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.
- By Scott Davis
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.
Megahertz, the English-bred 3-year-old filly who has developed into a budding superstar for Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel, faces an international cast in Saturday's inaugural running of the $500,000 American Oaks at Hollywood Park.
Sprint king Kona Gold is the heavy 3-5 favorite in a field of 10 heading toward Saturday's grade II, $300,000 Triple Bend Breeders' Cup Handicap at Hollywood Park.
A competitive field has been entered for the $150,000 American Handicap, a grade II turf event July 4 at Hollywood Park. The holiday program includes the $100,000 Landaluce Stakes, a grade III event for 2-year-old fillies.
After a second meeting of trainers and track officials, Hollywood Park on June 30 averted a threatened boycott of entries by trainers unhappy with soaring workers' compensation insurance costs.
Trainer Bobby Frankel notched another stakes win Sunday when Inesperado closed from the back of the pack to win in the $182,600 Cinema Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Hollywood Park. Under Kent Desormeaux, the French-bred son of Zayyani completed the 1 1/8 miles in 1:47.63 on the firm turf.
Trainers unhappy with soaring workers' compensation insurance costs refused to enter any horses for the July 3 races at Hollywood Park following a 90-minute meeting with Southern California racing association officials June 29.
Astra takes her place in history with a repeat victory in the Beverly Hills Handicap.
Cyclorama, a leading turf filly in the East, was scheduled to be flown from New York on June 28 to join the cast for the inaugural $500,000 American Oaks for 3-year-old fillies at 1 14-miles on the turf. The race will be run at Hollywood Park on July 6.
Recently retired Hall of Fame rider Chris McCarron will be signing memorabilia at Hollywood Park on July 6 as part of a "Jockeys Across America" fundraiser for the Don McBeth Memorial Jockey Fund.
Inesperado might feel more inspiration than usual when he lines up for the $200,000-added Cinema Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Hollywood Park Sunday.
European horses invited to the inaugural $500,000 American Oaks for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/4 miles on turf July 6 at Hollywood Park are expected to arrive Monday, according to Hollywood Park racing secretary Martin Panza.
Chris McCarron, whose mounts have earned more money than any jockey in history, seems destined to expand that figure on Sunday when he takes his last ride on Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) champion Came Home in Hollywood Park's $100,000 Affirmed Handicap (gr. III).
If there was anyone who doubted Milwaukee Brew, they'd better think again. Proving his four-length romp in the Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) in March wasn't a fluke but instead a sign, the brawny bay changed his tactics and still came up big on June 15, running down Bosque Redondo late to win the $500,000 Californian Stakes (gr. II) at nine furlongs.
Adoration and favored Saint Bernadette dueled for the lead around the second turn before Adoration gained a short lead in the stretch and held on to win Saturday's $266,800 Hollywood Breeders' Cup Oaks (gr. II) by a length at Hollywood Park.
Denon made amends for two disappointing races earlier this year with a 1 1/4-length victory in Saturday's $350,000 Charles Whittingham Handicap (gr. IT) at Hollywood Park.
Kentucky Derby (gr. I) sixth-place finisher Came Home will return to the races June 23 at Hollywood Park in the Affirmed Stakes (gr. III), the final local prep for the $500,000 Swaps Stakes (gr. II) on July 14.
The Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap (gr. IT) will be renewed Saturday at Hollywood Park, with two of the trainers with horses entered in the race having ties to the man for whom the race is named. Laura de Seroux, who was an exercise rider for the trainer from 1973-89, will saddle Startac, while Neil Drysdale, a Whittingham assistant for four years, sends out Sarafan.
Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) winner Milwaukee Brew returns to the races Saturday to face eight horses in the $500,000 Californian Stakes at Hollywood Park. The track offers three graded stakes for Saturday's card, which features a $1 million guaranteed pick six and a bobblehead doll giveaway.
Hollywood Park will offer a stakes tripleheader worth $1.1 million in purses June 15. Along with a strong 10-race program, the Inglewood, Calif., racetrack will offer a pick six with a $1-million guaranteed pool and give away Bob Baffert bobblehead dolls.
Racing and breeding news and information.
That chestnut blur you saw zooming across the Hollywood turf on June 8 was Megahertz. Don't blink or you may miss her. So far, the 3-year-old daughter of Pivotal has been unstoppable since she first set foot on local shores, and her sniper-like triumph in the $164,050 Honeymoon Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIT) suggests she just might run the stakes table this summer.
Less than a year ago Futural won the grade I, $750,000 Hollywood Gold Cup by 1 1/2 lengths before being disqualified and placed third. Thursday at Hollywood Park the 6-year-old son of Future Storm finished last as the 9-5 favorite while racing for a claiming tag of $80,000.
Trainer Ron McAnally hopes to spring an upset in the $200,000 Honeymoon Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIT) Saturday at Hollywood Park with French-import Alozaina. If he does, he will tie the late trainer Charlie Whittingham for most Honeymoon victories.
Trainer Richard Mandella is planning to enter two Brazilian-bred horses in the 1 1/8-mile Californian Stakes (gr. II) at Hollywood Park June 15, Eddie Read Handicap (gr. IT) winner Redattore and recent optional claiming race winner Investor's Dream.
Eight-year-old Kona Gold returns, takes the Los Angeles Handicap under 125 pounds.
Doc Holiday used front-running tactics to win Saturday's $106,500 Will Rogers Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Hollywood Park. The mild upset helped cause a $166,631 pick six carryover heading into Sunday's card.
Eclipse champion Kona Gold will make his 2002 debut in Sunday's Los Angeles Handicap (gr. III) at Hollywood Park. Kona Gold concedes 10 to 13 pounds to his five rivals.
The proposed transfer of Los Angeles County Fair racing dates from Fairplex to Santa Anita Park has drawn immediate opposition from another tenant of Santa Anita, the Oak Tree Racing Association, as well as others.
Eclipse champion Kona Gold is expected to make his 2002 debut in the June 2 Los Angeles Handicap (gr. III) at Hollywood Park. Alex Solis will ride the 8-year-old gelding in the six-furlong race.
The Allen E. Paulson Living Trust's Azeri has only raced seven times, but the 4-year-old daughter of Jade Hunter has built a solid resume, winning six of those races including Saturday's decisive win in the $211,400 Milady Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. I) at Hollywood Park.
Hollywood Park's first race Monday is the $150,000 Lazaro Barrera Memorial Stakes (gr. II), the first of three graded stakes on the track's holiday card.
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