Ed Burgart to Remain as Racecaller at Los Alamitos Through 2019

The longtime track announcer has reached an agreement to stay on another year.

Edited press release

Ed Burgart took over as track announcer at Los Alamitos Racecourse in 1981, after the retirement of Bobby Doyle. PHOTO: Los Alamitos Racecourse

Ed Burgart, the voice of Los Alamitos Racecourse since 1981, will continue as the track announcer for the night racing action here through the end of 2019 calendar year, he announced during a live interview on Saturday night’s “The Quarters” show on TVG.  

“I had a great conversation with (Los Alamitos owner) Ed Allred, and I’ve signed an agreement to remain here for another year,” Burgart said. “I’ll take time off during most of February, March and September. With the extra time off, my wife, Marsha, and I will be able to travel a little more, but I’ll still be able to call the majority of the big Quarter Horse races here.” 

Burgart, who will also continue to serve as Los Alamitos' morning-line maker, is one of the nation's leading ambassadors of Quarter Horse racing. He became the voice of Los Alamitos after the retirement of longtime track announcer Bobby Doyle.

Thirty-eight years later, Burgart is widely regarded as the top Quarter Horse racing announcer in the country and the sport’s premier Quarter Horse racing handicapper. He’s also one of the most trusted sources of Quarter Horse racing information through his Twitter handle @qheddie.  

“What did it for me was California Breeders Champions Night and all of those great horse and big races,” Burgart added. “I really love the sport, and I’m looking forward to being here another year. I also have to credit and thank Marsha. We had a long conversation and we agreed for me to do this.”

Burgart, 66, will also continue to provide his commentary in the nightly Los Alamitos racing program. Burgart is also the on-air satellite broadcast analyst during the track’s daytime Thoroughbred meets.

A graduate of UCLA with a bachelor in Political Science, Burgart began his employment at Los Alamitos Racecourse in 1977 as the radio-TV coordinator for the track. His first duties included broadcasting race results to various radio stations, including KNX, and coordinating interviews of Quarter Horse personalities with various racing media. In 1978, Burgart began publishing the Quarter Horse Report, a handicapping publication sold at Los Alamitos during the Quarter Horse racing season.

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