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Los Alamitos Race Course is a horse racing track in Cypress, California. The track hosts both thoroughbred and quarter horse racing. The track has the distinction of holding four quarter horse stakes races with purses over $1 million, more than any other track in the United States.
4961 KATELLA AVE, CYPRESS, CA 90720
714 820-280


What started out as informal match races on the Vessels Ranch in 1947 has grown into year-round Quarter Horse racing in California. Frank Vessels, Sr., the patriarch of the fabled Vessels family and the man who founded Los Alamitos Race Course, came to California from Kentucky in 1920 with exactly $19 in his pocket. After nearly three decades of struggling, Vessels started a small construction company that specialized in building drilling platforms for the oil business. After 20 years with his own construction company, Vessels had the money to chase what had become a dream for the Kentucky native - he decided to build a racetrack on a portion of his 435-acre Orange County ranch.

For the first 35 years in the history of Los Alamitos there was one constant - the track was owned and operated by a member of the Vessels family. However, in the mid 1980s the track would undergo some tumultuous times as ownership of Los Alamitos passed to new hands. It was not until 1990 that those rocky times ended when a man very familiar with the history of the track came forward to become a part of the history of the track.

When Ed Allred first came to Los Alamitos Race Course in 1956 it is a sure thing that hardly anyone gave the then law student any attention. The only reason Allred was at the track was because he had read that the Allred Brothers were racing horses at Los Alamitos that day. While the Allred Brothers were no relation, that first trip to Los Alamitos began a Quarter Horse love affair for Allred. Now, some 50 years later, he is not only the leading breeder in the Quarter Horse sport; he is the sole owner of Los Alamitos Race Course.


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