Hollywood Park

Vic Stauffer Named Track Announcer At Oaklawn Park

One of the most recognized and experienced voices in Thoroughbred racing will step into Oaklawn’s announcer’s booth when one of the most successful racing seasons in America opens in 2017. Vic Stauffer, who has called more than 40,000 races at nearly a dozen tracks across the country, will be just the sixth track announcer in […]

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Del Mar Drops Overnight Purses ‘About 10 Percent’

For the second year in a row, Del Mar Thoroughbred Club will be decreasing its overnight purses, reports bloodhorse.com. Vice president Tom Robbins noted that the decreases would be seen at “about 10 percent across the board.” Reasons for the reduction in purses boil down to the fact that, without slots or casino revenue, Del […]

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More Stalls, Fewer Races: Possible Solutions To California Racing’s Problems

Hollywood Park’s 2013 closure was symptomatic of the state of California racing, according to journalist Daniel Ross. He’s taken an in-depth statistical look at some of the state’s major issues, and sought out the opinions of major racing figures on how those issues might be solved. Stall space is one of the largest issues, reports […]

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Santa Anita Kicks Off 40-Day Spring Meet Thursday

Santa Anita’s 40-day Spring Meeting will get underway on Thursday, May 5, with first post time set for 2 p.m.  On Saturday, May 7, Santa Anita Park will be the place to be as The Great Race Place will host the biggest Kentucky Derby Party west of Louisville, with admission gates opening at 7:15 a.m. […]

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Piece Of The Pie: Bottom Line Reunites Breeders’ Cup And Churchill Downs

Whenever someone says it isn’t about the money you can be sure of one thing: It’s about the money. Money is the reason that, when the Breeders’ Cup returns to Churchill Downs for a record ninth time in 2018, it will have been seven years since the Louisville, Ky., racetrack played host to horse racing’s […]

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‘Tremendous Amount Of Uncertainty’: California Racing After The Closure Of Hollywood Park

Hollywood Park in California closed nearly two years ago, but the effects of that closure are still being felt throughout the state’s racing industry. Stabling has become a major concern, especially for small-scale trainers, chronicles the Thoroughbred Racing Commentary. Just last year, nearby Fairplex Park closed its doors. “I’m not saying it’s gotten any better, […]

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Original Hollywood Park Stadium Deal With Raiders May Have Benefited Racing

It would have been the first combined NFL stadium and racetrack in the world, but it never happened. Approximately 20 years ago, a deal was proposed to bring an entertainment complex to Southern California that combined the now-defunct Hollywood Park, the Raiders football team, and an entire entertainment complex, according to the Los Angeles Times. […]

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St. Louis Rams Moving Back To L.A., New Stadium On Former Hollywood Park Site

NFL owners gave their approval Tuesday to allow the St. Louis Rams to move back to Los Angeles for the 2016 season. According to an article in the Los Angeles Times, NFL owners approved the move by a vote of 30-2. The Rams will move to Inglewood, and play in a new stadium being built on the site […]

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Keeneland Select Presents Breeders’ Cup Photo Finishes: Hollywood Drama

The 1987 Breeders’ Cup Classic at Hollywood Park had all the ingredients of a great movie, and it certainly lived up to the hype. With Ferdinand and Alysheba among the starters, it marked the first time since 1979, when Affirmed defeated Spectacular Bid in the Jockey Club Gold Cup, that two Kentucky Derby winners would […]

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Television Legend, Longtime Racing Fan Dick Van Patten Dies At 86

Actor Dick Van Patten, whose career on stage and screen spanned close to eighty years, died Tuesday morning in California. He was 86. According to a report in Variety, Van Patten died at Saint John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, Calif., due to complications from diabetes. Van Patten began his career on the Broadway stage as […]

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