Jockey Patrick Valenzuela enters the closing weekend of the Hollywood Park Autumn Meet with added motivation. A riding crown at the 30-day session that concludes Sunday would give Valenzuela a rare sweep of the five major meets on the Southern California circuit in the same year.
Hollywood Park brings down the curtain on its 2003 Autumn meet this weekend with a pair of races for juveniles and juvenile fillies, Saturday's Hollywood Futurity (gr. I) and Sunday's Hollywood Starlet (gr. I).
A competitive and well-matched field of eight will contest the 25th edition of the $100,000 Native Diver Handicap (gr. III) Saturday at Hollywood Park.
Management at Hollywood Park announced Monday there will be an 8% purse reduction at the Autumn meet that is currently underway.
John Deere, title sponsor of the $2 million John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) and the John Deere Turf Division of the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, will be the presenting sponsor of the Hollywood Turf Festival, to be held Nov. 28-30 at Hollywood Park in Inglewood, Calif. John Deere will also be the presenting sponsor for the grade I, $600,000 Hollywood Derby, to be run Sunday, Nov. 30.
Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel tied Charlie Whittingham's all-time record for victories at Hollywood Park Friday night when Irish-bred Anja won the fifth race to give Frankel his 859th win at the Inglewood track.
The Southern Racing Cooperative, currently in a dispute with the Churchill Downs Simulcast Network over fees charged for signals, said Nov. 17 it has been approached by 10 racetracks that want to join the organization.
Member tracks of the Southern Racing Cooperative, which includes Oaklawn Park and Fair Grounds among others, have thus far declined to import the Hollywood Park simulcast signal because of an impasse in negotiations.
Special Rate finished strong to capture Tuesday's third running of the $93,450 Bien Bien Stakes for 3-year olds by a nose in Hollywood Park's opening day feature.
Bobby Frankel, the nation's leading trainer with a North American record $17.8 million in purses, will saddle two horses in the $70,000 Bien Bien Stakes Tuesday when Hollywood Park opens its 23rd Autumn Meet with a special Veterans' Day card.
Hollywood Park will open its Autumn Meet on Nov. 11. The 30-day meet will feature a stakes schedule worth $3.6-million which will be spread out over 14 graded races, including five grade I events.
If Breeders' Cup history repeats itself at this year's World Thoroughbred Championships, bet on sunny weather and horses who have raced previously at Santa Anita.
The Keeneland Association was awarded the 2003 Simulcast Award for best telecast production Sept. 30 at the International Simulcast Conference in Burlingame, Calif.
It was only a single day on the proposed 271-day Thoroughbred racing circuit in Southern California in 2004. But for representatives of the state's owners and trainers appearing Thursday before the California Horse Racing Board, it was meaningful.
Hollywood Park closed its 64th Spring/Summer Meet Sunday virtually on par with its record meet of 2002 as common pool wagering totaled $688,581,157, down just .05 percent from the figure of $688,935,976 a year ago.
Jockey Jerry Bailey's decision to send Congaree earns him his Hollywood Gold Cup and providing Bob Baffert with a graded stakes double.
The California Horse Racing Board said May 23 it is reviewing certain races "with significant form reversals," including the second race May 21 at Hollywood Park in which "a filly improved tremendously to win at relatively low odds while stepping up in class."
Hall of Fame jockey Laffit Pincay Jr., who surpassed Bill Shoemaker as racing's all-time win leader with victory No. 8,834 aboard Irish Nip here on Dec. 10, 1999, will be honored by Hollywood Park on Sunday, July 13 -- Hollywood Gold Cup Day.
Excessivepleasure, a 3-year-old bordering on stardom after capturing last month's $500,000 WinStar Derby, and comebacking General Challenge, unraced in over 2 1/2 years following triumphs in such classic events as the Santa Anita Handicap, will be the focus of Saturday's fourth annual Citibank California Gold Rush at Hollywood Park.
Northern California trainers Jerry Hollendorfer and Terry Knight are scheduled to ship large stables to the current Hollywood Park meet.
The Southern California Thoroughbred racing scene shifts to Hollywood Park April 23 for the Inglewood track's 65-day spring/summer meet that extends through June 20. A packed stakes schedule includes the $750,000 Hollywood Gold Cup, a grade I event set for July 13.
In the face of dwindling fields, Hollywood Park won approval from the California Horse Racing Board to penalize trainers for late scratches.
Three months into its four-month meeting, Santa Anita Park will finally have its races shown in Southern California on a nightly replay program.
A new incentive program at Hollywood Park awards a trip to Tahiti to the leading trainers in three categories.
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.
Fairplex Park was at the center of the California Horse Racing Board's attention once more Thursday. Just a couple of months after the CHRB turned down a proposed lease of the Los Angeles County Fair's end-of-summer racing dates to Hollywood Park, Fairplex issues were in the middle of things once more -- on a couple of fronts.
The purse for the 2003 Jim Murray Memorial Handicap will be increased to $400,000 from $75,000 as Hollywood Park will feature a Los Angeles Times-themed program May 10 in conjunction with the first annual L.A. Times Sports Workshop for aspiring sports journalists.
Hollywood Park made gains following a disappointing opening weekend due to rain, but was unable to erase the deficit. Attendance and handle figures were down from 2001 following Sunday's conclusion of the 35-day Autumn Meet.
TVG will present live coverage of the Grade I, $200,000 Hollywood Starlet on Saturday and the Grade II, $150,000 Bayakoa Handicap on Sunday as part of "Trackside Live!: Hollywood Park."
Viewers of the Television Games Network (TVG) can expect a real horseracing feast this Thanksgiving Holiday weekend as the network will present nine graded stakes races from the West to East Coast. Included are three grade I races, three grade II events and three grade III features, with live racing action from Hollywood Park, Churchill Downs, and Aqueduct.
The California Horse Racing Board Thursday surprisingly denied Hollywood Park permission to close all betting when the post time clock clicks to "zero."
Eleven older horses, including East Coast-based invaders Cetewayo and Rochester, have been entered for Saturday's 1 1/2-mile Hollywood Turf Cup (gr. IT).
Hall of Fame jockey Eddie Delahoussaye, sidelined since sustaining injuries in a spill Aug. 30 at Del Mar, visited the Hollywood Park stable area for the first time this meeting Sunday with his wife, Juanita.
Hollywood Park won't be getting special approval from the California Horse Racing Board to institute a new policy that would cut off wagering on its races at post time in time for its next racing day, which is Nov. 14.
Hollywood Park officials expect the California Horse Racing Board to quickly approve wagering security steps announced earlier by its parent company, Churchill Downs, Inc., including a requirement to close all mutuel pools one minute before horses are loaded into the starting gate for each race.
A field of six is likely for the 1 1/16-mile, $70,000-added Steinlen Handicap over the Hollywood Park turf Sunday.
Saturday's $125,000 Matiara Stakes at Hollywood Park will have a decidedly international feel to it, as seven of the 10 scheduled starters were bred outside the United States.
Hall of Fame jockey Julie Krone tasted her first victory in more than three years Thursday when she piloted Jade Vixen to an easy win in the eighth race at Hollywood Park.
The California Horse Racing Board approved a 2003 racing calendar Thursday that is largely unchanged from 2002, including a 17-day fair meet at Fairplex Park in Pomona.
The purse for the American Oaks, the rich addition to Hollywood Park's 2002 spring/summer stakes schedule, will be boosted by $250,000 to $750,000 in 2003. The race will remain an invitational event.
Simulcast television production and the problems inherent with post-time coordination were at the forefront Sept. 24 during second day of the three-day International Simulcasting Conference in Bal Harbor, Fla.
Bits and pieces from around the Thoroughbred industry...
Hollywood Park will complete a major two-part renovation of its racing surfaces next week when the main track will be closed to training next Tuesday and Wednesday.
Albarado honored...Upcoming race meets at Turfway, Hollywood, and Suffolk...Goldthorpe on his own.
Hollywood Park has completed a renovation of the entire one-mile oval portion of its Lakeside Turf Course.
Hollywood Park finished its spring/summer meet Sunday with an 9.4% increase in on-track attendance and record averages for combined common pool handle ($10,599,015) and all sources handle ($11,136,784).
Continental Red hopes to run back to his winning ways in Sunday's Sunset Handicap (gr. IIT) at Hollywood Park, but to do so he will have to defeat a pair of Bobby Frankel runners, never an easy task. The 12-furlong Sunset will be the final stakes at the Hollywood meet that closes Sunday.
Longshot Grammarian arrived from Kentucky on July 15 for his stakes debut in the $250,000 Sunset Handicap (gr. IIT), a 1 1/2-mile turf test on Hollywood Park's closing day program July 21.
Sunday's grade I at Hollywood Park is the first of 16 "Road to the World Thoroughbred Championships" broadcasts.
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