Former Los Al Owner Lloyd Arnold Dies

Lloyd Arnold, a former co-owner of Los Alamitos, dies.

January 11, 2012

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Lloyd Arnold, 83, a longtime Standardbred owner and former co-owner of Los Alamitos Race Course, died Sunday in La Quinta, California. He had cancer.

Arnold became co-owner of Los Alamitos Race Course in 1989 after paying $72 million to Hollywood Park Realty Enterprises. He promoted harness racing through his organization, the Los Alamitos Racing Assn., until retiring as racetrack operator in 1992. He would eventually sell his share of Los Alamitos Race Course to current sole track owner Ed Allred.

“I first met Lloyd around 1980,” Allred said. “We did not know each other and came from different sports and had interests, often with crossed purposes. Once we got to know each other we developed a great relationship based on track co-operation, trust and getting to understand one another. We had a very successful and great relationship. I saw Lloyd two weeks ago and (former track owner) Chris Bardis and I were on our way to seeing him again when we heard the news of his passing. We were only a half hour away from Lloyd’s place. He was a great man.”

“After Lloyd bought Los Alamitos from Hollywood Park within weeks he encountered some issues. R.D. Hubbard and I made an offer to buy half interest of the track. I bought out R.D. Hubbard after he decided to pursue his interests in buying Hollywood Park. I eventually bought 25 percent of the track from Lloyd. When Chris Bardis took a position with the California Horse Racing Board I bought his 25 percent of Los Alamitos to become the sole owner.”

Arnold and Allred co-owned the world champion mare pacer Sanabelle Island, who won $1.5 million in her harness racing career.
Originally the owner of Arnold Cattle Co. in Iowa, Arnold raced hundreds of horses in Illinois and across the Midwest throughout the 1960s and early 1970s.

During that era, Arnold raced Standardbred horses like Warm Breeze, who earned more than $250,000 in two seasons of racing in the mid-1970s, and Dancing David, who earned more than $200,000 in the 1960s. Warm Breeze took Arnold to harness racing’s pinnacle for the first time when he set the all-age world record at Golden Bear Raceway, a track Mr. Arnold operated in Sacramento, California.

Arnold enjoyed personal honors in 2001 when he was feted by the Delaware Sportswriters and Broadcasters at their annual awards dinner and also received the Owner of the Year Award from the U.S. Harness Writers’ Association.

He is survived by his wife of 15 years, Sylvia; his children from his first marriage, daughter Cindy Farruggio of Yardley, Pa., and son Doug of Fairfield, Iowa; three stepchildren, 14 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, a sister and a brother. His first wife, Nancy, died in 1996.

A celebration of his life will take place Thursday at 1 p.m. at Forest Lawn Mortuary, 96855 Ramon Road, Cathedral City.