Hollywood Park is a thoroughbred race course and poker card room in Inglewood, California, about three miles (5 km) from Los Angeles International Airport and adjacent to the Forum.
The track was opened in 1938 by the Hollywood Turf Club. The racetrack was designed by noted racetrack architect Arthur Froehlich. Its chairman was Harry Warner of Warner Brothers, and its 600 shareholders included many other Hollywood luminaries, including another Brother brand, Jack Warner. Harry Warner, Al Jolson and Raoul Walsh were members of the founding Board of Directors and Mervyn LeRoy was a director from 1941 until his death in 1987.
Hollywood Park closed from 1942 to 1944 due to World War II, being used as a storage facility. In 1949, the grandstand and clubhouse were destroyed by a fire; the rebuilt facility reopened in 1950. In 1984, the race track was extended from 1-mile (1.6 km) around to 1 1/8 miles around prior to the first Breeders Cup race. In 1986, the turf course was similarly expanded from just over 7/8 of a mile around to 1 mile & 145 ft. (1.654 km) around. A card club casino was added to the complex in 1994. Churchill Downs, Inc. bought the facility for $140 million in 1999. The previous owners of the track renamed their company Pinnacle Entertainment to concentrate on its gambling interests.
In July 2005, Churchill Downs sold the track to the Bay Meadows Land Company for $260 million in cash. Under the terms of the deal, the company, which operates Bay Meadows in San Mateo, was to continue thoroughbred racing at Hollywood Park for at least three years. According to Bay Meadows officials, the continuation of Hollywood Park as a racing venue after that depends on California allowing more gambling, like slot machines, to the track. Some of the Hollywood Park land has been sold to real estate developers to build a new housing community called the Inglewood Renaissance. Development began in 2005.
New grass was planted on the turf course after Hollywood Park's spring-summer meet in 2005. Due to safety concerns, however, turf racing was not conducted for that year's autumn meet. As a result, several major stakes races that comprised Hollywood's Autumn Turf Festival were cancelled that year. After the conclusion of Hollywood's spring-summer meet in 2006, it was announced that a second chute would be built inside the turf course to accommodate sprint races at six furlongs. This follows a similar move by Monmouth Park to build a turf chute for sprint races.
In 2010, Hollywood Park played host for the first time to Oak Tree.
The biggest non-holiday weekday handle in track history came Monday, July 2, 2007, when a record four-day Pick Six carryover of $3,274,505.48 generated a single-day record Pick Six handle of $7,596,347.12 and a record Pick Six pool of $10,870,852.60. Total handle was $18.6 million. Thirteen perfect tickets were worth $576,064.40 each, while 807 consolation tickets with five winners each were worth $2,240.40. A single winning ticket would have paid a record $7.4 million.
Thursday Through Sunday
Main Track:One and one-eighth Mile, oval.
Turf Course:One mile, 145 Feet.
Distance from last turn to finish line: 991 Feet.
1:00 p.m. Friday: 7:05 p.m. PST
|Mervyn LeRoy Handicap||II||$150K|
|Jim Murray Handicap||II||$150K|
|Lazaro S. Barrera Memorial Stakes||III||$100K|
|Los Angeles Handicap||III||$100K|
|Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap||I||$250K|
|Beverly Hills Handicap||III||$100K|
|Triple Bend Handicap||I||$250K|
|Royal Heroine Mile||II||$150K|
|Hollywood Gold Cup Handicap||I||$500K|
|A Gleam Handicap||II||$200,000|
|American Oaks Invitational Stakes||I||$250,000|
|Hollywood Juvenile Championship Stakes||III||$100,000|
|Today's Highest Rebate is 12%|
|Race Tracks||Time (EST)|
|Australia A||8:52 PM|
|Australia B||9:10 PM|
|Australia C||9:36 PM|
|Batavia Downs||6:30 PM|
|Bluffs Run Mat||5:01 PM|
|Cal Expo||8:35 PM|
|Charles Town||7:15 PM|
|Delta Downs||6:45 PM|
|Evangeline Downs||6:40 PM|
|Finger Lakes||12:01 PM|
|Fraser Downs||10:00 PM|
|Freehold Raceway||12:39 PM|
|Golden Gate Fields||3:47 PM|
|Gulf Eve||8:00 PM|
|Gulfstream Park||12:42 PM|
|Hialeah Park||12:39 PM|
|Hollywood Park||3:30 PM|
|Laurel Park||12:39 PM|
|Los Alamitos||10:05 PM|
|Maywood Park||8:10 PM|
|Meadowlands (H)||7:15 PM|
|Mountaineer Park||7:00 PM|
|Northfield Park||6:30 PM|
|Northlands Park (H)||8:00 PM|
|Orange Eve||7:45 PM|
|Palm Beach Eve||7:00 PM|
|Palm Beach Mat||1:03 PM|
|Penn National||6:01 PM|
|Remington Park||11:22 AM|
|Retama Park||8:15 PM|
|Saratoga Harness||6:45 PM|
|Scarborough Downs||12:34 PM|
|Sports Creek||6:30 PM|
|Sunland Park||2:16 PM|
|Tampa Bay Downs||12:32 PM|
|Turfway Park||10:59 AM|
|Woodbine (H)||7:25 PM|
|Woodbine (TB)||1:00 PM|
|Yonkers Raceway||7:10 PM|
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The Grade 1 Hollywood Starlet Stakes comes our way this Saturday, December 7 from Betfair Hollywood Park in Inglewood, California. A purse of $500,000 will be on the line for two year old fillies willing to go 1 1/16 miles on Hollywood Park’s synthetic track.
Betfair Hollywood Park in Inglewood, California will play host to the Grade 2 Hollywood Park this Saturday, December 7. Fillies and mares three years old and upward will be featured as they go 1 1/16 miles on Hollywood Park’s synthetic track for a purse of $150,000.
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The Grade 1 Matriarch Stakes is on tap for Betfair Hollywood Park in Inglewood, California this Sunday, December 1. Fillies and mares three years old and upward will be featured in this one mile turf test as they chase the winner's portion of the $250,000 purse.
Betfair Hollywood Park in Inglewood, California will play host to the Grade 1 Hollywood Derby this Sunday, December 1. A group of three year olds will take to Hollywood Park's turf track and go 1 1/4 miles in search of the winner's share of the $250,000 purse.
Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario will be the scene of the Grade 2 Bessarabian Stakes this Sunday, December 1. Fillies and mares three years old and upward will be featured as they go seven furlongs on Woodbine's All Weather Track for a purse of $150,000.
Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario will play host to the Grade 2 Kennedy Road Stakes this Saturday, November 30. Horses three years old and upward will take part in this six furlong dash for a purse of $150,000.
Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens, New York will be a busy place in Saturday, November 30. The main event on the stacked card is the Grade 1 Cigar Mile Handicap - a one mile test for horses three years old and upward for a purse of $500,000.
The Grade 2 Remsen Stakes is on tap for this Saturday, November 30 from Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens, New York. The race will showcase some of the best two year olds in the land as they go 1 1/8 miles on Aqueduct's dirt track for the winner's portion of the $400,000 purse.
The Grade 2 Demoiselle Stakes comes our way this Saturday, November 20 from Aqueduct in Queens, New York. Two year old fillies will be featured as they go 1 1/8 miles on Aqueduct's dirt track in search of the winner's share of the $250,000 purse.
Aqueduct Race Track in Queens, New York will be the scene of the Grade 3 Comely Stakes this Saturday, November 30. A purse of $400,000 will be on the line when three year old fillies take to Aqueduct's dirt track and go 1 1/8 miles.
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