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)|
|Assiniboia Downs||8:01 PM|
|Australia A||10:51 PM|
|Australia B||11:10 PM|
|Australia C||12:10 AM|
|Balmoral Park||8:14 PM|
|Batavia Downs||6:38 PM|
|Belmont Park||1:09 PM|
|Bluffs Run Mat||5:01 PM|
|Charles Town||7:03 PM|
|Chester Downs Harrahs Philly||12:44 PM|
|Colonial Downs (H)||1:09 PM|
|Daytona Beach Eve||7:27 PM|
|Daytona Beach Mat||1:09 PM|
|Delaware Park||1:16 PM|
|Dubuque Mat||2:00 PM|
|Grand River||6:32 PM|
|Gulf Mat||1:01 PM|
|Gulfstream Park||1:40 PM|
|Harrington Raceway||5:35 PM|
|Jacksonville Eve||7:48 PM|
|Jacksonville Mat||12:39 PM|
|Kentucky Downs||2:39 PM|
|Laurel Park||1:11 PM|
|Little Brown Jug||12:09 PM|
|Little Brown Jug Future||10:20 AM|
|Little Brown Jug Mat||11:00 AM|
|Monticello Raceway||12:54 PM|
|Mountaineer Park||7:11 PM|
|Northlands Park (TB)||8:30 PM|
|Palm Beach Mat||1:05 PM|
|Penn National||6:01 PM|
|Pocono Downs||6:37 PM|
|Presque Isle||5:27 PM|
|Remington Park||8:01 PM|
|Sanford Mat||1:35 PM|
|Southland Mat||5:02 PM|
|Suffolk Downs||12:48 PM|
|Tri-State Eve||7:04 PM|
|Tucson Greyhound Eve||10:16 PM|
|Wheeling Downs Mat||12:30 PM|
|Woodbine (TB)||6:48 PM|
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Parx Racing in Bensalem, Pennsylvania will play host to the Grade 2 Pennsylvania Derby on Saturday, September 20. A nice purse of $1 million will be on the line for three year olds willing to go 1 1/8 miles on Parx's main track.
The Grade 1 Cotillion Stakes comes our way from Parx Racing in Bensalem, Pennsylvania on Saturday, September 20. Three year old fillies will be featured as they go 1 1/16 miles on Parx's Saturday card searching for the winner's share of the very lucrative $1 million purse.
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The main event on Woodbine's summer schedule - the Grade 1 Ricoh Woodbine Mile comes our way from none other than Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario this Sunday, September 14. A nice purse of $1 million and an automatic berth into the Breeders' Cup Mile will be on the line for horses three years old and upward willing to go one mile on Woodbine's turf track.
The Grade 1 Northern Dancer Turf Stakes is on tap for Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario this Sunday, September 13. Horses three years old and upward will be featured in this 1 1/2 mile turf test as they seek the winner's share of the $300,000 purse.
The Grade 2 Canadian Stakes comes our way from Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario this Sunday, September 14. Fillies and mares three years old and upward will be after the winner's share of the $300,000 purse when they go 1 1/8 miles on Woodbine's turf track. An automatic berth into the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf is also on the line this weekend.
Hastings Racecourse Racetrack in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada will be the scene of the Grade 3 British Columbia Derby this Sunday, September 14. A group of three year olds will chase this winner's share of the $150,000 purse for 1 1/8 miles around Hastings' dirt track.
The Grade 2 Natalma Stakes comes our way from Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario this Saturday, September 13. A group of two year old fillies will take to Woodbine's turf track and race one mile looking for the winner's portion of the $200,000 purse and an automatic berth into the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf in November at Santa Anita.
Woodbine Racetrack in beautiful Toronto, Ontario will play host to the Grade 2 Summer Stakes this Saturday, September 13. Two year olds will be featured as they go one mile on Woodbine's turf track searching for the winner's share of the $200,000 purse and an automatic berth into the Breeders' Cup in a couple of months time.
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The Grade 2 Sands Point Stakes comes our way from Belmont Park in Elmont, New York on Saturday, September 13. A nice purse of $500,000 will be on the line for three year old fillies willing to go 1 1/8 miles on Belmont Park's inner turf track.
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