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January 5, 1990 | From Associated Press
Plans for the first thoroughbred race track in north Florida have been submitted to the Jacksonville City Council by two Ocala developers. The proposal for the $30-million sports center includes a four-month racing season with pari-mutuel wagering and year-round equestrian events and horse shows, said David F. Austin, one of the developers.
March 23, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
Kyle Busch won the NASCAR Sprint Cup race in Fontana for the second consecutive year in a two-lap overtime finish Sunday at Auto Club Speedway. Kyle Larson, the 21-year-old who won NASCAR's second-level Nationwide Series race on Saturday in Fontana, finished second. "What an awesome race this race track produced for two days in a row," Busch said of the two-mile Fontana oval. Busch drives the No. 18 Toyota and it was Toyota's first Sprint Cup Series victory of the season.
March 20, 1985 | Associated Press
Work has started on China's first horse race track since 1949--but there will be no gambling, New China News Agency reported today. The agency said the 7,000-seat state-run Kublai Khan Equestrian Park will open in a Peking suburb this fall, featuring horse races and polo games, horse and camel rides and riding clubs. "It will be commercial and recreational and not for gambling," the track's manager said. Gambling is outlawed in China.
December 21, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
After 75 years of horse racing, Betfair Hollywood Park has reached closing day. The Inglewood track will close its doors permanently after Sunday's 11-race card. The $200,000 King Glorious Stakes for 2-year-olds at seven furlongs is the final stakes to be run. The jockey champion could come down to the final race, with Rafael Bejarano and Joe Talamo in a tight competition. First post is 12:30 p.m. Hollywood Park opened in 1938 and has seen some of the greatest thoroughbreds in history race on its track.
June 15, 1990 | From Reuters
Cash-laden Japanese are going to horse races in growing numbers, boosting profits to record levels, says a government report issued Thursday. Combined profits at 34 regional race tracks across Japan reached a record annual high of $5.5 billion in fiscal 1989 ending March 1990, according to a spokesman for the Agriculture Ministry. The figure represented an 18% increase over the previous year's profits, the official said.
May 15, 1988 | ANDREA FORD, Times Staff Writer,
A Newport Beach-based development company has indicated its intention to buy for $100 million in cash the Los Alamitos Race Track and an adjacent 160-acre parcel of land. If the deal is completed, Hollywood Park Realty Enterprises, the track's present owner, would continue to operate it until 2001 under a lease-back agreement, according to Hollywood Park officials. Hollywood Park bought the property in 1984 for $63 million.
May 30, 1996 | BILL BILLITER
City officials have notified the county that they oppose a proposal to make part of the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station into a horse race track after the base closes. Cypress is the home of Los Alamitos Race Track, which is a major tax source for the city. In a May 8 letter to the county, city officials said they oppose "planning for a similar facility [at the Marine base] unless studies show that the county can support two such facilities."
June 4, 1986 | HOWARD ROSENBERG, Times Television Critic
Documentarian Frederick Wiseman has a panoramic eye. Disdaining narration and relying on the camera to reflect its own truth, he often makes the ordinary seem fascinating. On occasion, he also makes the fascinating seem ordinary. There is some of both in his two-hour PBS documentary "Race Track," airing at 8 tonight on Channel 50 and at 9 p.m. on Channels 28, 15 and 24. This is the much-honored Wiseman's 17th documentary for public TV.
August 10, 1989 | From Times wire services
After sending six aides to Minnesota to look into a proposed buyout of Canterbury Downs' bank debt, New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner has decided the deal would be too risky to participate in, the Star Tribune reported in today's editions. Lawrence Greenberg, a retired Minneapolis accountant who hopes to buy the Shakopee race track, said he probably will be unable to swing the deal unless a backup company joins the sons of Minnesota Twins owner Carl Pohlad in buying the debt.
October 21, 1995 | BILL BILLITER
After postponing a consultant's study of parking needs at Los Alamitos Race Course because of concerns about the cost, the city is proceeding with the review. In September, the City Council halted the parking survey because members feared that the city would have to pick up part of the tab.
December 18, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
A $5.8-million settlement has been reached with the relatives of those killed and a dozen who were injured when a truck competing in an off-road desert race careened into a crowd of spectators, their lawyers announced Wednesday. In the 2010 accident in the desert near Victorville, the truck, a modified Ford Ranger, went out of control during the California 200 race and went airborne, slamming into the crowd, killing eight and injuring dozens. The settlement, reached Tuesday, includes 12 of those injured.  Lawyers said the bulk of the settlement - about $4.8 million - would be paid by the Bureau of Land Management, which failed to follow its safety procedures during the race, an internal review found.
November 8, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
AVONDALE, Ariz. - Matt Kenseth said Friday, "I'm as optimistic as I've ever been" this season about his chances in Sunday's NASCAR race and catching Jimmie Johnson for the Sprint Cup title. "I feel like my race team and my race cars are capable on any given week," said Kenseth, who's seven points behind Johnson with two races left. The first race is Sunday's AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway, followed by the season finale the next weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Florida.
September 27, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
The significance of opening day at Santa Anita on Friday had mostly to do with the Arcadia race track's attempt to enter the brave new world of sports entertainment. For years, thoroughbred racing has been acquiring the label of "a dying sport. " That would be the assessment of the hordes of 20-and-30-somethings, whose passion for sports is a direct line to how their quarterback did in their Sunday fantasy league. Other sports move faster, make more noise and exude more cool than horse racing.
July 27, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
INDIANAPOLIS - Despite having the dominant car, Kyle Busch nearly saw victory slip away in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race Saturday. Busch was passed by Brian Scott on the final restart with six laps left. But Busch reclaimed the lead and won the Indiana 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It was Busch's eighth win of the season in the Nationwide Series, a second-level circuit to NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series, where Busch primarily races. "It's cool to win in this place," Busch said of the famed race 2.5-mile race track, where he started on the pole position and led 92 of the 100 laps.
May 27, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
Danica Patrick and Ricky Stenhouse Jr., the NASCAR drivers as well as loving couple, got together on the race track at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday night, and it wasn't in a good way. During Lap 319 of the Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600, Stenhouse drove his car into the side of Patrick's car, causing her to collide with Brad Keselowski's vehicle along the wall. In other words, this was no love tap. The cars of Patrick and Keselowski were beyond repair. Stenhouse was able to continue and finished 14th.
May 6, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
  A 16-car wreck marred the end of the NASCAR race in Talladega, Ala., on Sunday, and a lot of drivers lashed out at track officials afterward. With six laps to go, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. bumped J.J. Yeley, sending Yeley's car into Kurt Busch's car, which went airborne and flipped once before coming to a stop on the hood of Ryan Newman's car. That set off a domino effect, leading to 16 cars taking damage. “My mom doesn't come to four races a year -- Daytona and Talladega.
November 16, 1989 | Associated Press
A driver-trainer who allegedly hindered a state Harness Racing Commission investigation of a Sept. 17 race has been banned from The Meadows track in Washington County. In a statement, the track said it had "exercised its right of exclusion" against Lou Kiss, 38, who drove the winning horse in a disputed race. The track began an investigation of the 11th race after officials received an anonymous phone tip. Suspicion was aroused by the high number of winning superfecta tickets--10.
April 25, 1990 | LYNDA NATALI
City voters Tuesday overwhelmingly approved plans to develop a 75-acre business park next to the Los Alamitos Race Track, ending more than four years of disputes and lawsuits. "This election finally puts to rest a great controversy in our community," said Mayor Pro Tem John Kanel. "The new owners (of the race track) are to be highly commended."
December 24, 2012 | By Eric Sondheimer, This post has been corrected. See note at the bottom for details.
Jack Klugman wasn't just known for his acting ability. He loved horses and horse racing. His death Monday in Woodland Hills at the age of 90 comes after he visited the race track several months ago, according to trainer Barry Abrams, who co-owns three horses with Klugman. They are offspring of Klugman's broodmare, Sci Fi Kin , who was sold in January. "He just loved being at the track," Abrams said. "He comes, makes bets and sits all day. That was his life -- horses and show business.
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