Los Angeles County Fair officials have named Kim Lloyd to the position of Equine Manager at Fairplex. Lloyd has a long history with the equine business having served as vice president of sales at Barretts Equine Limited since 2006, a position he will retain. His first picture in a winnerís circle was as an infant in his horse trainer grandfatherís arms. Following that lead, he has trained horses in California since 1984.
As equine manager, he will oversee the annual L.A. County Fairís racing meet, horse shows and all training and inter track wagering operations conducted at Fairplex Park. There are more than 500 thoroughbreds and more than 60 trainers on a year-round basis utilizing Fairplex Parkís surface mixture of clay, sand and bark for early morning workouts. Satellite wagering provides for year-round wagering from tracks throughout Southern California and at locations in Northern California.
Fairplex is also home to Barretts Equine Limited. Opening in March 1990, the prestigious auction facility hosts four sales annually, attracting national and international buyers, and is the only facility of its kind west of the Mississippi. Barretts March Sale alone has sold more than 2,000 two-year-olds since its inaugural sale in 1990.
Horse racing has been an integral part of the annual Fair since 1933. It was the first track in Southern California to present pari-mutuel wagering when it was legalized in California in 1933. The L.A. County Fair horse racing meet traditionally ranks in the top 10 percent of all North American tracks in daily average handle. There are 17 stakes races featured during the 16-day meeting, full cards and a competitive jockey colony. The track has amassed a handle of $2,530,340,551 through its 70 seasons.
L.A. County Fair dates for 2009 present a first time Labor Day weekend opening, 23 fun-filled days and nights, Saturday, Sept. 5 through Sunday, Oct. 4. Horse racingís 16-day program will be in the spotlight Thursday, Sept. 10 through Sunday, Sept. 28. Racing is dark Tuesdays.
For more information about the Fair, horse racing or Barretts Equine Limited, visit Fairplex.com.