Times are A-Changin’: California Racing Calender Set for Revamp
Members of the California Horse Racing Board are set to convene May 23 to begin discussions on revamping the 2014 racing calendar in the state – one that won’t include Betfair Hollywood Park.
According to an article in the Blood-Horse, the CHRB will meet in Sacremento, in the Cal Expo grandstand.
Both Santa Anita and Del Mar will benefit from the closure of Betfair Hollywood Park, with both racetracks to increase their racing dates. According to the article, Santa Anita would retain its traditional winter opening Dec. 26, 2013,but would extend its meet to July 6. It is also requesting a fall meet in 2014 that runs from Sept. 25 to Nov. 9.
Del Mar Thoroughbred Club would run its summer schedule from July 16 to Sept. 3 next year and would create a new autumn meet that would last Nov. 5-30. In 2015, Del Mar is requesting an even earlier start—Oct. 28.
Officials from Del Mar want to alternate with Santa Anita as the host site for simulcast wagering during the two-day Breeders’ Cup World Championships, similar to what Hollywood Park did for years when it operated the autumn meet.