Construction is continuing on the track extension project at Los Alamitos Race Course (LARC) in Cypress. The project, which will increase the track’s length from 5/8 to a full mile, will allow thoroughbred horse racing at the 65-year-old race course.
The California Horse Racing Board had previously approved thoroughbred racing at LARC at their meeting on Sept. 19. The racing dates requested by LARC were for Jul. 3-13 and Dec. 4-21, 2013; and Jul. 2-12 and Dec. 3-20, 2014.
Work on the project began the day after the Cypress City Council unanimously approved the Conditional Use Permit for the extension. Despite minor concerns about potential traffic, no one opposed the project during the public hearing at the Dec. 8 meeting of the City Council. Indeed, members of the Council expressed hope that the LARC expansion would bring more money to Cypress and the surrounding areas, while maintaining the open areas in the city.
There are no new buildings or structures being added for the project, aside from an extension of a wrought-iron fence on the north side of the property. The lake currently on the west side of the track will be reshaped, allowing the newly-extended track to go around it. LARC also wanted to reassure nearby residents that they will not be adding any new lighting or sound systems.
LARC expects the project to be completed over the course of six weeks, allowing thoroughbreds to begin training on the new track in late January. In the meantime, quarter horse racing will not be affected by the construction or the forthcoming thoroughbred racing later in the year.
For more information about the Los Alamitos Race Course expansion project, visit their website at www.losalamitos.com.
Construction work continues on the LARC track extension. Photo courtesy of Los Alamitos Race Course.