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Heavy Rain Closes Hollywood Park Early

Track cancels prior to the third race due to safety concerns

Heavy rain in Southern California over the past two days forced Hollywood Park to cancel racing Dec. 19 prior to the third race, bringing the final day of the 2010 Autumn meet to an abbreviated end.

Track president Jack Liebau met with jockeys briefly before the track announcer Vic Stouffer made the cancellation announcement. Several jockeys, including Mike Smith, inspected portions of Hollywood's Cushion Track after the second race.

The track reported that there was a concern with a saturated area where the six-furlong chute and main track meet and that was the main cause of the cancellation.

“Coming out of the chute, it was just too deep,” Smith told Daily Racing Form.

Hollywood lost seven races on the closing-day card. The $75,000 On Trust Handicap for California-breds over 7 1/2 furlongs, was among the races canceled.

“Concern for the safety of the jockeys is something that is always of paramount importance,’’ said Liebau in a statement from the track. “There was a suggestion by the jockeys to shorten all remaining races to six furlongs, and some thought was given to doing that, but that would not have been fair to the wagering public across the nation who may not be made aware of those changes."