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|
|Race Tracks||Time (EST)|
|Australia A||9:32 PM|
|Australia B||9:52 PM|
|Australia C||10:34 PM|
|Bangor Raceway||5:00 PM|
|Daytona Beach Eve||7:27 PM|
|Delaware Park||1:15 PM|
|Finger Lakes||1:11 PM|
|Grand River||6:33 PM|
|Gulfstream Tropical||4:04 PM|
|Harrington Raceway||5:35 PM|
|Jacksonville Eve||7:47 PM|
|Monticello Raceway||12:54 PM|
|Mountaineer Park||7:02 PM|
|Northfield Park||6:09 PM|
|Ocean Downs||7:21 PM|
|Palm Beach Mat||1:05 PM|
|Parx Racing||12:57 PM|
|Presque Isle||3:09 PM|
|Ruidoso Downs||3:02 PM|
|Sanford Mat||1:34 PM|
|Scioto Downs||2:09 PM|
|Southland Mat||5:01 PM|
|Tucson Greyhound Eve||10:15 PM|
|Vernon Downs||6:47 PM|
|Yonkers Raceway||7:14 PM|
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Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida will play host to the Grade 2 Smile Sprint Handicap this Sunday, July 5. Horses three years old and upward will be after the winner's share of the $250,000 purse when they take to Gulfstream's dirt track and race six furlongs.
The Grade 2 Highlander Stakes comes our way from Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario this Sunday, July 5 as part of the Queen's Plate undercard. Horses three years old and upward will take to the track and dash six furlongs searching for the winner's portion of the $200,000 purse.
The Grade 1 United Nations Stakes takes place at Monmouth Park on the Jersey shore on Sunday, July 5. Horses three years old and upward will be featured when they go 1 3/8 miles in Monmouth's turf track looking for the winner's portion of the $500,000 purse.
Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario will be the scene of the most prestigious horse race on Canadian soil on Sunday, July 5 when the 156 the edition of the Queen's Plate Stakes is run. A group of three year olds, foaled in Canada will be featured when they take to Woodbine's All Weather Track and go 1 1/4 miles searching for the winner's portion of the generous $1 million purse.
The Grade 1 Belmont Oaks Invitational is on tap for Belmont Park in Elmont, New York this Saturday, July 4. A nice purse of $1 million will be on the line for three year old fillies willing to go 1 1/4 miles on Belmont Park's turf track.
Belmont Park in Elmont, New York will be the scene of the Grade 1 Belmont Derby Invitational on Saturday, July 4. A group of three year olds will be after the winner's share of the lucrative $1.25 million purse when they line up and go 1 1/4 miles on Belmont Park's turf track.
Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario will play host to the Grade 3 Dominion Day Stakes this Wednesday, July 1. Horses three years old and upward will be featured as they go 1 1/4 miles on Woodbine's All Weather Track in search of the winner's share of the $150,000 purse.
The Grade 1 Triple Bend Stakes will be run this Saturday, June 27 from Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California this Saturday, June 26. Horses three years old and upward will be featured as they line up on Santa Anita's dirt track and go seven furlongs looking for the winner's share of the $300,000 purse.
Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California will be the scene of the Grade 1 Gold Cup at Santa Anita this Saturday, June 26. A purse of $500,000 will be on the line for horses three years old and upward as they go 1 1/4 miles on Santa Anita's dirt track.
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