Los Alamitos Racecourse

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Los Alamitos Racecourse

Los Alamitos Racecourse is a horse-racing track in Cypress, California, United States. It opened in 1951, at Katella Avenue.

History of Los Alamitos Racecourse

1920 – Frank Vessels, Sr. is the man who founded Los Alamitos Race Course and is also the patriarch of the fabled Vessels family. He began with only $19 going to California from Kentucky in 1920, and after nearly three decades of perseverance, he began building a small company that specialized in making drilling platforms for the oil business. Then after 20 years, he finally had sufficient money to construct a racetrack on a portion of his 435-acre Orange County ranch.

1951 – the first pari-mutuel meeting occurred, and the 11-day affair was pelted by constant rain on the day the track was opened. The damage caused by the rain challenged the perseverance of Frank Sr. along with his wife, Grace, his son Frank Jr., and his son’s wife, Millie, again.

1955 – The first quarter horse superstar, a rugged roan 2-year-old named Go Man Go, came to Los Alamitos. His appearances drew notice from fans and sportswriters who had never heard of Quarter Horse racing or Los Alamitos Race Course. Huge crowds would gather at Los Alamitos on the days Go Man Go would race and chant his name as he drew away to victory after victory.

1990 – The track was owned and operated by a member of the Vessels family for 35 years. However, in the mid-1980s, the track had been passed with different owners; not until 1990 when Ed Allred became the sole owner of Los Alamitos Race Course.

1995 – Under Allred’s leadership, he added The Vessels Club, an $8 million Turf Club named in honor of the founding family of the track, which opened on December 1995. The Vessels Club has earned an award for being Southern California’s top sports park restaurant.

2013 – The Hollywood Park closed in December 2013, while Los Alamitos gained Thoroughbred racing dates formerly ran in Inglewood, Calif.

2014 – The Los Alamitos track was expanded to 1 mile (1.6 km) and hosted two Thoroughbreds-only meets.

Track Details and Other Facilities

Track Details

  • 🐎Dirt Track
    • The track distance is 5/8 mile.
    • The length of the stretch is 1,380 feet.
    • It features a 100-foot-wide final straightaway, a 100-foot-wide first turn, and an 85-foot-wide home turn.

Other Facilities

  • 🐎Stable
    • The barn can stable 1,500 horses.
  • 🐎First floor & Grandstand
    • Concession stands are available throughout the grandstands and general property
  • 🐎Gift Shop
    • The only shop in the racetrack.
    • It is located in the Vessels Club.
    • It is open during live racing days, every Friday to Sunday evenings.
  • 🐎Vessels Club
    • It is located on the top level of the Los Alamitos Grandstand and over the course finish line for ultimate viewing. 
    • Finish Line Room
      • A private group area within the Vessels Club that can accommodate up to 300 people.
      • Live music offerings are sometimes available, or guests can use the venue for larger parties and get-togethers.
    • The Grand View Terrace
      • It is in the Vessels Club and features a panoramic view of the track.
      • Each table has a 20-inch flatscreen TV.
    • Admission
      • Patrons are allowed free of charge approximately one hour before the night’s last post.
      • Children 17 years old and younger are also allowed to enter for free.
      • Food and drinks are not allowed upon entry.
    • Dress Code
      • Ladies (including children): Appropriate attire is required. Suits, pantsuits, or daytime dresses are preferred. Dress jeans may be acceptable only if worn with a well-tailored sport coat. Tee shirts, shorts, jogging or exercise clothes, or athletic-type shoes are prohibited.
      • Gentlemen (including children): Appropriate attire is required. Suits, sports coats, and dress shoes are preferred. Dress jeans may be acceptable only if worn with a well-tailored sport coat. Collared golf shirts may be acceptable if cleaned, tucked in, and stylish. Tee shirts, shorts, baseball caps, canvas, or athletic shoes are prohibited.
  • 🐎Parking and Programs
    • Free general Parking
    • Preferred Parking $5.00
  • 🐎 Burgart’s
    • It is named in honor of Los Alamitos Racecourse’s legendary track announcer Ed Burgart, who retired at the end of the 2019 racing season
    • Open Hours
      • It is open Friday to Saturday (Daytime)
      • Saturday & Sunday (Nighttime)
    • It has 60 HDTVs, Pool tables, and TouchTunes Jukebox.
    • Admission
      • Admission 10$ and free after last night’s race
      • Free Admission on racing nights after 10:00 pm
    • Dress Code: Casual
  • 🐎Schwanie’s Grill At The Gap
    • The restaurant was inaugurated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in the Fall of 2000 and is named in honor of Blane Schvaneveldt, a training legend at Los Alamitos.
    • The hallway features colorful photographs of Schvaneveldt’s memorable stakes wins with jockeys like Robert “The Master” Adair and Ralph Pauline.
    • The room also features TVs and self-service wagering machines
    • It features a patio-style deck where fans can enjoy all the sounds and sights of horse racing in the early morning.

Race Schedule and Major Events & Races

Los Alamitos Race Track Schedule

  • 🐎General Information
    • It hosts Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred Racing.
    • In the summer, from June to July
    • In the winter are a few weeks in December
    • In Autumn, every September
      • Simulcast Schedule
      • Monday to Thursday at 10:00 am.
      • Friday to Sunday at 9:30 am.
  • 🐎Specific Race Dates for 2023
    • Race Dates QH Meet – December 31, 2022, to December 17, 2023
    • Race Dates TB Meet – Summer Meet: Los Alamitos (LA County Fair)-June 21 to July 11
    • Autumn Meet: September 13 to 26
    • Winter Meet: December 6 to 19
    • Daily Racing: Racing is held Saturdays and Sundays.
    • Approximate Live Post Times – Saturday 6:00 pm and Sunday 5:30 pm.

Graded Events

  • Grade I 
      • 🐎Starlet Stakes
  • Grade II
      • 🐎Great Lady M. Stakes
      • 🐎Los Alamitos Futurity
  • Grade III
      • 🐎Los Alamitos Derby
      • 🐎Bayakoa Stakes

Location and Access to the Racecourse

  • Los Alamitos Racecourse is located on Katella Ave., 2 miles east of the 605 Freeway in Los Alamitos.
  • It offers wheelchair assistance.
  • Admission
    • Grandstand Admission $3.00
    • $2 admission to everyone 62 or older.
    • Free for Active Military with ID


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Los Alamitos Racecourse

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