June 6, 1997 |
Baize, a 9-1 shot ridden by Matt Garcia, moved in front on the backstretch and held off fast-closing Hard To Copy on Thursday in the $45,720 feature race at Hollywood Park. Carrying 116 pounds in the 5 1/2-furlong turf race for fillies and mares aged 3 and older, Baize finished 1 1/2 lengths ahead of Hard To Copy, with React three more lengths behind in third. Baize, a 4-year-old daughter of Efisio bred in England, was clocked in 1:02 2/5. Hard To Copy, ridden by apprentice J.G.
July 17, 1986
Jockey Gary Stevens drove favored Blue Razor into the lead out of the gate and widened it on the far turn to score a wire-to-wire victory Wednesday in the $40,000 feature race at Hollywood Park. Blue Razor finished 3 1/2 lengths in front of Floating Reserve, ridden by Pat Valenzuela. Prince True, with Chris McCarron in the saddle, finished another 1 3/4 lengths back in the mile turf race. Blue Razor, carrying 115 pounds, was timed in 1:33 3/5.
May 11, 1995 |
Sharman closed with a rush to overtake 12-1 shot Geenger Man and win Wednesday's $54,000 feature race at Hollywood Park by two lengths. Ridden by Corey Nakatani, Sharman covered one mile on Hollywood Park's turf course in 1:33 4/5 and paid $14.40, $7.40 and $4. The victory was the third of four on the day for Nakatani and the fourth in 10 lifetime starts for Sharman, a 5-year-old Kentucky-bred son of Blushing Groom. The victory was worth $29,700, increasing Sharman's career earnings to $136,765.
April 20, 2010 |
Hollywood Park opens its 71st spring-summer meeting Wednesday, with a scaled-down 60-day schedule that will feature the $500,000 Hollywood Gold Cup on July 10, plus six other Grade I races. The schedule will follow the normal Wednesday-through-Sunday format, but will make exceptions on six Thursdays, prompted by the slow economy. The track will be open for simulcasts only this Thursday, and on April 29, June 3, July 1, July 8 and July 15. Besides the Gold Cup day, which also includes the $250,000, Grade I Triple Bend Handicap, the track's largest wagering days are likely to be the three simulcast days of Triple Crown racing — the May 1 Kentucky Derby in Louisville, the May 15 Preakness in Baltimore and the June 5 Belmont in New York.
November 14, 2002 |
Lacking the approval of the California Horse Racing Board, Hollywood Park has put on hold its plan to shut off betting before races start. Hollywood had hoped to initiate the plan today, but must wait until the racing board considers a rule change at its meeting in El Segundo a week from today. Hollywood Park is owned by Churchill Downs Inc., which announced last week that its tracks would close betting about a minute or a minute and a half before races start.
May 7, 1992 |
Even though on-track attendance was down 4,500 from the corresponding day a year ago, Hollywood Park management was satisfied with Wednesday's resumption of racing. Open for the first time after civil unrest in Los Angeles forced the cancellation of four racing dates last week, Hollywood Park attracted 8,679 fans, compared to 13,179 last year. However, there was no inter-track wagering among Santa Anita, Los Alamitos and Hollywood Park at this time last year. Santa Anita was down 28.
December 25, 1989 |
Chris McCarron was sorry Claire Marine didn't have one more opponent in the $200,000 Matriarch on closing day at Hollywood Park. "The way she ran today or the way she ran in Chicago (the Beverly D.) or when Robbie (Davis) rode her at Del Mar (the Palomar Handicap), I don't think Brown Bess would have beaten her," McCarron said after completing a stakes sweep for trainer Charlie Whittingham. Ruhlmann had won the Native Diver Handicap the day before. "But we won't find that out until next year."
June 27, 1991 |
In bygone years, Hollywood Park was the racetrack of movie stars, a thriving, glamorous place of lakes and flowers. Today, its new chief is trying to recapture the racetrack's lost splendor while guiding it into the future. R.D. Hubbard, who wrested control of Hollywood Park's board earlier this year, has given the track a facelift that has driven attendance at the spring meeting up almost 20%.