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CHRB OKs Further Cuts in Hollywood Dates

In a sign of how the tightening economy has affected tracks in the state, the California Horse Racing Board acquiesced to a request from Hollywood Park to eliminate the final five Wednesdays of the current spring/summer meet, which runs through July 19.

CashCall Mile Purse Boosted to $1 Million

The CashCall Mile Invitational Stakes (gr. IIT) will become Hollywood Park's richest race with a $1-million purse and will also be run at night in 2007. The race will be carded July 6 along with the $150,000 A Gleam Invitational Handicap (gr. II) and the $100,000-added Flawlessly Stakes on the Friday night program.

Cushion Track Praised as Hollywood Opens

California horsemen, who have been nearly unanimous in their praise of the new Hollywood surface in recent weeks of training, continued to give Cushion Track a thumbs up after the first day of racing at the fall meeting.

New 'Cushion Track' Attracts Out-of-Towners

Hollywood Park, which will debut its Cushion Track for racing when its fall meet begins Nov. 1, is expecting some out-of-town trainers to send horses after the Nov. 4 Breeders' Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs.

Hollywood Park Cancels All Turf Racing at Autumn Meet

Citing dissatisfaction with its newly-installed turf course, Hollywood Park announced Tuesday there will be no grass racing at the 31-day autumn meet that begins Nov. 9. The announcement said purses from the eight graded races scheduled for the meet will be redirected to overnight purses.

Japanese Oaks Winner to Arrive at Hollywood

Cesario, winner of Japanese Oaks (Jpn-I) in her last start on May 22, is scheduled to arrive at Hollywood Park Monday for the $750,000 American Oaks (gr. IT) on July 3, racing secretary Martin Panza said Friday.

Hollywood Gold Cup Returns to Handicap

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The Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I), one of the nation's premier races since Seabiscuit won the inaugural running in 1938, will be returned to its handicap status for the 66th running on July 9.

CHRB Takes Second Look at Jockey Weights

For the second time in less than nine months, the California Horse Racing Board approved a 45-day public comment period for a series of rule changes that would replace the scale of weights assigned to horses starting in the state.

French Lady Invited to American Oaks

French Lady, a New Zealand import which joined the Neil Drysdale stable last week, was extended an alternate invitation Sunday to the $750,000 American Oaks (gr. I) July 3 by Hollywood Park racing secretary Martin Panza.

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