Dan Eidson, with more than 40 years of experience in Thoroughbred racing in various capacities, has been named racing secretary for the upcoming autumn meet at Betfair Hollywood Park.
The 27-day season–the final meet in the historic track's history–begins Nov. 7 and continues through Dec. 22.
Most recently the stakes coordinator and assistant racing secretary at Hollywood Park, Eidson, 63, succeeds Martin Panza, who was hired as senior vice president of racing operations for the New York Racing Association.
"We have the utmost confidence Dan will do a great job following in Martin's footsteps,'' Hollywood Park president Jack Liebau said. "While we are sorry to lose Martin, we congratulate NYRA on a superb hire.''
A former groom for trainers Cecil Jolly and Hall of Famer Bobby Frankel, Eidson worked as an assistant for several years to trainer Ed Gregson, including 1982 when the stable won the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) with Gato Del Sol. After training briefly on his own, Eidson left it to become assistant racing secretary to Bob Umphrey at Golden Gate Fields.
When Umphrey left Northern California for Florida, Eidson took over as racing secretary at Golden Gate in 1985 and held the position until 2000. After a one-year stint as racing secretary at Delaware Park, Eidson became Panza's assistant and stakes coordinator in 2002.
"I've learned from one of the best, so I'm not lacking in confidence going into this final meet," Eidson said. "I've always loved Hollywood Park, so I feel both honored and sad to be in the position to close things out."
Panza, 50, will remain vice president of racing at Hollywood Park until he assumes his position with NYRA near the end of November.