April 23, 2012 |
It has been only a month since Marje Everett died, but were the grand lady of horse racing still with us, she'd be sputtering and scowling these days. Her Hollywood Park is no longer Hollywood Park. When it opens Thursday for its 73rd spring/summer meeting, it will be under the name Betfair Hollywood Park. Former track owner Everett, who brought a sense of flair and star quality in the 1980s to her perfectly named track, would have argued that Hollywood Park was a stand-alone brand, that nothing more was needed.
June 6, 1996 |
Hollywood Park, known best to date for fading in the stretch in its quest to secure a professional football team, has decided to go to the whip with the enlistment of agent Leigh Steinberg. Steinberg, who represents many of the NFL's top quarterbacks, says he believes the NFL has no plans to expand and no intention of returning to Orange County before coming back to the Los Angeles area.
May 9, 1986
Longshot Michadilla, ridden by Eddie Delahoussaye, took the lead in deep stretch and won the $32,000 feature race by three-quarters of a length Thursday at Hollywood Park. Ultimate Pleasure, ridden by Pat Valenzuela, finished second, 1 lengths in front of the odds-on favorite Koshare, ridden by Laffit Pincay. Michadilla ran the mile in 1:34 4/5 and paid $19, $7.60 and $2.60. Ultimate Pleasure returned $7.40 and $3.20, and Koshare paid $2.20 to show.
May 14, 1987
Heavily favored Laguna Native, ridden by Eddie Delahoussaye, opened a long lead early and held on to win by a head in the $24,000 feature race for 3-year-olds Wednesday at Hollywood Park. Contact Game, ridden by Chris McCarron, finished second, four lengths in front of Mountaincamellia, ridden by Fernando Toro. Laguna Native covered 1 1/16 miles on the turf course in 1:41 2/5 and paid $4.20, $3 and $2.40. Contact Game returned $4.80 and $3.20, and Mountaincamellia paid $2.40 to show.
November 20, 1997 |
Hollywood Park Inc. said it hired investment banker Morgan Stanley & Co. to help evaluate proposals from other groups as it seeks a special tax status that could make it an attractive partner or buyout candidate. The Inglewood-based operator of racetracks, hotels and casinos is trying to regain its status as a real estate investment trust that can also operate businesses other than real estate. There are only four other so-called paired-share REITs.
May 30, 1993 |
Exchange, who won three consecutive races at Santa Anita after finishing second in her first start of the year, is the 8-5 morning-line favorite for the $165,200 Gamely Handicap today at Hollywood Park. Rested since her close victory over Trishyde in the Santa Barbara Handicap on April 4, the 5-year-old Explodent mare has two victories in three Hollywood Park grass starts and has won 12 of 20 races overall. Laffit Pincay will ride the 123-pound highweight.
October 1, 1991 |
Despite opposition from Marje Everett, the track's former chief executive officer, shareholders of Hollywood Park approved a reorganization plan Monday that will merge the company's two corporations. With a vote of 70% of the shares needed, the merger passed with 2% to spare. Hollywood Park Operating Co. and Hollywood Park Realty Enterprises now become one entity, Hollywood Park Inc. Previously, shares in the two companies had been paired on the stock exchange.
June 25, 1988
Irish-bred Choritzo, making her U.S. debut at the longest distance of her career, took the lead with a sixteenth of a mile to go and drew off for a 1 1/2-length victory Friday in the featured eighth race at Hollywood Park. Trained by Darrell Vienna and ridden at 114 pounds by Eddie Delahoussaye, the 4-year-old filly covered the 1 1/16 miles in 1:41 1/5 and paid $21.80, $10.40 and $5.20. Marion's Courage returned $11.20 and $4.80, and favored Glamorous Beau paid $2.