Allred Offers to Run Santa Anita Race Dates at Los Alamitos
CYPRESS, CA—MARCH 6, 2019—Los Alamitos Race Course owner Ed Allred presented an offer to the California Horse Racing Board to run races at Los Alamitos Race Course in Cypress should the suspension of racing at Santa Anita Park continue for an extended period of time.
The leading Quarter Horse breeder and owner Allred said a day after Santa Anita announced it had suspended racing and training to assess the safety of its main track, that he has offered a "contingency plan" to the CHRB as well as the Thoroughbred Owners of California.
The decision to suspend racing and training indefinitely was made hours after the Dunkirk (TB) filly Lets Light The Way (TB) was fatally injured during training. She was the 21st equine fatality since the meet began Dec. 26.
Allred said Los Alamitos has a contingency plan with CHRB chairman Chuck Winner if its determined, after an analysis from consultant Dennis Moore, that the track should remain closed.
"All options are on the table, and it's a generous offer by Dr. Allred, but our hope is things don't go in that direction and the situation at Santa Anita is resolved," Winner told Bloodhorse.com on Wednesday.
Allred also indicated he'd be willing to run stakes races scheduled to be run at Santa Anita, including those important on the trail to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1), if Santa Anita is willing to do so.
The Arcadia, California track's suspension of racing has wiped out one of the most important racing days of the year in California. The March 9 race card was to inlude the grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap and Frank E. Kilroe Mile Stakes, and a pair of grade 2 races, including an important Kentucky Derby prep. The Stronach Group, Santa Anita's owner, said late Tuesday those races will be rescheduled.
"With cooperation from Santa Anita, we could run stakes if necessary," Allred said. "It's not best-case scenario, but they're big races and they've played a significant role nationally in recent years. We've had two Triple Crown winners (American Pharoah and Justify ) and a Horse of the Year (California Chrome ) stabled here, and we're very proud of that."
On Tuesday Allred also extended an offer to Santa Anita horsemen to train at Los Alamitos while Santa Anita is closed, and he said Wednesday a number of horsemen have moved or are planning to move horses from Santa Anita to the Orange County racetrack.