INGLEWOOD, Calif. (November 4, 2012)—Betfair Hollywood Park will begin its 32nd Autumn Meet Thursday, Nov. 8. Post time is 12:30 p.m.
Scheduled for 24 days through Dec. 16, the meet is highlighted by four Grade I events and the annual Autumn Turf Festival (Nov. 23-25).
Two of the Grade I events are on grass and part of the Festival – the $250,000 Matriarch and the $250,000 Hollywood Derby. Both races will be run Sunday, Nov. 25.
Two-year-olds are spotlighted in the other Grade I’s – the $500,000 guaranteed Hollywood Starlet– up from $250,000 in 2011 – and the $750,000 CashCall Futurity.
Won a year ago by 14-1 outsider Killer Graces, the Starlet is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 8.
The Futurity, which was taken by Liasion in 2011, will be run Saturday, Dec. 15.
Racing will be conducted four days a week (Thursday-Sunday) throughout the season.
Post time will be 12:30 p.m. daily with one exception – 11 a.m. Nov. 22 (Thanksgiving).
The first stakes on the Autumn schedule is the $100,000 Real Quiet, which will be run for the seventh time Saturday, Nov. 10. An ungraded event for 2-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles over Cushion Track, the Real Quiet is a prep for the CashCall Futurity. Liaison won the Real Quiet and Futurity last year, becoming the second juvenile to win both races. Comma to the Top completed the sweep in 2010.
Entries for the Real Quiet will be taken Wednesday, Nov. 7.
Free box seats will be offered every Thursday and Friday. Thursdays will also offer $5 admission – with Gold Club card – for seniors (55 and older). Parking and program are included.
Happy Hour drink specials and Mexican food items will be available 2-4 p.m. on Fiesta Fridays and Gold Club members can enter to win a $100 mutuel voucher.
The wagering menu will continue to offer the Player’s Pick 5, now a staple on the Southern California circuit after being introduced at the 2011 Spring/Summer meet. The 50 cent minimum wager with a reduced 14% takeout will be offered daily on Races 1-5.
There will be a $150,000 guaranteed Pick Six each Saturday of the meet. Should the pool surpass $200,000, $1 Happy Hour food and drink specials will be available at Whittingham’s Pub.
The Hollywood Park Casino will be open – admission is free – for simulcast wagering Wednesday, Nov. 7.
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