“We need to look at all the options and put together packages that entice new people, especially youngsters, to participate. We also need to keep our focus on the welfare of the horses.”
I am owner and president of Lovco Construction, Inc., a heavy industrial contractor based in Signal Hill, Calif. I hold a civil and environmental engineering degree from U.C. Irvine. My family roots are in Oklahoma, but I was raised in Lakewood, Calif. and now live in Los Alamitos with my wife, Barbara. I also own and operate Lovacres Ranch in Warner Springs just east of Temecula, encompassing over 500 acres.
I was exposed to horses at a very early age and have always loved them. I began breeding Quarter Horses for the commercial market at a ranch I bought with my father and brother in Waco, Texas. While in Texas, I raised All American Futurity winner Streakin Flyer. After we sold that ranch, we moved our horses to Lovacres, where we now stand several Thoroughbred stallions including Awesome Gambler, Empire Way, Time To Get Even, Grace Upon Grace, Shaman Ghost, Stay Thirsty, Merit Man, and Twice the Appeal. I have raced many of my homebreds in small partnerships and campaigned 2012 Santa Anita Oaks (gr. 1) winner Willa B Awesome. Along with Grade 1 winning Willa B Awesome I have raised and raced MY Fiona (Champion Cal Bred Two year old), Lost Bus (Champion Cal Bred Three year old), and other stakes horses such as Show It and Moe It, Unhitchthetrailer, Time for Angie, Willie B Awesome and many more.
We need to take care of the people who take care of our industry, such as the breeders, the gamblers, and the owners who race the horses. We need to make sure that our fans don’t go elsewhere, such as Las Vegas, because we haven’t catered to them. We need to look at all the options and put together packages that entice new people, especially youngsters, to participate. We also need to keep our focus on the welfare of the horses.