race Course to be developed and this venue will remain a racetrack. There could be some development on the land surrounding Los Alamitos Race Course, but this in no way will impact the year-round racing operation. My passion is for horse racing to be held at Los Alamitos Race Course and this will always be true. The track will remain open for stabling Thoroughbreds so long as we are needed.
“Santa Anita on February 1, 2018 gave the required two-year notice to terminate the stabling of Thoroughbred horses at Los Alamitos. This was done at the option of Santa Anita. Los Alamitos spent millions of dollars on a rush basis to enlarge the racetrack and provide stabling. Again, the agreement is being terminated by Santa Anita and not Los Alamitos Race Course.”
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