Betfair Hollywood Park

Bidding at Hollywood Auction ‘Exceeded Expectations’

The two-day Hollywood Park auction of assets exceeded expectations, according to Mark Weitz of GA Global Partners, who managed the sale at the famed Southern California race track, which officially closed on December 22. Some 1,400 lots of track memorabilia, photos and signage along with industrial, track and kitchen equipment were auctioned off over January […]

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Two-Day Webcast Auction Offers Hollywood Park Items, Equipment

Artwork, memorabilia, as well as audio and video equipment and track maintenance tools will be among the items from the recently-shuttered Hollywood Park to be offered during a two-day live webcast auction set for Jan. 24-25, according to the Blood-Horse. A live inspection will be held at the track from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Jan. 22-23 […]

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Hovdey: ‘You Had to Be There’

As the news turns to Santa Anita Park’s impending meet, debates about Eclipse awards and Derby projections, Jay Hovdey writes in the Daily Racing Form that it’s hard to turn the page on the sad story of Hollywood Park’s end on Sunday night. Hovdey noted that the track’s last gasp was largely without the majesty […]

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Photos of the Week: 12.23.13

Horse racing said a sad farewell to Betfair Hollywood Park last week, but not before trainer Jerry Hollendorfer set a track record with seven stakes victories in the fall meet. Across the country Gulfstream Park continued its meet with Mr. Speaker’s win in the Dania Beach Stakes. Much Macho Man looked sharp as he continues […]

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Shared Belief, Bejarano, Baffert Take Honors in Final Hollywood Meet

Hollywood Park wrapped 75 years of history with the conclusion of the 2013 Autumn meet Sunday. In its final 27-day season, the legendary track showed a gain in field size. The average field size in 2013 was 8.15 starters per race compared to 7.89 a year ago and 7.33 in 2011. Complete handle and Southern […]

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California Chrome Brings Curtain Down in King Glorious

An enthusiastic crowd helped send Hollywood Park into the sunset as the historic track, which opened June 10, 1938, offered its final day of live racing Sunday. The paid on-track attendance was 13,283, but thousands more made their way into the legendary facility after admission became free shortly before the fourth race was made official. […]

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Baffert, Sadler Reflect on Hollywood Experience

Long before trainer Bob Baffert was inducted into the Hall of Fame, an impromptu trip to Hollywood Park left an indelible impression on the Nogales, Arizona native. After a brief stint as a quarter horse rider in 1970, he and a friend traveled to California and spent a day at the Inglewood track. “I remember […]

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Hollendorfer Sets Hollywood Park Fall Meet Record With Soviet Problem Victory

Favored Swiss Lake Yodeler wore down 23-1 shot Rovenna in the final yards to win the $200,250 Soviet Problem Stakes Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park. The victory in the race restricted to 2-year-old fillies bred or sired in California enabled Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer to establish an Autumn meet record. The one-length score […]

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Hollywood Park Memories: Everett Lived Horse Racing

Marjorie Everett didn’t invent the concept of “management by walking around” but she certainly practiced it during her nearly 20-year reign as the Hollywood Park “boss” from 1972-’91. Everett ran the Track of Lakes and Flowers during some glorious years after being booted out of Chicago following a racetrack stock bribery scandal that sent former […]

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