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||10:20 PM|
|Australia B||10:37 PM|
|Australia C||10:46 PM|
|Batavia Downs||6:35 PM|
|Bluffs Run Mat||4:00 PM|
|Charles Town||7:05 PM|
|Chester Downs Harrahs Philly||12:40 PM|
|Daytona Beach Eve||7:25 PM|
|Daytona Beach Mat||1:05 PM|
|Delaware Park||1:15 PM|
|Del Mar||5:05 PM|
|Evangeline Downs||6:40 PM|
|Grand River||6:30 PM|
|Gulf Mat||1:30 PM|
|Gulfstream Tropical||1:30 PM|
|Iowa Greyhound Park Eve||7:30 PM|
|Jacksonville Eve||7:45 PM|
|Jacksonville Mat||12:35 PM|
|Laurel Park||1:45 PM|
|Les Bois||7:30 PM|
|Louisiana Downs||4:15 PM|
|Monticello Raceway||12:50 PM|
|Mountaineer Park||7:00 PM|
|Northfield Park||6:00 PM|
|Palm Beach Mat||1:00 PM|
|Penn National||6:00 PM|
|Pocono Downs||6:30 PM|
|Prairie Meadows (TB)||7:30 PM|
|Presque Isle||5:25 PM|
|Running Aces||8:00 PM|
|Sanford Mat||1:30 PM|
|Saratoga Harness||7:05 PM|
|Saratoga TB||1:00 PM|
|Scioto Downs||6:30 PM|
|Southland Mat||5:00 PM|
|Tri-State Eve||7:00 PM|
|Tucson Greyhound Eve||10:15 PM|
|Wheeling Downs Mat||12:30 PM|
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The Grade 3 Seagram Cup Stakes comes our way from Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario this Sunday, August 2. Horses three years old and upward will be after the winner's share of the $150,000 purse when they take to Woodbine's All Weather Track and go 1 1/16 miles.
Monmouth Park on the Jersey Shore will play host to reining Triple Crown winner American Pharoah this Sunday, August 2 when the Grade 1 William Hill Haskell Invitational Stakes is contested. Three year olds will take to Monmouth's dirt track and race 1 1/8 miles searching for the winner's share of the generous $1.75 million purse.
The Grade 1 Alfred G Vanderbilt Handicap is on tap for Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, New York this Saturday, August 1. Horses three years old and upward will be after the winner's share of the $350,000 purse when they take to Saratoga's dirt track and race six furlongs.
The Grade 2 Jim Dandy Stakes comes our way from Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, New York on Saturday, August 1. A nice purse of $600,000 will be on the line for three year olds willing to go 1 1/8 miles on Saratoga's dirt track.
The Grade 1 Clement L Hirsch Stakes comes our way from Del Mar in sunny Southern California this Saturday, August 4. Fillies and mares three years old and upward will be featured when they take to Del Mar's dirt track and race 1 1/16 miles searching for the winner's share of the $300,000 purse.
With less than a week left until Monmouth Park's signature event, the $1 million William Hill Haskell Invitational, the field continues to take shape. A diverse field of competitors will take on Triple Crown winner American Pharoah on Aug. 2.
Mountaineer Racetrack in New Cumberland, West Virginia will play host to the 46th running of the Grade 2 West Virginia Derby on Saturday, August 1. Horses three years old and upward will be featured when they take to Mountaineer's dirt track and go 1 1/8 miles for a generous purse of $750,000.
The Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks comes our way this Sunday, July 26 from Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, New York. Three year old fillies will be featured when they take to Saratoga's dirt track and race 1 1/8 miles searching for the winner's share of the $300,000 purse.
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