The Week in Photos for 12/27/2013

Farewell Hollywood Park, Santa Anita, Gulfstream, Fair Grounds, Japan, Turfway Park.

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After 75 years, Hollywood Park hosted it's final 11 races Sunday, December 22, 2013 at the Inglewood oval before closing the doors for good. The city of Inglewood has approved plans to demolish the "track of lakes and flowers", and build nearly 3,000 homes on the 238-acre site along with retail outlets, offices, and a park. Fans line up for a last look.

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Swiss Lake Yodeler and Rafael Bejarano win the $200,000 Soviet Problem Stakes giving trainer Jerry Hollendorfer the record (7) for stakes races won at a Fall meet at Betfair Hollywood Park.

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Mr Speaker found a rail seam in upper stretch and skimmed to a 10-1 surprise in the $100,000 Grade III Dania Beach Stakes at Gulfstream Park.

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Photo: Leslie Martin / Coglianese Photo

Gervinho and Rafael Bejarano (outside) get up on the last jump to win the Grade II $200,000 Sir Beaufort Stakes at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, CA.

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Japanese star Orfevre bowed out of racing in fine style when winning the Arima Kinen (Jpn-I) by a commanding eight lengths at Nakayama in Japan.

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Photo: Masakazu Takahashi

Orfevre Retirement Ceremony

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Photo: Masakazu Takahashi

Shakin It Up and jockey David Flores capture the Grade I $300,000 Malibu Stakes at Santa Anita Park.

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The field breaks from the starting gate for the last time before Hollywood Park closes for good.

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Woodmans Luck goes down in history as the last horse to win at Hollywood Park.

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Rosie Napravnik urges on Sum Of The Parts to capture the 8th running of the $75,000 Bonapaw Stakes at Fair Grounds in Louisiana.

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Photo: Hodges Photography / Lynn Roberts

Class Included with Shaun Bridgmohan battles past Bluegrass Sapphire and jockey Mark Guidry to win the 6th running of the Blushing K. D. Handicap at Fair Grounds.

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Photo: Hodges Photography / Lynn Roberts

River Seven overcame a lack of experience on dirt to post a track-record win over a good field in the $100,000 Harlan's Holiday Stakes at odds of 12-1 at Gulfstream Park.

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Photo: Leslie Martin / Coglianese Photo

Fair Grounds outriders (l-r) Pete Love, Darrin Cain & Robert Meyer get into the Christmas spirit decorating their horses with Santa Claus head bands, for the running of the Santa Claus Classic at Fair Grounds.

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Photo: Hodges Photography / Alexander Barkoff

Prayer For Relief with David Flores aboard turns for home in front and goes on to win the 49th running of the Tenacious Handicap at Fair Grounds.

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Photo: Hodges Photography / Alexander Barkoff

Jose Osorio Jr. scored his first career victory in race 4 aboard Magic Lily at Gulfstream Park.

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Photo: Adam Coglianese

Fellow jockeys celebrate with Jose Osorio Jr. after his first career victory at Gulfstream Park.

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Heir Kitty and jockey Gary Stevens (second from right) win the Grade I $300,000 La Brea Stakes at Santa Anita Park.

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Cyber Secret and Israel Ocampo take the Prarie Bayou Stakes at Turfway Park setting a new track record of 1:42.26 for 1 1/16 miles.

Photo: John C. Engelhardt/Pat Lang Photography

Trainer Dan McFarlane celebrated his 1000th Career Win when Enter Back won race 9 at Turf Paradise in Phoenix, Arizona.

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California Chrome and Victor Espinoza win the $200,000 King Glorious Stakes at Betfair Hollywood Park.

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Daddy Nose Best with David Flores aboard wins the 8th running of the "Buddy" Diliberto Memorial Handicap at Fair Grounds.

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Photo: Hodges Photography / Lou Hodges Jr.

AZ Ridge is victorious in the Hank Mills Sr. Handicap at Turf Paradise.

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Jockey Rosie Napravnik aboard Divine Beauty turns for home on the outside and begins her charge to the front to win the 4th running of the $60,000 Letellier Memorial Overnight Stakes at Fair Grounds.

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Photo: Hodges Photography / Alexander Barkoff

Albano with jockey Kerwin Clark aboard wins the 4th running of the Sugar Bowl Overnight Stakes at Fair Grounds.

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Photo: Hodges Photography / Lou Hodges Jr.

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