INGLEWOOD, Calif. (January 31, 2014)—Wagering on simulcasts throughout California and the rest of the United States as well as South America and Australia is being offered daily at the newly-remodeled Hollywood Park Casino.
Self service betting terminals and mutuel clerks are readily available in both the General Admission Room as well as the VIP Room.
Opened for business on New Year’s Day, the 18,000-square foot General Admission Room includes 170 big screen televisions – including 42 mounted on three starting gate replicas in the room’s center.
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (January 2, 2014)—Betfair Hollywood Park, which wrapped 75 years of history with the conclusion of live racing Dec. 22, showed gains in both handle and on-track attendance compared to its next-to-last Autumn meet in 2012.
The average daily all-sources commingled handle on both imported races and those conducted at Betfair Hollywood Park during the 27-day season was up slightly ($8,935,076) over the 2012 season ($8,897,626).
The average daily all-sources commingled handle solely on races run at Betfair Hollywood Park during the 2013 Autumn season increased 3.9% over the previous year ($6,864,028 compared to $6,604,176).
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (December 22, 2013)-What Valley Lass started June 10, 1938 was finished Sunday by Woodmans Luck (video).
A 2-year-old California bred filly, Valley Lass was the first horse to win a race at Hollywood Park more than 75 ½ years ago.
Woodmans Luck, a 5-year-old gelding also bred in the state, was the last winner in the illustrious history of the legendary track, edging Depreciable by a nose after a thrilling stretch run put a cap to Sunday’s farewell 11-race program.
COREY NAKATANI ON WINNING THE FINAL RACE WITH WOODMAN’S LUCK
“Well, I made history. I won the last race and got the last set of days (he received a three-day suspension from the stewards earlier Sunday) at Hollywood Park. Kind of bittersweet. That was really emotional. It’s hard to really say that much. This has always been such a great place to be. After winning a bunch of races here, it’s hard to see it go. It’s pretty sad.”
RAFAEL BEJARANO ON WINNING THE FINAL RIDING TITLE
“It feels great to win the last title. It means a lot to me. When I came back to the winner’s circle, I could hear everyone cheering and I was just so happy.”
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (December 22, 2013)—Hollywood Park wrapped 75 years of history with the conclusion of the 2013 Autumn meet Sunday.
In its final 27-day season, the legendary track showed a gain in field size.
The average field size in 2013 was 8.15 starters per race compared to 7.89 a year ago and 7.33 in 2011.
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (December 22, 2013) — Shared Belief, who won the Grade III Hollywood Prevue Nov. 10 and the Grade I CashCall Futurity Dec. 14 by a combined 13 ½ lengths, was a unanimous selection as Horse of the Meet in the annual media poll as racing wrapped forever Sunday at Betfair Hollywood Park with the conclusion of the 27-day Autumn season.
Owned by a partnership that includes television and radio personality Jim Rome’s Jungle Racing LLC, KMN Racing LLC, Jason Litt, Alex Solis II, George Todaro and Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, the 2-year-old Candy Ride gelding remained undefeated in three starts with his two wins over Cushion Track. Also chosen 2-year-old and 2-year-old male, Shared Belief is a leading contender for the Eclipse Award as division champion and the early favorite for the 2014 Kentucky Derby.
Other winners were Streaming, who became a Grade I winner in only her second start with a 10-1 upset in the Hollywood Starlet Dec. 7, as 2-year-old filly, Broken Sword, who led throughout to take the Bayakoa Stakes Dec. 7, as 3-year-old filly, Blueskiesnrainbows, part of a 1-2-3 finish for Hollendorfer in the Grade III Native Diver Stakes Dec. 14, as older male and Majestic Stride, who won the Grade III Vernon O. Underwood Stakes Nov. 28, as sprinter.
VICTOR ESPINOZA, CALIFORNIA CHROME, Winner: “It’s fun to win the last stakes here. One extra memory of Hollywood Park. I’ve had a lot of ups and downs here, but this is where I started. When I moved to California, this is where I won my first race. I’ve won a lot of big races at this track. In a way it’s sad, but you have to move on in life. For me, the most important thing with this horse was the break. We came out well and he just took me around. I didn’t have to do much. I just moved my hands a little bit at the half mile and I felt the power.”
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (December 22, 2013)—An enthusiastic crowd helped send Hollywood Park into the sunset as the historic track, which opened June 10, 1938, offered its final day of live racing Sunday.
The paid on-track attendance was 13,283, but thousands more made their way into the legendary facility after admission became free shortly before the fourth race was made official.
Before the 11-race card was completed some 5 ½ hours after it began, California Chrome, the 2-1 favorite, became the last stakes winner in Hollywood Park history, rolling to a 6 ¼-length victory in the $200,500 King Glorious Stakes, which was restricted to 2-year-olds bred or sired in California.
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