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Closing day to mark more than end of meet

As first reported this morning by Christina Blacker of HRTV, the end of the road is for all intents and purposes official for Hollywood Park after management issued a letter to their employees stating they will not request live racing dates for 2014. The final day of racing in Inglewood will come with the conclusion of this year’s autumn meet on December 22.

It’s been at times a great run for the track of the lakes and flowers, but not so over the last decade with a dilapidated building, declining product and scarce attendance. Let’s hope the racing industry can turn this into a positive wake-up call with additional dates for Santa Anita and Del Mar and a resolution to the expansion of either Fairplex Park or Los Alamitos.

A four-horse field to start the week and a pair of allowance optional claiming races that have just five runners further illustrate the circuit’s continuing deficiencies.

Slotted as the featured seventh race is a second-level $62,500 allowance optional claimer for older females traveling 1 1/16-miles on Cushion Track chasing a purse of $57,000.

Exiting a fourth-place finish beaten two lengths in the Wilshire Handicap (Grade 3) on April 28, Esentepe is the 6-to-5 morning line favorite. Rafael Bejarano climbs aboard for the first time in the fourth U.S. start for the four-year-old Irish-bred Oratorio filly trained by Jerry Hollendorfer.  Read More

 

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I vote TV pay all of his knowledge and capital forward. Let's see if this know-it-all truly cares enough to risk his livelihood for a broken product. All hail cushion track!
Yeah, shame on those MBA's that understand if you keep going in the red, you can't survive. Zenyatta saved the track from turmoil years ago. Don't know WTF any of you expected after that!
Well grew up there played there had fun there location was a big factor..of all places.. hate to see a major So. Cal Track.. being torn down
Just imagine what that place will look like come mid December.....I can only imagine.
One year more of racing, at least. I was thinking this was the final year. Still sad.
As long as the 30 something dumb bastard MBA's are at the helm they will NEVER consider beautifying anything except THEIR OWN BOTTOM LINE....Racing is in the hands of goons nowadays that only look at the balance sheet.
As I said at the other thread, this is extremely sad news. I would not describe Hollywood Park as other than peaceful and beautiful, but then I don't look at it with a critical eye. Whichever track takes its dates will have to somehow attempt to come near to replicating Hollywood Park's turf course. I suppose the horses and people with Hollywood Park as their home will have to adapt to the move, but how can they not miss the tranquility and their routines? I'll pay a last visit this fall. Sad.

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