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Biff Lowry
Worked at Calif. Thoroughbred Breeders Assn.
Born into a family where sports/athletics/horse racing was a major focus. Wanted desparately to be a jockey as a kid, but that dream was dashed when grew up to be 6 ft. 2 in. and 185 lb. Most top race riders of my era, Shoemaker, Longden, Johnny Adams came up to my armpits and weighed under 110 lbs. Settled instead on being a track athlete, basketball player and tennis player in high school. High jumped, played water polo and was on swim team at Occidental College. Made all-conference team in water polo. Started career in horse racing at California Thoroughbred Breeder's Assn. writing for and editing monthly magazine The Thoroughbred of California. Became business manager of Naylor & Sons Farm in Riverside, CA, a 650-acre showplace that featured Calumet-bred stallions Unbelievable and Re-Armed, full brothers respectively to Citation and Armed. Next moved to race tracks, working at Santa Anita, Hollywood Park, Del Mar, Western Harness Inc. in publicity/marketing departments. Became involved in track management at Western Harness Racing Inc., before moving to Kentucky to be President and General Manager of The Red Mile racetrack and Tattersalls Horse Sales Co. In Kentucky met and married the former Katye Douglas, who among other things converted me to the Mormon faith and produced a third son. After some 15 years in Lexington, returned to Southern California to be general manager of Los Alamitos Race Course, then a quarter horse and harness horse track, near Disneyland. Wound up a five-decade career in horse racing as Asst. Gen. Mgr of Southern California Off-Track Wagering Inc. in 2000. Written three books, a history of the Queen Mother of all harness racing tracks, Lexington's Red Mile; a history of Hollywood Park, soon to fall to the developer's wrecking-ball; and an as yet unpublished book entitled Killing Phar Lap, the Australian wonder-horse who came to this continent, won one race and mysteriously died at a standardbred ranch in the San Francisco Bay Area. Still love all sports, but horse racing and swimming are standout favorites. Will never retire. People who do get old in a hurry. Still compete in Masters swimming meets and enthusiastically subscribe, at age 86, to the philosophy that your don't stop playing because you get old -- you get old because you stop playing.
Son of sportswriter Paul Lowry. Named for Stanford fullback Biff Hoffman. Graduated Eagle Rock High School, Occidental College in Los Angeles. Career in horse racing, worked at Santa Anita,Hollywood Park, Del Mar. Asst. gen. mgr. Western Harness Racing Inc., Asst. gen. mgr. Southern Calif. Offtrack Wagering, Pres. and gen. mgr. of Red Mile and Tattersalls Sales Co. in Lexington, KY. Retired in 2000. Been an asst. high school swim coach, covered swimming and horse racing for St. George Spectrum, Natl. champion master swimmer.
Bragging rights
Been married to same loving wife for 40 years,have three sons, two grandsons. Written two books. Currently working on a third.
Basic Information
Retired, but still cover horse racing and swimming for local paper
Writing, editing, swimming
  • Calif. Thoroughbred Breeders Assn.
    editor, 1950 - 1952
  • Naylor & Sons Farm
    office mgr, 1952 - 1954
  • Western Harness Racing Inc
    asst. gen. mgr, 1954 - 19568
  • Red Mile/Tattersalls
    President/Gen. Mgr, 1968 - 1981
  • Los Alamitos
    Gen. Mgr, 1981 - 1986
  • Calif. Authority Racing Fairs
    So. District Mgr, 1987 - 1991
  • So. Calif. Offtrack Wagering
    Asst. Gen. Mgr., 1992 - 2000