Ed Burgart, the voice of Los Alamitos Race Course, 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 Ed Allred, the owner of Los Alamitos Race Course, and I've signed an agreement to remain here for another year,” Ed 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, one of the leading ambassadors of Quarter Horse racing in the nation, became the voice of Los Alamitos in 1981 after the retirement of legendary race caller 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 my wife, Marsha. We had a long conversation and we agreed for me to do this.”
Burgart, 66, will also remain as the morning-line maker at Los Alamitos Race Course and will 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 Race Course 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.
Live nighttime racing continues at Los Alamitos on a Friday thru Sunday schedule until December 16. The track will host a daytime Thoroughbred meet starting on Thursday, September 6 thru September 23.
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