April 30, 1992 |
It was only a piece of paper, but it loomed large as a brick wall for members of the parimutuel clerks guild Wednesday when they showed up for work at Hollywood Park, Santa Anita, Los Alamitos and more than two dozen other betting sites throughout California. Hundreds of clerks were turned away after refusing to sign a non-union employment agreement.
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April 25, 1992 |
Authorities said Friday they are conducting a criminal investigation into the suspected embezzlement of at least $25,000 from the satellite wagering facility at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds in Lancaster, the latest in a series of problems there. Fair officials said Jack Farmer, the supervisor of the publicly operated wagering center, was placed on paid leave last month because of the inquiry.
February 15, 1992
A bettor at the Los Alamitos satellite wagering site Friday gave himself or herself a happy Valentine present--a perfect Pick Nine ticket worth $307,423.40 on a $48 investment. The Pick Nine was hit on a formful day, when six of the nine favorites made the winner's circle at Santa Anita. The winning ticket came two days after a mandatory payout of the Pick Nine pool, when a single perfect ticket would have been worth more than $1.4 million, but no ticket had more than seven winners.
November 13, 1991 |
On Nov. 2, the day Hollywood Park piped in seven Breeders' Cup races from Churchill Downs and eight more from Santa Anita, nearly 8,000 fans showed up at the Inglewood track to bet $2.6 million. Last Saturday, Hollywood Park drew 6,500 who bet $1.3 million on 10 races--the nine-race California Cup program from Santa Anita and a stake from Bay Meadows. Many tracks around the country would be comfortable doing business like this every day for live racing.
November 3, 1991 |
The organizers had to be disappointed with the interest among bettors in the first National Pick Seven on Saturday's Breeders' Cup races. Only $8,525,849 was bet at the participating race tracks, legal sports books and off-track betting parlors. Before windows opened across the country Friday, estimates on the size of the bet ranged as high as $30 million. Three-fourths of the betting total was set aside for those who correctly picked all seven winners of the Breeders' Cup races.
November 3, 1991
The total mutuel handle, including the seven Breeders' Cup races and the eight live races, at Santa Anita and its satellites Saturday set a national record of $15,815,247. The previous best was $15,490,382 at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby Day in 1988. The best day before this at Santa Anita was Nov. 1, 1986, when it played host track to Breeders' Cup III. The figure that day was $15,410,409, and that was before there was intertrack wagering.
November 1, 1991 |
Drive 15 miles east of Portland, Ore., on Interstate 80, go toward Rooster Rock until you get near Fairview--it has a post office--then start searching for the tiny town of Wood Village. It's there you will find the Multnomah Kennel Club. Why, you ask? As horse racing prepares for its biggest day and its grandest experiment--the National Pick-7 with a betting pool expected near $15 million--there is no better place than the Multnomah Kennel Club.
October 14, 1991 |
When the phone in the track announcer's booth rings after a close finish at Santa Anita, Trevor Denman knows that the stewards are calling to tell him that there has been a dead heat. If there is no dead heat, there is no phone call. When the numbers of the first four finishers light up the tote board, Denman announces them to the crowd as he sees them for the first time. On Saturday, about seven minutes after the $264,800 Goodwood Handicap, the phone at Denman's right hand rang.
October 7, 1991 |
Purses for the Oak Tree meeting at Santa Anita, which had been expected to go up because of the addition of Hollywood Park and Los Alamitos to the satellite betting network, will go down, track officials announced Sunday, and three stakes are being cut by a total of $100,000. Starting Oct. 16, daily purses will average $201,000 instead of the $230,000 that had been anticipated. The Oct. 20 Las Palmas Handicap will be a $125,000 race, down $25,000; the Rowan Handicap on Nov.
October 3, 1991 |
A lot of movie extras were there, but they were too busy shooting a scene for a James Caan-Nicolas Cage film to help boost the handle as Hollywood Park launched off-track betting on the Santa Anita races Wednesday. A crowd of 4,722, less than Hollywood Park's management expected, turned out at the Inglewood track to bet $818,165 on the nine races at Santa Anita, where the on-track attendance of 31,600 was more than 10,000 under last year's opening-day crowd for the Oak Tree meeting.