Los Alamitos Withdraws Offer to Expand: ‘We Won’t be Part of a Beauty Contest’
Citing a desire to avoid a showdown with Fairplex Park and various disagreements with the California Thoroughbred Trainers regarding proposed track expansion, officials from Los Alamitos withdrew an offer to expand its racetrack to accommodate Thoroughbred racing.
According to a report in the Daily Racing Form, Brad McKinzie, a consultant with Los Alamitos indicated that discussions regarding expansion could resume if industry officials are not satisfied with Fairplex Park's proposal.
“Ed (Allred, owner of Los Alamitos) has said all along that we won't be part of a beauty contest,” McKinzie told the DRF. “They should judge Fairplex Park on its merits – stabling, the racetrack, and what it will cost. If at that time, they want to talk to Los Alamitos, I'm sure Los Alamitos will have an open mind. At this time, we won't get involved with industry infighting.”
Both Los Alamitos and Fairplex have submitted proposals for expansion, should Betfair Hollywood Park close to racing, which is expected in 2014.