Los Alamitos Bets on Racing’s Future

By OrangeCoast.com
CYPRESS, Calif. (Aug. 19, 2014) -- Here on the backside of Los Alamitos Race Course, trainers lean against the rail outside Schwanie’s Grill at the Gap, timing their mounts galloping past. The morning air is filled with the sounds of snorting horses and thudding hooves—and a sense of excited change: Among the familiar muscular quarter horses speeding past are longer, leaner thoroughbreds. And around me are some of the top trainers and jockeys on the national racing scene. Thanks to a bold gamble by track owner Ed Allred, Los Alamitos now features daytime thoroughbred racing for the first time in two decades.