May 20, 1988
Captain Vigors led all the way Thursday in winning the $55,000 feature race at Hollywood Park by a half-length over fast-finishing Mazilier before a crowd of 13,893. Captain Vigors, ridden by Aaron Gryder, covered 1 1/16 miles on the turf course in 1:40 3/5 and paid $8.40, $4 and $3. The victory was the third of the day for Gryder. Corey Black recorded two victories, with one coming aboard 120-1 shot Mucho Picante in the sixth.
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.
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 3, 1987
Bedside Promise, ridden by Rafael Meza, took the lead in mid-stretch and won by two lengths in the $80,250 Triple Bend Handicap Saturday at Hollywood Park. In the co-featured $67,300 Spotlight Handicap for 3-year-olds, David's Smile, ridden by John Cisneros, rallied through the stretch for a 1-length win. In the Triple Bend, Bedside Promise covered seven furlongs on the main track in 1:21 and, as the 11-10 favorite, paid $4.40, $3 and $2.20.
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.
July 1, 2011 |
It's going to be a busy final three weeks of the Hollywood Park spring-summer meeting, with major stakes races each weekend, starting Saturday with two Grade I stakes, the $300,000 Shoemaker Mile on the turf and the $250,000 Triple Bend Handicap at seven furlongs. Next Saturday, July 9, is the $500,000 Grade I Hollywood Gold Cup, followed by the $250,000 Grade I American Oaks Handicap on July 16. One obstacle to the final weekend on July 16-17 is that it takes place when a 10-mile stretch of the 405 freeway will be closed between the 10 freeway and the Sepulveda Pass.
November 13, 2009 |
With the Southern California horse racing scene still buzzing after the performance of unbeaten Zenyatta in last weekend's Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita, Hollywood Park opens its 27-day autumn racing season today, and the focus will be on identifying 2-year-olds who could be Kentucky Derby candidates. Trainer John Sadler could have the most intriguing prospect in Sidney's Candy, who set a Del Mar record for 5 1/2 furlongs in his second start in August, then dropped out of training because of bucked shins.
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.
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%.