Hollywood Park

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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Photos Of The Week: Farewell, Hollywood Park

This past weekend a bit light on graded stakes action as racing fans await the stakes ‘extravaganza’ that will be offered at Belmont Park on June 6. Santa Anita did see some graded stakes action on Saturday, however, as Spanish Queen took the Grade 1 American Oaks and Catch a Flight captured the G2 Californian. […]

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End Of An Era: Hollywood Park Grandstand Demolished

After nearly eight decades of existence, the Hollywood Park grandstand was demolished early Sunday morning in a controlled implosion. The demolition makes way for proposed plans for the property that include a $2 billion football stadium. According to NBC Los Angeles, supporters of “Bring Back The Rams,” a movement to bring NFL back to Los […]

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RIP Hollywood Park, The End Is Here

It was on life support for nearly a decade and ran its last race in December 2013, but Hollywood Park’s 77-year presence on the Southern California and international horse racing landscape has finally come to end. In the last week, demolition crews have begun to tear down a grandstand that stood proud as the host of […]

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Trainer Mike Mitchell Dies At 66

Trainer Mike Mitchell, an iconic and dominant figure on the Southern California racing landscape for nearly 40 years, passed away Tuesday, at his home in Monrovia following a lengthy battle with brain cancer at age 66. Born April 25, 1948 in Bakersfield and the son of a trainer, Earl Mitchell, Mike Mitchell worked for legendary […]

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Author, Former Racing Executive Lowry Dies

Former racing executive Paul “Biff” Lowry died last week at the age of 87 after a long illness. Lowry worked both in harness racing and Thoroughbreds, joining the publicity department at Hollywood Park in 1947 before becoming publicity director for Western Harness, which operated a circuit in southern California in the 1940s and 1950s. Lowry […]

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The Friday Show: One Tough Ticket Or Ray’s Couch?

For the second consecutive week, the Thoroughbred racing industry is dealing with a major media transaction. As the Paulick Report reported Thursday, The Jockey Club is expected to reveal today that it has completed a purchase of the venerable racing publication, the Blood-Horse. Meanwhile, the Breeders’ Cup announced that tickets go on sale to the public far […]

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A Bittersweet Tribute To The Last Days Of Hollywood Park

As with all endings, the memories have begun to fade with the closure of Hollywood Park more than a year ago. But that doesn’t mean people have forgotten. This week, the Inglewood, Calif., city council unanimously approved an 80,000 seat stadium that could become home to the St. Louis (formerly known as Los Angeles) Rams. […]

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Hollywood’s Historians: Two Former Employees Working to Organize Track Archive

Though Hollywood Park ran its last race months ago, two former employees are working to preserve the track’s extensive collection of historic press notes and film footage. Race Day 360 reported this week that Kip Hannan, former supervisor of production operations in the television department, has been working to preserve the history with Roberta Weiser, […]

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Rams on the Racetrack: NFL Stadium Will Take Over Hollywood Park Site

The Los Angeles Times reported on Monday that the owner of the St. Louis Rams football team has joined forces with Stockbridge Capital Group, the owner of the Hollywood Park racetrack site. Rams owner Stan Kroenke plans to build an 80,000-seat NFL stadium and 6,000-seat performance venue on the land. Korenke owned 60 acres adjacent to […]

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