Claiming activity in Southern California surged at Hollywood Park this summer, a positive indicator for horse ownership as the popular summer meet at Del Mar completes its first week of the 2011 season.
The just-concluded Hollywood Park 2011 spring/summer stand was off 2.4% in average total handle, according to Hollywood Park officials.
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert won his first spring/summer meet title at Hollywood Park with 36 wins at the just-concluded stand.
Hollywood Park in California has earned re-accreditation from the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Safety and Integrity Alliance.
Jockey Patrick Valenzuela is off his mounts at Hollywood Park July 9 after being unseated in a race the night before. According to his agent, Tom Knust, the 48-year-old rider should return to action July 10.
A two-time group I winner and Horse of the Year in her native Brazil, Celtic Princess finally notched her first stakes win in the United States in her sixth try, handily taking the Royal Heroine Mile (gr. IIT) July 4.
Eswan Flores, already a winner on Quarter Horses, gets his first Thoroughbred victory July 4 over the Hollywood Park turf course. It was the Mexico native's first ride ever over a grass course.
Harmonious returns to her preferred turf course July 4 when she makes her first start in nearly five months in the $150,000 Royal Heroine Mile (gr. IIT) at Hollywood Park.
The Cushion Track at Hollywood Park will remain open for training while the dirt surface at Santa Anita is being renovated in July, the track announced June 30.
Fans in attendance at Hollywood Park for the 72nd renewal of the $500,000 Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I) July 9 will have a chance to become a virtual owner of the horse that wins the track's signature event.
Faced with criticism and a move to decertify it as the official horsemen's organization in California, the Thoroughbred Owners of California held a public forum at Hollywood Park June 25.
- By Tracy Gantz
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The first round of nominations for both the CashCall Futurity (gr. I) and the Hollywood Starlet Stakes (gr. I) are up over last year, according to Martin Panza, Hollywood Park's racing secretary and vice president-racing.
The Michael Baze Memorial Fund has been established to defray the funeral expenses for the late jockey, according to a May 30 Hollywood Park press release.
Jockey Joe Steiner and trainer/owner Bob Leonard combined for long-awaited victory with 71-1 shot Slane Castle at Hollywood Park May 28.
Eclair de Lune is ready for a comeback. The German-bred daughter of Marchand de Sable boosted her resume considerably when she captured the 2010 Beverly D. Stakes at Arlington Park, but has been unable to score a win since.
A memorial for jockey Michael Baze will be held immediately after the races Thursday, June 2 at Hollywood Park.
Whether gross or average figures are used, pari-mutuel handle for the Santa Anita Park winter/spring was down, according to information compiled from various sources.
Hollywood Park will have live racing Thursday through Sunday for a majority of its 54-day Spring/Summer meet, which begins April 21.
TVG will be providing exclusive coverage from Woodbine, Keeneland, and Hollywood Park.
- By Esther Marr
Iconic actress Elizabeth Taylor, who had a lifelong interest in horses and starred in the film "National Velvet," died March 23 at age 79.
During a meeting with the California Horse Racing Board March 14, Hollywood Park made it clear that it wants to remain a part of the racing calendar at least through 2012.
The 72nd running of the $500,000 Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I) tops a stakes schedule worth more than $5.2 million during the 2011 spring/summer meet at Hollywood Park.
Some 35-40 people involved with California racing met at Hollywood Park Feb. 22 to discuss ways in which to improve the state's industry.
Hollywood Park finished its 30th fall season on Dec. 19 with a slight decline in ontrack attendance and a 4.2% drop in all source wagering.
Comma to the Top, who won three stakes on two surfaces, including the $750,000 CashCall Futurity (gr. I), was voted Horse of the Meet in the annual media poll as the autumn meet concluded Sunday.
Comma to the Top's victory in the $750,000 CashCall Futurity (gr. I) at Hollywood Park Dec. 18 was not only the biggest win of Peter Miller's career, it also capped a remarkable meet for the 44-year-old trainer.
Heavy rain in Southern California forced Hollywood Park to cancel racing Dec. 19 prior to the third race, bringing the final day of the 2010 Autumn meet to an unexpected end.
Images from Zenyatta's Hollywood Park retirement celebration and Keeneland appearance. View Slideshow
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert collected the 2,000th win of his carer when the maiden Free Pourin held off Baffert stablemate Tokubetsu in the third race at Hollywood Park Dec. 5.
Hollywood Park will return to a four-day week with live racing Thursday through Sunday for the remaining two weeks of its Autumn meet, the track announced Dec. 2.
Zenyatta, before leaving for Kentucky and motherhood, will parade in the Hollywood Park paddock and on the racetrack in a ceremony Sun., Dec. 5.
After missing narrowly in her last two grade I attempts, Gypsy's Warning broke through by rallying to win the $250,000 Matriarch (gr. IT) Nov. 26 at Hollywood Park.
Due to an insufficient number of entries, the live racing card scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 24, at Golden Gate Fields has been canceled, the track announced.
Before Zenyatta leaves for a new stage of her life as a broodmare at Lane's End Farm in Kentucky, Hollywood Park will stage an appreciation day for the brilliant mare Dec. 5.
Wagering at the recently concluded Oak Tree Racing Association meet, operated for the first time at Hollywood Park, was roughly off by nearly 12% for all sources.
In support of Zenyatta's attempt for a 20th straight victory in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), Hollywood Park in Inglewood, Calif., has placed a 20'x 150' sign on its rooftop that reads, "...Good Luck, Zenyatta!"
Multiple stakes winner Lookin at Lucky worked five furlongs on Hollywood Park's Cushion Track in :59 3/5 Oct. 31 in preparation for the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) Nov. 6 at Churchill Downs.
Zenyatta galloped 1 1/4 miles on the Hollywood Park Cushion Track Oct. 29 a day before her last work prior to the Nov. 6 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.
Trainer John Shirreffs may start training Zenyatta on the dirt this week in preparation for the upcoming Breeders' Cup Classic.
Top 3-year-old colt Lookin At Lucky fired a bullet six-furlong workout at Hollywood Park Oct. 25 as he continues his preparations for the Nov. 6 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.
After experimenting with night racing on Thursdays during the Oak Tree Racing Association meet, Hollywood Park announced Oct. 23 that it will return to the afternoon for its final Thursday card of the meet.
Probable Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) favorite Zenyatta turned in a seven-furlong work in company with a pair of stablemates at Hollywood Park Oct. 22.
Zenyatta, who will defend her title in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) next month at Churchill Downs, turned in a five-furlong breeze at Hollywood Park on Oct. 14.
Trainer John Shirreffs has outlined a tentative plan for Zenyatta as the undefeated mare prepares to defend her title in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 6.
The $100,000 Morvich (gr. IIIT), a six-furlong contest on Hollywood Park's turf course Oct. 11, is a designated "Win and You're In" race for the Nov. 6 BC Turf Sprint at Churchill Downs.
To make up for the day of racing lost to heavy rain Oct. 6, Oak Tree at Hollywood Park will race Wednesday, Oct. 27.
Wet spots on the Hollywood Park Cushion Track following a flash rainstorm in the morning forced officials to cancel its Oak Tree racing program Oct. 6.
The Thoroughbred Owners of California is offering two free "conformation clinics" to the public at Hollywood Park and the Big Fresno Fair Oct. 9.
- By Tom LaMarra
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