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Hollywood Park Meet Off to Good Start

With two weeks of its 31-day autumn meet complete, Hollywood Park reports significant increases in attendance and wagering. Average daily on-track handle of $1,589,326 is up 5.9% through nine racing days, while on-track attendance has increased 8.5% from a year ago.

Hollywood Park Meet Off to Good Start

With two weeks of its 31-day autumn meet complete, Hollywood Park reports significant increases in attendance and wagering. Average daily on-track handle of $1,589,326 is up 5.9% through nine racing days, while on-track attendance has increased 8.5% from a year ago.

From the Magazine: Fonz's Returns With Victory

From the Magazine: Fonz's Returns With Victory

Sure, he looked strong, and there seemed to be some promise in his bloodlines. Then again, the chestnut colt had hind ankles questionable enough that most buyers simply turned their backs. For trainer David LaCroix, the $10,500 price tag represented a bargain, a gamble, a chance. There really was no further reason for him to think, or to dream, any bigger. That horse, Fonz's, returned from a nearly six-month layoff to win the $100,000 Hollywood Prevue Stakes (gr. III) Saturday at Hollywood Park.

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Fairplex To Move In 2002?

The Los Angeles County Fair in Pomona, Calif., may have run its last horse race when the 2001 Fairplex Park meeting ended Sept. 24. According to published reports, next year's fair dates, tentatively scheduled for Sept. 13-29, will be run at Hollywood Park.

Keith Chamblin Gets NTRA Promotion

Keith Chamblin, vice president of marketing for the National Thoroughbred Racing Association since 1999, has been promoted to senior vice president of marketing and industry relations. Chamblin, 39, was working as marketing director of Hollywood Park when he was tapped to move to Lexington to take over the NTRA position two years ago.
The man he replaced at the NTRA marketing post, Rick Baedeker, eventually assumed the presidency of Hollywood Park after it was bought by Churchill Downs.

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Pincay Powers Hollywood Park Curtain-Closer

Pincay Powers Hollywood Park Curtain-Closer

After months of worry over the potential for power loss because of a statewide electricity crisis, Hollywood Park was energized by an exciting conclusion to its spring-summer meet Monday thanks to tight races for the jockey and trainer titles. Laffit Pincay Jr. edged Alex Solis in the race for leading jockey, while Jack Carava nipped Bob Baffert in the trainers' race.

Pincay Powers Hollywood Park Curtain-Closer

After months of worry over the potential for power loss because of a statewide electricity crisis, Hollywood Park was energized by an exciting conclusion to its spring-summer meet Monday thanks to tight races for the jockey and trainer titles. Laffit Pincay Jr. edged Alex Solis in the race for leading jockey, while Jack Carava nipped Bob Baffert in the trainers' race.

Shine Again, Georgia's Storm Post Victories at Hollywood Park

After winning a duel with Lesters Boy early on, Smile Again was headed in the stretch by 13-10 favorite Freedom Crest before fighting back to post a neck-length win in Saturday's $100,000 Bel Air Handicap (gr. II) at Hollywood Park. Earlier on the card, 2-year-old filly Georgia's Storm led from wire-to-wire in winning the $108,400 Landaluce Stakes (gr. III) under Chris McCarron.

Three Graded Stakes Highlight Hollywood Park's Saturday

Graded stakes winners Out of Mind and Freedom Crest are the leading contenders in $100,000 Bel Air Handicap (gr. II), one of three stakes on Hollywood Park's Saturday card. The other races include the $100,000 Royal Heroine Stakes (gr. III) and the $100,000 Landaluce Stakes (gr. III)

Student Versus Teacher in Bel Air

It will be student versus teacher in the $100,000 Bel Air Handicap at Hollywood Park when trainer Richard Baltas and Freedom Crest meets the Richard Mandella-trained Out Of Mind. Baltas assisted Mandella for 1 1/2 years before going out on his own.

45-1 Longshot Ceeband Upsets Squirtle Squirt in Triple Bend

Squirtle Squirt dueled with Explicit through blistering early fractions before being caught at the wire by 45-1 longshot Ceeband in Sunday's $296,000 Triple Bend Breeders' Cup Invitational Handicap (gr. II) at Hollywood Park. Bred in California by Cecelia Straub-Rubens, breeder of reigning Horse of the Year Tiznow, Ceeband returned $91.80, $25.40, and $13.80 and led a $1 exacta worth $167.90.

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