Hollywood Park to Build New Turf Sprint Chute
Updated: Wednesday, July 19, 2006 7:17 PM
(from Hollywood Park release)
Posted: Wednesday, July 19, 2006 6:35 PM
Hollywood Park will build a new six-furlong chute for the Lakeside Turf Course for the opening of the 36-day Autumn Meet on Nov. 1, the track announced July 19.
The chute will be constructed on the inside of the one-mile course.
"It will tuck up against the clubhouse turn," said Martin Panza, vice president of racing. "We took several riders out to have a look at the layout, and they were all very happy with the idea."
Turf sprints will now be contested at six furlongs rather than 5 ½ furlongs, including the Hollywood Turf Express during the annual Turf Festival.
A starting gate will remain in the infield for races beginning in the current 1 ¼-mile chute and the new six-furlong chute.
"It will reduce traffic on the course because the gate won't be rolling on the backstretch every time we schedule a sprint," Panza said. "The distance will be advantageous if horsemen have a route horse they are trying to get ready. This should help us with field size."
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