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)|
|Ajax Downs||12:56 PM|
|Australia A||10:18 PM|
|Australia B||11:20 PM|
|Australia C||11:40 PM|
|Bluffs Run Mat||5:01 PM|
|Daytona Beach Eve||9:27 PM|
|Daytona Beach Twi||7:27 PM|
|Fairmount Park||2:01 PM|
|Flamboro Downs||6:02 PM|
|Fort Erie||2:01 PM|
|Harrington Raceway||5:35 PM|
|Hippodrome 3R||7:05 PM|
|Monticello Raceway||12:54 PM|
|Mountaineer Park||7:01 PM|
|Northfield Park||6:08 PM|
|Palm Beach Mat||1:03 PM|
|Parx Racing||12:26 PM|
|Pocono Downs||6:36 PM|
|Presque Isle||5:25 PM|
|Yonkers Raceway||7:14 PM|
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The 75th summer season of Thoroughbred racing at Del Mar Race Track comes to an end Wednesday, September 3 when the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity is contested. A purse of $300,000 will be on the line for two year olds willing to go seven furlongs on Del Mar's All Weather Track.
The Grade 2 Del Mar Race Track comes our way from Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in California this Labor Day Monday, September 1. Fillies and mares three years old and upward will be featured as they go 1 1/16 miles in Del Mar's turf track for a purse of $200,000.
Parx Casino and Racing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania will play host to the Grade 3 Parx Racing on Labor Day Monday, September 1. A purse of $300,000 will be up for grabs for three year old hopefuls willing to race one mile, 70 yards on Parx's main track.
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Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, New York will be the scene of the Grade 1 Spinaway Stakes on Sunday, August 31. A purse of $350,000 will be on the line for two year old fillies willing to go seven furlongs on Saratoga's main track.
The Grade 1 Hopeful Stakes is on tap for Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, New York on Labor Day Monday, September 1. Some of the best two year olds in the land will be featured when they take to Saratoga's main track and go seven furlongs for a purse of $350,000.
The Grade 2 Del Mar Derby is scheduled for Del Mar in the great state of California this Sunday, August 31. Some of the best three year olds around will take to Del Mar's revamped turf track and race 1 1/8 miles for a purse of $300,000.
The Grade 2 Bernard Baruch Handicap is on tap for this Saturday, August, 30 from a busy Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, New York. Horses three years old and upward will be featured when they take to Saratoga's turf track and go 1 1/16 miles searching for the winner's share of the $250,000 purse.
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The Grade 1 Woodward Stakes is on tap for Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, New York this Saturday, August 30. A group of horses three years old and upward will take to Saratoga's dirt track and race 1 1/8 miles for the winner's share of the $600,000 purse.
Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, New York will play host to the Grade 1 Forego Stakes on Saturday, August 30. Horses three years old and upward will be featured when they go seven furlongs in search of the winner's share of the $500,000 purse and an automatic berth into the Breeders' Cup Sprint in November.
The Grade 2 With Anticipation Stakes comes our way from Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, New York this Thursday, August 28. A group of two tear olds will take to Saratoga's turf track and race 1 1/16 miles searching for the winner's share of the $200,000.
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