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The historic venue stages 11 Grade 1 events, headed by its signature event, the Hollywood Gold Cup, plus a lucrative turf festival in November featuring the Hollywood Derby and American Oaks. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Under terms of the five-year deal, Hollywood Park was renamed "Betfair Hollywood Park in what was the first naming rights agreement for a horse racing venue in the United States. BILL DWYRE

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Plays of the Day. Video Play of the Day. Older Comments about Hollywood Park Show All 0 Comments. Auction of memorabilia went well. I had seen photos of those. Imagine if they auctioned of Zenyatta's patch of grass or that tree? I bet they had offers on those. Would anyone be surprised if the attendance today was twice the attendance for the Gold Cup this year? Amino, today in Race 8. She can run,may just live up to her name. In the 10th race Stake. Great picture of the Shoe in his wheelchair and Pincay in the winners circle.

Barbra B is owned by Roy Gill, an Arizona rancher. Imported from Ireland, Fair Truckle is owned by C. Howard, who became famous as the owner of Seabiscuit; the 4-year-old stallion is trained by Howard Philpot and ridden by Johnny Longden, who would go on to win the Kentucky Derby both as a jockey and trainer. Okay, penultimate chat, let's do this. Show All 1 Comments Jay S. Amino, like the Awesome Turfer yesterday.

Also Drill may be interesting. Show All 38 Comments Mary Z. Then, not too bad. I had one of those days where i sure wished Jimmy "The Schnozz " Durante sired most of my picks.

Thats' Ok, my friend had a great day. What happened to Baffs in the Stake,i missed the start. Saw him dead last. Only negative think about the race for friend was that the 3 nailed the 1 at the wire for 4th. The track will run its last race Dec. All but two of the 12 flamingos were caught.

The other two escaped, but Kasielke will return in a week or two to complete the mission. I wish they might go to Gulfstream. The remains of Native Diver will be moved to Del Mar. Landaluce is going to Spendthrift, as that is where she was bred. It hasn't been determined as of yet, where Great Communicator will be moved too. Hopefully, Great Communicator will be situated soon. In , the grandstand and clubhouse were destroyed by a fire; the rebuilt facility reopened in In , the racetrack was extended from one mile 1.

By the late s the racetrack Hollywood Park, though frequented by celebrities, was near the point of bankruptcy. Also in , Hollywood Park Inc.

In May after the departure of the Rams for St. After the deal fell through the Raiders returned to Oakland, California. Boomtown operated and owed casinos in several cities such as Las Vegas and New Orleans. Boomtown merged with the casino operator Pinnacle Entertainment in According to Bay Meadows officials, the continuation of Hollywood Park as a racing venue after that depended on California allowing more gambling, like slot machines, to the track.

Some of the Hollywood Park land was sold to real estate developers to build a new housing community called the Inglewood Renaissance. Development began in New grass was planted on the turf course after Hollywood Park's spring-summer meet in Due to safety concerns, however, turf racing was not conducted for that year's autumn meet.

As a result, several major stakes races that comprised Hollywood's Autumn Turf Festival were cancelled that year. After the conclusion of Hollywood's spring-summer meet in , it was announced that a second chute would be built inside the turf course to accommodate sprint races at six furlongs. This followed a similar move by Monmouth Park to build a turf chute for sprint races. In , Hollywood Park played host for the first time to Oak Tree. The Hollywood Park Racing Association and Betfair US, the Los Angeles-based subsidiary of Betfair that also owns TVG Network , completed a historic agreement March 13, intended to transform the customer experience for fans at the venue as well as online and on television.

Under terms of the five-year deal, Hollywood Park was renamed "Betfair Hollywood Park in what was the first naming rights agreement for a horse racing venue in the United States.

On May 9, in a letter to employees, Hollywood Park president F. Jack Liebau announced that the track would be closing at the end of their fall racing season in In the letter, Liebau stated that the acres on which the track sits "now simply has a higher and better use", and that "in the absence of a favorable change in racing's business model, the ultimate development of the Hollywood property was inevitable".

It was expected that the track would be demolished and replaced by housing units, park land and an entertainment complex, while the casino would be renovated.

On December 22, at 6: The complex was demolished in to make way for a new residential complex. Louis Rams , purchased a acre parcel of land adjacent to the track property and The Forum with the intentions of building a National Football League stadium on the land.

On February 24, , the Inglewood City Council approved a plan to build an 70,seat football stadium on the site in anticipation of the St. Louis Rams moving back to Los Angeles which was the team's previous home from until In October , the last part of the former track, the Casino, was demolished and a new Hollywood Park Casino was opened next door. Construction of the new stadium and redevelopment of the former track site began in earnest. The track regularly seated 10, people.

A new Cushion Track racing surface was installed in September, to replace the existing dirt, making Hollywood Park the first track in California to meet the California Horse Racing Board's guideline that all tracks in the state replace dirt surfaces with a safer artificial surface by the end of These races were the graded stakes races run at Hollywood Park.