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Churchill Downs Completes Sale of Hollywood Park

Churchill Downs Inc. and Bay Meadows Land Company completed the sale of Hollywood Park racetrack and surrounding acreage at the Inglewood, Calif., site to Hollywood Park Land Company, an affiliate of BMLC, for $257.5 million. CDI will use the proceeds of the sale to pay down debt.

Preliminary OK Given Bay Meadows Plan

The Bay Meadows development plan gained approval from the San Mateo Planning Commission at its Sept. 8 meeting and has been sent to the City Council for consideration later this month.

California Racing Industry Joins Relief Effort

California's racing industry has joined forces during the Labor Day weekend to help raise funds for victims of the Hurricane Katrina disaster in the Gulf States. Racing venues throughout the state are serving as collection centers for the effort with all funds raised being earmarked for the American Red Cross.

CHRB Finds Hollywood Sale in Racing's Interest

The California Horse Racing Board put an important stamp of approval on the sale of Hollywood Park at its commission meeting Thursday at Del Mar by unanimously okaying the deal with the Bay Meadows' Land Company in accordance with state racing law.

Horsemen Seek Stability as Hollywood Deal Looms

Officials maintained a taut no-comment stance on reports that Churchill Downs Inc. is close to a deal with the owner of Bay Meadows for the sale of Hollywood Park, but a spokesman for California's major trainers' organization expressed comfort in the news.

Changes Set for California Fair Schedule

The California Horse Racing Board plans to eliminate 12 Thoroughbred racing dates this summer that belonged to the state fair and reduce the number of competing Northern California dates by four days.

Bay Meadows Signal Expands to TVG

The Bay Meadows racing signal will be available to all three legal account deposit wagering companies in California when the Bay Area track opens for business under new management Feb. 2.

Racing Responds to California Tribal Casino Plan

A proposed tribal mega-casino less than seven miles from Golden Gate Fields spurred a massive lobbying effort from California's $4.5-billion horse racing industry the week of Aug. 23.

On-Track Figures Improve at Bay Meadows

Bay Meadows concluded its 2004 55-day spring meeting with increases in both on-track attendance and on-track handle, but overall handle declined by 4%.

Bay Area Racing Veteran Dale Duspiva Dies

Dale Duspiva, who served as a chart caller for the Daily Racing Form for 28 years before going to work in the publicity and marketing departments at Bay Meadows and Golden Gate Fields, died of cancer Wednesday evening at his home in San Bruno. He was 53.

MEC's Lease to Operate Bay Meadows Coming to an End

A Magna Entertainment Corp. official, conceding the company's control of Bay Meadows Racetrack will soon end after five years of operation, said the Toronto-based racing giant wasn't given the opportunity to negotiate a lease extension for 2005 with the track's owner.

Jockey Radke Breaks Wrist, Nose in Fall

Kevin Radke, the leading jockey at the 2003-2004 Golden Gate Fields meeting, suffered fractures to his left wrist and nose when he went down in the sixth race at Bay Meadows Wednesday. He'll be sidelined for six to eight weeks, according to an initial report.

MEC Team to Study Racetrack Operations

Magna Entertainment Corp. has established a "continuous improvement" team under the supervision of chief operating officer Don Amos that will conduct an orderly study of the company's racetrack operations.

Never Say Die

By Morton Cathro -- Like Ralph Neves, the jockey who was pronounced dead after a spill, only to come back to life and ride there again, aging Bay Meadows, the grand dame of California racetracks, is proving once more that reports of her demise are, as Mark Twain once observed, greatly exaggerated.

California Board Cuts Off Signals to Idaho Casino

California regulators, in an effort to stop out-of-state account wagering operators from taking bets from state residents, have excluded the Coeur d'Alene Casino in Idaho from importing upcoming meets at Bay Meadows and Hollywood Park. The manager of the casino said the situation would be resolved.

Magna Unveils Revisions for $250-Million Dixon Downs

Magna Entertainment Corp.'s plans for Dixon Downs, the company's ideal "racetrack of the future," are finally headed to the starting gate. On March 3, MEC submitted its detailed proposal for the $250-million project to the city of Dixon, located 19 miles west of Sacramento, Calif.

Could Pleasanton Replace Bay Meadows?

Could Pleasanton Replace Bay Meadows?

Northern California's Alameda County Fair wants to install a $3 million turf course at its Pleasanton racing facility later this year. But the fair's chief executive officer wants to see it used for more than an annual 11-day summer meet.

'Biscuit Bobbleheads Make it to Bay Meadows

After a one-week delay due to California's closed ports, Bay Meadows will be the first to venture into horse bobblehead giveaways. The San Mateo, Calif., track will hand out 8,500 Seabiscuit bobbleheads on Oct. 19, the first of these popular nodding statuettes to honor a horse instead of a human.

Mellow Fellow Wins Sixth Straight, For Sale Tuesday

Mrs. Barton D. Heller and William J. Morey Jr.'s Mellow Fellow closed for a 1 1/2-length victory in Saturday's $198,750 Bay Meadows Breeders' Cup Sprint Handicap (gr. III) to notch his sixth consecutive win. The 7-year-old gelding completed the six furlongs in 1:08.35 on the fast track.

Suances Wires San Francisco Mile Field

There were only four horses entered in Saturday's $216,250 San Francisco Breeders' Cup Mile Handicap (gr. IIT) and they each finished just over a length apart, with Suances holding on to win the Bay Meadows feature over favored Decarchy.

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No Requests Yet for Ads on Racing Silks, Cloths

Commercial ads are scheduled to begin showing up on jockey and racing silks with the start of the spring meets in California, but they're a little slow to make the starting gate.

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