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Final Hollywood Meet Commences Nov. 7

Four grade I races and Autumn Turf Festival once again highlight 27-day fall stand.

The final meet in the 75-year history of Betfair Hollywood Park will begin Thursday, Nov. 7.

The track is scheduled to close for racing for good at the conclusion of the 27-day autumn meet Dec. 22. The long-expected decision to close the facility in favor of a commercial and residential development was announced earlier this year.

The stand is highlighted once again by four grade I races and the annual Autumn Turf Festival (Nov. 29-Dec. 1).

Two of the grade I events are on grassthe $250,000 Matriarch and $250,000 Hollywood Derby. Both are part of the Festival and will be run Dec. 1.

Two-year-olds are spotlighted in the other grade I racesthe $500,000 Hollywood Starlet and the $750,000 CashCall Futurityto be contested on the all-weather main track.

Won a year ago in last-to-first fashion by Pure Fun, the Starlet is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 7.

Sponsored by the consumer loans company founded by prominent owner-breeder J. Paul Reddam, the CashCall Futurity, which was taken by Violence  in 2012, will be run Dec. 14.

Two-year-olds are in  the spotlight on the opening weekend as well, with the $100,000 Moccasin Stakes for fillies Nov. 9, and the $100,000 Hollywood Prevue (gr. III) Nov. 10. Both races are contested at seven furlongs on Cushion Track. The Moccasin, a prep for the Starlet, returns to this season's schedule following a one-year absence.

Racing will be conducted four days a week (Thursday-Sunday) throughout the season with three exceptions. In commemoration of Veterans Day, special holiday racing will be offered Monday, Nov. 11. There will be no racing Nov. 14 and Dec. 19, both Thursdays.

Post time will be 12:30 p.m. PST daily except for an 11 a.m. PST start Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28. Track gates will open at 9:55 a.m. (9:30 a.m. Nov. 28) for simulcasts.

The wagering menu will continue to offer the Player’s Pick 5, now a staple on the Southern California circuit after being introduced at the 2011 spring/summer meet. The 50-cent minimum wager with a reduced 14% takeout will be offered daily on races 1-5.

There will be a $150,000 guaranteed Pick Six each Saturday of the meet.