Los Alamitos to Be Dark Feb. 6-8

Track's lighting will undergo a week-long maintenance.

Press Release

Los Alamitos will be dark February 6-8.

Los Alamitos Race Course cancelled live racing for the weekend of February 6 through 8 in order to undergo a week-long maintenance to the lighting system at the Orange County oval.

The scheduled work will have no affect on the morning training at Los Alamitos Race Course and will be complete in time for the Friday night program on February 13. There are no stakes races or trials scheduled for this weekend of racing said Ron Church, the racing secretary at Los Alamitos Race Course.   

The lighting system was originally installed by Frank Vessels Jr., in February of 1968 and was completed in time for the first summer night Quarter Horse meeting in history. On Tuesday, July 23, 1968, the lights were turned on before a record crowd of over 15,000 people. When the switch was pulled, Los Alamitos had the most brilliant lighting system for a racetrack in the country. Originally built by the contracting firm of Steiny and Mitchel, the system has over 2,000 lamps. As part of the ongoing improvements at Los Alamitos Race Course, the light bulbs will be changed as needed and the entire system will have maintenance work done by the track electricians.

“It’s been written that lights, nights and Quarter Horse racing work together nicely at Los Alamitos, and we want to make sure that our lighting system is on par with the best systems in horses racing,” Church added. 

Los Alamitos will be open for daytime simulcasting over the entire weekend, plus nighttime simulcasting of harness racing from Cal Expo and Australia racing in the grandstand building on Saturday, February 7 and Sunday, February 8. Los Alamitos will be dark for simulcasting on Friday night. In addition, Los Alamitos will offer free admission after 4 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday night. For more information, please call 714-820-2690.

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