Betfair Hollywood Park will begin its 33rd and final Autumn Meet Thursday, Nov. 7.
Scheduled for 27 days through Sunday, Dec. 22, the meet is highlighted by four Grade I events and the annual Autumn Turf Festival (Nov. 29-Dec. 1).
Two of the Grade I events are on grass – the $250,000 Matriarch and $250,000 Hollywood Derby. Both are part of the Festival and will be run Sunday, Dec. 1.
Two-year-olds are spotlighted in the other Grade I’s – the $500,000 guaranteed Hollywood Starlet and the $750,000-guaranteed CashCall Futurity.
Won a year ago in last-to-first fashion by Pure Fun, the Starlet is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 7.
Sponsored by the consumer loans company founded by renowned owner-breeder J. Paul Reddam, the CashCall Futurity, which was taken by Violence in 2012, will be run Saturday, Dec. 14.
Racing will be conducted four days a week (Thursday-Sunday) throughout the season with three exceptions. In commemoration of Veterans Day, special holiday racing will be offered Monday, Nov. 11 and there will be no racing Thursday, Nov. 14 and Thursday, Dec. 19.
Post time will be 12:30 p.m. daily except for an 11 a.m. start Thursday, Nov. 28 (Thanksgiving). Track gates will open at 9:55 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Nov. 28 – for simulcasts.
The first stakes on the Autumn schedule is the $100,000 Moccasin, which will be run for the 26th time Saturday, Nov. 9.
An ungraded event for 2-year-old fillies at seven furlongs over Cushion Track, the Moccasin, which returns to the stakes calendar after a one-year absence, is a prep for the Hollywood Starlet.
Entries for the Moccasin will be taken Wednesday, Nov. 6
Free box seats will be offered every Thursday and Friday. Thursdays will also offer $5 admission – with Gold Club card – for seniors (55 and older). Parking and program are included.
Happy Hour drink specials and Mexican food items will be available 2-4 p.m. on Fiesta Fridays and Gold Club members can enter to win a $100 mutuel voucher.
The wagering menu will continue to offer the Player’s Pick 5, now a staple on the Southern California circuit after being introduced at the 2011 Spring/Summer meet. The 50 cent minimum wager with a reduced 14% takeout will be offered daily on Races 1-5.
There will be a $150,000 guaranteed Pick Six each Saturday of the meet. Should the pool surpass $200,000, $1 Happy Hour food and drink specials will be available at Whittingham’s Pub and the Betfair Players’ Lounge.
Additionally, a single winning ticket –purchased either at Betfair Hollywood Park or through Television Games Network (TVG) – will earn a bonus – a new Prius- courtesy of Toyota of Orange.