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September 25, 1991 | STEVE ANDERSEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Los Alamitos officials have proposed 1992 racing dates that would shorten the current quarter horse meeting but provide quarter horse racing at Hollywood Park for the first time since 1987. The proposal was presented Monday to a California Horse Racing Board Committee. It asks for 32 weeks of quarter horse racing, 43 weeks of harness racing and three weeks of thoroughbred and quarter horse fair racing. Under the plan, quarter horse racing would end at Los Alamitos on Jan. 18 instead of Feb. 8.
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April 24, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
Santa Anita Park plans to hold twilight horse racing on most Fridays, with a first post time of 3 p.m., during its 40-day spring meet that starts Friday. One exception to the new Friday schedule is May 2, on the eve of the Kentucky Derby, when Santa Anita's first race will go off at 12:30 p.m. In the past, Santa Anita's winter meet that begins the day after Christmas had ended in April. But when Hollywood Park in Inglewood closed last year, its racing dates were picked up by Santa Anita and other Southern California tracks.
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November 30, 2009 | Eric Sondheimer
They waved "Girl Power" posters. They sought autographs from the jockey, trainer and owner. And they cheered loudly as the queen of thoroughbred racing in California, the unbeaten Zenyatta, made an encore appearance Sunday at Hollywood Park in appreciation of her adoring fans. The 5-year-old mare who's 14 for 14 in her racing career and headed for retirement in Kentucky was paraded up and down the stretch after the seventh race before 9,814 people, the largest crowd of the 27-day autumn meeting.
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April 11, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
Santa Anita Park said it plans to offer free weekend admission to its infield area starting April 26 and lasting through the end of its current meet June 29. The legendary horse-racing track in Arcadia also said it would offer free parking in the north parking lot at Gate 6, which provides access to the infield area. General admission currently costs $5, and parking is $4. During the promotion, fans can cross from the infield area to the grandstand area for $5. The moves are aimed at helping reverse a steady decline in attendance at Santa Anita (and many other tracks nationwide)
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November 3, 2010 | Eric Sondheimer
The $750,000 CashCall Futurity, $250,000 Hollywood Turf Cup, $250,000 Matriarch, $250,000 Hollywood Derby and $250,000 Hollywood Starlet highlight a 31-day meet. Turf races and two championship races for 2-year-olds highlight the 31-day Hollywood Park autumn meet, which begins with a Thursday card at 7:05 p.m. There will be five Grade I events, three on the turf, for a meet that concludes Dec. 19. There are also early post times Friday and Saturday, 12:15 p.m. and 11:15 a.m., for the Breeders' Cup being held in Kentucky.
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December 22, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer and Eric Sondheimer
After 75 years, Hollywood Park will host its final races Sunday before closing for good. Eleven races are scheduled for the track's final day, beginning at 12:30 p.m. and ending with the $200,000 King Glorious Stakes for 2-year-olds. The Inglewood racetrack, where Seabiscuit won the inaugural running of the Hollywood Gold Cup, has seen some of the greatest thoroughbreds in history race -- Citation, Swaps, Ack Ack, Native Diver, John Henry, Landaluce and Zenyatta, among them. PHOTOS: The long goodbye Formed in 1938 under the chairmanship of Jack L. Warner, of the Warner Bros.
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May 19, 2000 | BILL CHRISTINE
According to backstretch reports, trainer Bob Baffert's barn at Hollywood Park was searched Thursday by investigators for the California Horse Racing Board. Neither a board spokesman nor Baffert would confirm the search. Baffert is at Pimlico in Baltimore, preparing Captain Steve to run in Saturday's Preakness. "I have no comment about that," Baffert said when asked about the search.
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May 16, 2009 | Staff And Wire Reports
Hollywood Park will switch from a five-day to a four-day racing week effective immediately, with no racing Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, under a plan approved Friday by the California Horse Racing Board. Live racing will be conducted Thursdays through Sundays with the exception of a special Memorial Day program on Monday, May 25. The track was put in the embarrassing position last month of having to cancel a Thursday race card because there were not enough horses for eight races.
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April 26, 2012 | By Eric Sondheimer
The Hollywood Park spring-summer meeting began Thursday with a dramatic finish in the featured $72,350 Harry Henson Stakes for 3-year-olds going six furlongs. American Act, under jockey Rafael Bejarano, rallied from last in a field of six and, after badly drifting to the outside entering the stretch, came on to win by a nose over Senor Rain in a race switched to the cushion track from the turf because of rain. "He never showed signs of doing anything like that before," trainer Jack Carava said.
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December 18, 1991 | BILL CHRISTINE
Rick Henson, general manager of Hollywood Park, is leaving the track to take a similar position with the Woodlands, a horse-greyhound track in Kansas City, Kan. R.D. Hubbard, chief executive officer of Hollywood Park, also operates the Woodlands. Rick Baedeker, who has been general manager of the Woodlands, is joining Hollywood Park as vice president of marketing.
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March 9, 2014 | Kate Linthicum
Archaeologist Lynn Swartz Dodd has excavated ancient sites in Egypt and Turkey. Her colleague Tom Garrison runs a dig site of Maya ruins in Guatemala. On Saturday they descended into a trench outside the former Hollywood Park racetrack in Inglewood to explore some more recent history. They were looking for the remains of a legendary racehorse. Native Diver was a wild-eyed black colt so fast and so beloved that when he died in 1967, he was buried at his hometown track. An elaborate stone memorial marks the grave, a testament to a bygone era when horses and their owners were national celebrities, and when tens of thousands of fans packed the stands of Hollywood Park to cheer on their favorite steed.
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February 1, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
For the last 19 years, for many Southland football fans, Super Bowl Sunday has also been Super Strange Sunday. It is the one day of the year, maybe the only day of the year, when it feels truly odd and isolating that Los Angeles does not have an NFL team. It can be disenchanting to watch America's biggest sporting event while realizing that America's second-largest city, your city, doesn't have a chance to be in that game. None of the Denver Broncos or Seattle Seahawks ever played for your pro team, or played against your pro team, or even played a pro game in your city.
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January 30, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
The owner of the St. Louis Rams has bought a large piece of land in Inglewood that potentially could be used for an NFL stadium, multiple individuals with knowledge of the transaction have told The Times. Within the last month, billionaire Stan Kroenke bought a 60-acre parking lot located between the Forum and Hollywood Park, according to individuals who spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak on behalf of the buyer or seller. Wal-Mart originally owned the land but sold it after failing to get public approval for a superstore.
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January 24, 2014 | By Nita Lelyveld
If you have memories of a place that stretch over a lifetime - from when you were a kid there to when you brought your kids and then their kids - it's hard to go back and see it empty and unloved, the flowers unwatered and dead, dust coating the floors and the benches. It all happened so quickly at Hollywood Park, where thoroughbreds last thundered down the track just a month ago. Now, with that day's racing slips still scattered about the stands, everything that can be removed is being sold off: the ticket booths, the Jumbotron, the jockeys' impossibly small, narrow bunk beds.
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December 26, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Santa Anita Park couldn't have ordered up nicer weather Thursday for the traditional day-after-Christmas start to its winter/spring meeting. "We always come to opening day," said Virginia Derossi of Manhattan Beach as she and her family basked in 80-degree sunshine next to the paddock area. "It's just our holiday tradition. " For horse racing fans, Santa Anita's opening - which drew a healthy 30,540 spectators - also was a welcome antidote to the final race Sunday at the 75-year-old Betfair Hollywood Park track, which is set to close.
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December 25, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
There's no denying the increased responsibilities being placed on Santa Anita as it opens its 77th winter/spring meeting Thursday. With the permanent closing of Hollywood Park, the Arcadia track takes on the expanded role of primary proponent for horse racing in Southern California. Track President George Haines said Santa Anita is ready to embrace the challenges. "What we hope to accomplish is the finest racing program in the United States," Haines said. "We have the opportunity to race in the months that have traditionally much better weather.
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November 27, 2009
It's the biggest weekend of the 27-day Hollywood Park meeting, with three Grade I stakes as part of the track's three-day turf festival, culminating on Sunday when unbeaten Zenyatta will make an appearance after the seventh race, allowing fans to salute her before she heads off for retirement in Kentucky and breeding duties. The $300,000 Citation Handicap starts off the weekend festivities today at 1 1/16 miles on the turf, followed on Saturday by the $300,000 Matriarch Stakes at one mile on the turf.
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December 20, 2009 | By John Cherwa
Some days are better than others. And then there was Bob Baffert's day at Hollywood Park. The Hall of Fame trainer, known for his coiffed white hair and clever banter, not only won Saturday's $750,000 CashCall Futurity with a horse that has to be considered a serious Kentucky Derby contender, but he won three other races. And all with 2-year-olds. It was the first time Baffert has ever won four races in one day at Hollywood Park. And you have to go back to his days a lifetime ago as a quarter horse trainer when he won four races with 2-year-olds.
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December 22, 2013 | By David Wharton
The bugler in his green coat and top hat tried to sound upbeat as he blew the traditional "Call to Post," but he might just as well have been playing a dirge. Down by the rail, Todd Matzner listened with a cigar stub clamped between his teeth. "I wasn't going to miss this, no way," the horse racing die-hard said. "Even if it's kind of sad. " Sunday marked the last gasp for Betfair Hollywood Park, a 75-year-old racetrack that had once been a sparkling jewel of the city. The Inglewood landmark, which has fallen victim to declining revenue industrywide, will have its grandstand razed and its racing ovals dug up. Shops, offices and residential units are planned for the spot where fans once cheered for horses such as Seabiscuit and Zenyatta, not to mention renowned jockeys Bill Shoemaker and Laffit Pincay Jr. "The track's closure is a major loss," said Alex Waldrop, president and chief executive of the National Thoroughbred Racing Assn.
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December 22, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer and Eric Sondheimer
After 75 years, Hollywood Park will host its final races Sunday before closing for good. Eleven races are scheduled for the track's final day, beginning at 12:30 p.m. and ending with the $200,000 King Glorious Stakes for 2-year-olds. The Inglewood racetrack, where Seabiscuit won the inaugural running of the Hollywood Gold Cup, has seen some of the greatest thoroughbreds in history race -- Citation, Swaps, Ack Ack, Native Diver, John Henry, Landaluce and Zenyatta, among them. PHOTOS: The long goodbye Formed in 1938 under the chairmanship of Jack L. Warner, of the Warner Bros.
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