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December 17, 2013 | By Angel Jennings
A pair of flamingos might be the last to leave Betfair Hollywood Park when the Inglewood racetrack finally closes Sunday. The bright pink birds were supposed to make the move to Charles Paddock Zoo in Atascadero last week with 10 other flamingos that lived in the infield lake at the 75-year-old track. But when a crew from Los Angeles Zoo arrived to capture them, five stealthy birds were able to flee through a hole in the mesh trap. “It's not very easy to round up birds,” said Susie Kasielke , curator or birds at the L.A. Zoo. “They get panicky and try to run out.”    On a second attempt, zoo officials were able to wrangle up three of the escapees.
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SPORTS
March 9, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
LAS VEGAS  - "I love coming back here," Jimmie Johnson said of Las Vegas, but it's not to gamble or take in a show. "Vegas is fun but it's really, just in my mind, a racing town," he said. And Johnson, the reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup champion, might as well be its honorary mayor. As he seeks a record-tying seventh Cup title this year, Johnson already holds the record for most Cup wins at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with four. Yet, he has had something of a drought at the 1.5-mile oval located 15 miles northeast of the Strip.
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NEWS
July 2, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
If you're traveling along any part of the Pacific Surfliner rail route July 19-21 -- the seasonal opening of Del Mar racetrack and Comic-Con -- make your train reservations right now or risk not getting a seat. That's the word Monday from Amtrak , which is requiring train reservations in anticipation of a heavy passenger load on the weekend of those two big events in the San Diego area.  Comic-Con, which draws about 130,000 visitors, is set for the San Diego Convention Center from 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. July 18 to 20 and 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. July 21. Farther north, the Del Mar racetrack in Del Mar opens for the season on July 17. The Pacific Surfliner operates daily service between San Luis Obispo and San Diego by way of Los Angeles, and Amtrak is requiring reservations for all passengers traveling during the mid-July weekend.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 2014 | By Nita Lelyveld
If you have memories of a place that stretch over a lifetime - from when you were a kid there to when you brought your kids and then their kids - it's hard to go back and see it empty and unloved, the flowers unwatered and dead, dust coating the floors and the benches. It all happened so quickly at Hollywood Park, where thoroughbreds last thundered down the track just a month ago. Now, with that day's racing slips still scattered about the stands, everything that can be removed is being sold off: the ticket booths, the Jumbotron, the jockeys' impossibly small, narrow bunk beds.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 28, 2012 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Making my way through HBO's new racetrack drama"Luck," I wondered at times if I was looking at a new rule-breaking version of the art form, a Monet perhaps, or a "Ulysses. " Or I wondered if it was just a show drowning in pretension, the work of people hoping that novelty would disguise a lack of professional rigor. Having finished the nine-episode first season, I am inclined toward the former, though there is enough of the latter to make me appreciate the confines of more traditional television storytelling.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 2013 | By Angel Jennings
A pair of flamingos might be the last to leave Betfair Hollywood Park when the Inglewood racetrack finally closes Sunday. The bright pink birds were supposed to make the move to Charles Paddock Zoo in Atascadero, Calif., last week with 10 other flamingos that lived in the infield lake at the 75-year-old track. But when a crew from Los Angeles Zoo arrived to capture them, five stealthy birds were able to flee through a hole in the mesh trap. PHOTOS: The final days of Hollywood Park  "It's not very easy to round up birds," said Susie Kasielke, curator of birds at the L.A. Zoo. "They get panicky and try to run out. " On a second attempt, zoo officials were able to wrangle up three of the escapees.
SPORTS
April 23, 2012 | Bill Dwyre
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 3, 2009
More rides: Animal Planet has ordered seven new episodes of "Jockeys," about seven riders competing at Santa Anita racetrack, for airing this summer.
SPORTS
May 31, 1996 | THOMAS BONK
The College World Series begins today in Omaha, but the first one was held in 1947 in Kalamazoo, Mich., a two-team affair between California and Yale. Two top players were Cal outfielder Jackie Jensen, who turned out to be the 1958 American League most valuable player, and Yale first baseman George Bush, who turned out to be the 41st president of the United States. George Felske was the catcher for Yale in 1947.
HOME & GARDEN
May 5, 2012 | Chris Erskine
With a caffeine headache and 60 bucks in my britches, I head out to the pony rides on a Friday night - to glittery, improbable Hollywood Park, now officially Betfair Hollywood Park. The Inglewood track's spring-summer semester has just started, and on Friday evenings it has what amounts to a horse-racing revival: a little wagering, a few food trucks, followed by a live concert reasonably priced. It's easy to see why these Friday night festivities are such a hit with young people like us. "I love ponies," the little guy says.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 2013 | By Angel Jennings
A pair of flamingos might be the last to leave Betfair Hollywood Park when the Inglewood racetrack finally closes Sunday. The bright pink birds were supposed to make the move to Charles Paddock Zoo in Atascadero, Calif., last week with 10 other flamingos that lived in the infield lake at the 75-year-old track. But when a crew from Los Angeles Zoo arrived to capture them, five stealthy birds were able to flee through a hole in the mesh trap. PHOTOS: The final days of Hollywood Park  "It's not very easy to round up birds," said Susie Kasielke, curator of birds at the L.A. Zoo. "They get panicky and try to run out. " On a second attempt, zoo officials were able to wrangle up three of the escapees.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 17, 2013 | By Angel Jennings
A pair of flamingos might be the last to leave Betfair Hollywood Park when the Inglewood racetrack finally closes Sunday. The bright pink birds were supposed to make the move to Charles Paddock Zoo in Atascadero last week with 10 other flamingos that lived in the infield lake at the 75-year-old track. But when a crew from Los Angeles Zoo arrived to capture them, five stealthy birds were able to flee through a hole in the mesh trap. “It's not very easy to round up birds,” said Susie Kasielke , curator or birds at the L.A. Zoo. “They get panicky and try to run out.”    On a second attempt, zoo officials were able to wrangle up three of the escapees.
SPORTS
July 17, 2013 | Eric Sondheimer
There was primping, flirting, laughing, betting, drinking - and that was before the first race went off on opening day at Del Mar. In what has become the social event of the year in San Diego County, a crowd of 43,030, the largest to attend a horse race in California this year, showed up on Wednesday to create a party-like atmosphere complete with hats seemingly designed from an unknown civilization. "Oh my God. Look at this," one female track visitor said in awe of a hat that included an iron replica of the Eiffel Tower covered with flowers and feathers.
NEWS
July 2, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
If you're traveling along any part of the Pacific Surfliner rail route July 19-21 -- the seasonal opening of Del Mar racetrack and Comic-Con -- make your train reservations right now or risk not getting a seat. That's the word Monday from Amtrak , which is requiring train reservations in anticipation of a heavy passenger load on the weekend of those two big events in the San Diego area.  Comic-Con, which draws about 130,000 visitors, is set for the San Diego Convention Center from 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. July 18 to 20 and 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. July 21. Farther north, the Del Mar racetrack in Del Mar opens for the season on July 17. The Pacific Surfliner operates daily service between San Luis Obispo and San Diego by way of Los Angeles, and Amtrak is requiring reservations for all passengers traveling during the mid-July weekend.
SPORTS
May 11, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
With its announcement Thursday, Hollywood Park did little to refute the theory that horse racing is a sport in need of hospice. They raced at the Inglewood track Friday, but it wasn't business as usual. Nor will it be the rest of this meeting and the track's final one, which ends Dec. 22. For people in the business, and fans of the sport, the next six months of racing at the place universally known as Hollypark will be an emotional saddle sore. The bulldozers are at the gate.
SPORTS
April 24, 2013 | Eric Sondheimer
Betfair Hollywood Park begins what could be its final 49-day spring-summer meeting Thursday. The California Horse Racing Board is scheduled to move forward on 2014 racing dates at its next meeting on May 23 in Sacramento, even though Hollywood Park has not publicly stated whether the track will shut down at the end of this year. Jack Liebau, president of Hollywood Park, said last week that people seem to be assuming the Inglewood track will not have racing next year. "They may be right; they may be wrong," he said.
TRAVEL
May 13, 2012 | Catharine Hamm, Los Angeles Times
If you know anything at all about Del Mar, it's that the seaside town north of San Diego is the place to play the ponies. The horses aren't the only thoroughbreds in the track's history; you'll hear it connected to such names as Bing Crosby, W.C. Fields, Red Skelton, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, jockey Willie Shoemaker and, my favorite, Seabiscuit. But I'd encourage a Del Mar visit any time except the July 18-Sept. 5 racing season, just for the peace and quiet. The bed. I was here for a family wedding at L'Auberge del Mar Resort & Spa (1540 Camino del Mar; [800]
SPORTS
July 22, 1990 | ANDREW BEYER, WASHINGTON POST
At an age when the useful life of most thoroughbreds is over, Titan Ribot is just being recognized as a remarkable racehorse. The 10-year-old has been a gritty competitor over seven seasons of racing and he is still going strong: He has won three of his last four starts. He is an oddity, a gelding who has sired two offspring. But Titan Ribot has earned special attention from bettors in this area because he is one of the most extraordinary mud-runners ever seen in Maryland.
SPORTS
December 25, 2012 | Bill Dwyre
Santa Anita once ran a promotional campaign that should never have been abandoned. It teased and tickled and remains a message of pride for Southern California horse racing fans. "What do you open the day after Christmas?" The sport that spends much of its time wringing its hands at why so many think it is not hip and cool like the Lakers will have its annual new beginning Wednesday. Post time is noon at Santa Anita Park, and the Great Race Place will certainly feel worthy of its name on this day. It's still a big deal, a chance for horsemen to set goals and dream of Kentucky Derbies; a chance for trainer Doug O'Neill to focus his memories of 2012 on another I'll Have Another and not on "Drug" O'Neill; for Bob Baffert to roll out some new one-liners about being a bridesmaid in all of the 2012 Triple Crown races and figure out a way to catch the bouquet in 2013.
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