Los Alamitos CEO Ed Allred Issues Letter to Horsemen
The track's 2015 meet ends Sunday.
December 13, 2015
Los Alamitos Racecourse
Participants in the quarter horse racing program at Los Alamitos Race Course,
We have survived a difficult year of racing. (Not unscathed, but we made it.) We are grateful to PCQHRA and our individual owner and trainers who have helped to reestablish the integrity of racing. We still have some work to do on our overnight racing program, but our Futurity, Derby and Stakes programs have received plaudits in the Quarter Horse world.
AQHA under the leadership of President Dr. Glenn Blodgett, and Racing Director Trey Buck have essentially adopted the Los Alamitos hair follicle testing program as the standard for the AQHA Challenge series beginning in 2016. This is a very significant endorsement of our aggressive, controversial, and costly pioneering that started in late 2014.
When we announced in November 2014 the implementation of hair testing, there was a major drop off in futurity payments to the 2015 Golden State Million and the 2015 Los Alamitos 2 Million from out of state horse owners. The Los Alamitos 2 Million was on track to have a 2015 purse of 2.3 to 2.4 million, but the actual purse was $1,980,000. Out of state horsemen knew they couldn’t compete in major races in other jurisdictions without clenbuterol and its analogues and then come to California in the fall and pass the hair testing.
AQHA’s actions will make national racing on a more even playing field in 2016, although there are still a few holdouts.
Futurity payments have increased from owners east of California for the 2016 and 2017 Los Alamitos 2 Million futurities. This indicates acceptance of our clenbuterol free racing rules.
We still need help from our horsemen, particularly in the difficult period from January 1-April 15 to fill our daily racing program. Ed Reese will be interim Racing Secretary replacing the retiring veteran, Ron Church, who will be retained as a consultant. We are grateful to Ron for his devoted service during some difficult years.
Edward C. Allred
Chairman and CEO
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