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.
HorseRacing TV (HRTV) will broadcast from Bay Meadows Oct. 1 as Lost in the Fog looks to remain undefeated in the $100,000 Speed Handicap, his final tune-up for the TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) Oct. 29 at Belmont Park.
Bay Meadows and Golden Gate Fields agreed to swap their dates in 2006 under a plan approved Sept. 22 by the California Horse Racing Board.
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.
Mike Pegram's TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) candidate Woke Up Dreamin may make his next start against sensational 3-year-old sprinter Lost in the Fog in the $100,000 Bay Meadows Speed Handicap on Oct. 1, trainer Bob Baffert said Thursday.
The San Francisco connections for undefeated star Lost in the Fog have been looking for the right spot to prep their colt for the TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) Oct. 29. They may have found it in their backyard.
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.
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.
Art Sherman equaled the Northern California record for most wins on a single card by a trainer Friday at Bay Meadows when his starters won five races at the San Mateo County Fair.
Churchill Downs Inc. reported Tuesday that net earnings for the second quarter were $24.2 million or $1.80 per share diluted, compared to $27.7 million or $2.06 per share diluted for the same period in 2004.
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.
The owner of Bay Meadows race track in San Mateo has emerged as the leading candidate to acquire Hollywood Park with a bid of about $275 million, according to a report in the Los Angeles Business Journal.
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.
Hall of Fame jockey Russell Baze capped off his 33rd career riding championship at Bay Meadows by winning four races Sunday.
William E. Morey scored a training triple Wednesday at Bay Meadows when he sent out the winners of the second, third, and seventh races.
The San Mateo Planning Commission this week refused to endorse a major study on the impact of development plans for Bay Meadows.
The second race at Bay Meadows Feb. 6 was declared a no contest after four of the six horses in the $16,000 maiden claiming event were affected by a spill in deep stretch.
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.
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.
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%.
It was only fitting that trainer Jerry Hollendorfer won Sunday's $65,387 Foster City Handicap, the closing-day feature of the 2004 Bay Meadows spring meeting.
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.
Jockey Chance Rollins, who was unseated in the second race at Bay Meadows Wednesday when his mount, Reds Pal propped suddenly on the clubhouse turn, escaped his fall with a sprained right wrist.
Leading jockey Russell Baze, who bruised his lower back Saturday at Bay Meadows in an accident behind the starting gate, tried to ride Sunday but quit after one race.
The 4-year-old colt Excessive Barb set a record on Bay Meadows' Longden Turf Course Sunday when he ran five furlongs in :56.32 seconds and crushed seven rivals in the fifth race.
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.
Jockeys David Lopez and Alfredo Miranda, who were injured when their horses fell in Thursday's seventh race, were in stable condition Friday and improving, Bay Meadows track physician Dr. David Seftel reported.
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.
Bay Meadows, thought to be starting what could have been its final year of operation on April 7, figures to be around for quite a bit longer.
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.
Jason Lumpkins returns to the Bay Area Friday for the start of the 50-day Bay Meadows fall season.
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.
Bay Meadows reported a slight decrease in handle from 2002 for its recently completed 55-day spring meeting.
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 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.
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.
Plans for constructing a new turf course at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa, CA, were given approval Jan. 7.
Although horsemen are prepared for the worst, it's unlikely that rain damage from recent storms will force officials to move racing in Northern California from Golden Gate Fields to Bay Meadows.
Magna Entertainment Corp. expects to formally present project development plans for the proposed Dixon Downs in Northern California to the Dixon City Council by the end of the year.
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.
Purses will go up in Nothern California beginning with the California State Fair meet Aug. 21, and the Bay Meadows meet Aug. 30.
Van Rouge led all the way en route to winning Sunday's $100,000 Ascot Handicap (gr. IIIT) by 4 1/2 lengths over Doc Holiday at Bay Meadows. On the firm turf, Van Rouge completed the 1 1/16 miles in 1:41.78 under Jason Lumpkins.
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.
California Derby fifth-place finisher Lawn Mower returned to turf racing for Sunday's $100,000 Ascot Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Bay Meadows. The 1 1/16-mile turf event attracted a field of seven 3-year-olds, including Italian stakes winner Six Hitter and the well-bred maiden Hecandigit.
A six-horse field was entered for Saturday's $200,000 Bay Meadows Breeders' Cup Sprint Handicap (gr. III), with Swept Overboard drawing post three for the six-furlong heat.
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.
Aury and Ralph Todd's The Tin Man will seek his fourth straight win when he faces three rivals in Saturday's $250,000 San Francisco Breeders' Cup Mile Handicap (gr. IIT) at Bay Meadows.
Bits and pieces from around the industry...
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.
Longtime Northern California training kingpin Jerry Hollendorfer said he's undecided on whether to attempt to defend the training title he won at Arlington Park in 2002. But he indicated he doesn't plan to stay put during the summer.
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