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Los Alamitos announces "dark weekend," February 6-8

January 17, 2015     E-mail this page to a friend!

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

The scheduled work will have no effect on the morning training at Los Alamitos Race Course and will be complete in time for Friday, February 13, evening racing.

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 more than 15,000 fans. 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.

Its 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, said Ron Church, the racing secretary at Los Alamitos Race Course.

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 4:00 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday night. For more information, please call 714-820-2690.