City of Cypress

5275 Orange Avenue ~ Cypress, CA 90630 ~ 714-229-6700

Los Alamitos Race Course Barn Expansion Project

This Page Updated: 4-17-14

Negative Declaration
Notice of Intent to File a Negative Declaration
Initial Study

Extension of the Los Alamitos Race Course to Allow Thoroughbred Racing

Documents related to the Los Alamitos Race Course Extension Project

Welcome to the "Project Page" for the proposed extension of the Los Alamitos Race Course property from five eights mile to one mile in length. The extension project is to allow for thoroughbred racing up to twenty days a year during July and December.

If you have questions or comments concerning the project, you may submit them to the City at the following email address: LARTExtension@ci.cypress.ca.us. City staff will respond to project inquiries received.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is being proposed for the site? - The proposed project consists of: (1) the extension of the physical race track from five-eighths of a mile to one-mile in length, (2) the alteration of the shape and location of the existing lake, (3) potential thoroughbred racing for 20 days each year, 4), the training of thoroughbred horses, 5) relocation of the existing camera tower, and (6) extension of the existing corrugated metal fence located north of the existing race track, approximately 1,100 feet to the west.

2. When will the thoroughbred racing occur? - The existing racing schedule at the LARC would be modified to add an option for thoroughbred racing up to 20 days each year. The thoroughbred racing would occur on Thursday through Sunday during the first two weeks of July and the first three weeks of December. The first race would start at 1:00 p.m. and the last post would occur between 5:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., depending on the time of year, so that the last race would conclude in daylight. The live thoroughbred racing would take place on the same days, and at the same times, that the race track is currently open for quarter horse racing and simulcast thoroughbred racing at Hollywood Park. The race track would continue to be used for training throughout the year, for quarter horses and thoroughbreds.

3. Will additional lighting be added as part of the project? - No, the thoroughbred racing would occur only during the daylight hours and therefore, no additional lighting is proposed for the project.

4. What type of Environmental Analysis will be conducted for the project? - In accordance with the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), an Initial Study/Environmental Checklist was prepared for the project. The Initial Study concluded that the proposed project would not have a significant effect on the environment and a Mitigated Negative Declaration will be filed for the project. The Initial Study and Mitigated Negative Declaration are available for review on the City's website at: http://www.ci.cypress.ca.us/community_develpmnt/enviromental_notices.htm.