Re: Bill Christine's story on the poor season at Hollywood Park. It missed the real reason, the disaffection and alienation of the average racing fan, a species that Mrs. Everett seems determined to get on the endangered list. She spent millions on the Pavilion of the Stars trying to attract a new upscale clientele while she let the grandstand area deteriorate.
The message to the average race-goer is: "Unless you are willing to shell out $14 ($7 per person) for the Pavilion, we don't want you." Sitting in the ever-pleasant grandstand area of Santa Anita during the last week of the winter meeting, the consensus among many of us regulars was, "Wait until Oak Tree."
Editor's note: Don Robbins, general manager of Hollywood Park, says of the track's commitment to the Pavilion of the Stars: "We don't apologize for it. The average age of regular race track clientele may be in the 60s, and one of our objectives with the Pavilion is to figure a way to appeal to the y uppie market as an investment in our future. Also, the Pavilion was built to help provide added comfort for our many elderly race fans."