Articles posted December 25, 2000

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Jingle Bell Hop Posts Christmas Eve Victory

Just in time for Christmas, aptly named Jingle Bell Hop ran the right race on the right day. Trainer Vladimir Cerin had said that if his winless filly didn't hit the win column on Christmas Eve, it might never happen. Jingle Bell Hop didn't let Cerin down. Without a victory in four starts and forced to settle for two seconds earlier at the meet, the 3-year-old won easily Sunday under Gary Stevens in the last race of Hollywood Park's fall season.

Hollywood Park's Numbers Decline; Pincay Effect Cited

Hollywood Park, site of Laffit Pincay Jr.'s historic march to surpass Bill Shoemaker as racing's all-time leading jockey in 1999, felt the after-affects of the event at its 2000 autumn meeting. The impact of Pincay's feat was evident as the 35-day meeting concluded Sunday. The 2000 common pool wagering daily average of $9.1 million was off 5.5 percent, while the daily average attendance of 16,660 was down 7.5 percent. On-track, the average handle of $1.6 million was down 11 percent, while the average attendance of 6,880 was off 9.5 percent.

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