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Saratoga and Del Mar 2017

Hollywood Park abandons Friday night schedule

Betfair Hollywood Park will conduct racing on Friday afternoons for the upcoming spring-summer meeting, track president Jack Liebau said on Monday. The decision ends more than two decades of racing on Friday evenings during the spring-summer meet.

The track’s application for a spring-summer meeting from April 24 to July 14 will be heard by the California Horse Racing Board on Thursday. The application states that Hollywood Park will run afternoon programs throughout the season. Racing will be conducted largely on a Thursday-through Sunday basis.

In past years, Hollywood Park held rock concerts after racing on Friday nights in an attempt to attract younger audiences. Liebau said an effort to attract larger concert crowds with higher-profile bands was not successful during the 2012 spring-summer meeting.

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We hired a trumpeter fro a big day in the fall when 3 championship races went. Asn the trumpeter stepped up to the mike (on the command of our TV director) one of the casino goons yelled "He can't play that now it will scare the horses!!" As my director screamed at me, I just handed the radio to this clown...He was, (THANKFULLY) fired the next day.
One of the reasons for the influx of the casinos in horse racing is that too many owners were just breeding to breed and not what they did in the past which was to breed to race. As the top horses retired too soon, the fans lost interest in the product. Once there was a lack of interest in the racing product, the wagering handle took a dive which affected the purse structure. So the only way to keep the purse structure up was to find a new revenue stream which of course was slots monies. The casino interests then push out the racing because few of the casino interests having any background or interest in racing so racing gets the shaft.
Mugged on the way to one's car, great environment along Prarie Avenue. The Cocatoo was one of the big watering holes on that street when I hung around that oval.
Hubbard opened the flood gates to the cancer of the casino
I wish they'd switch to dirt.
Ever since Marge Everett left the place has steadily and predictably gone down hill
Not familiar with HP, do they have a casino there? If not time to bring in the slot machines.
Booooo! Friday nights at Hollywood are a fun differentiator to the race week - and enjoyed on both coasts. But this is another case of where the racing industry benefits more than Hol does from Friday nights. Hol Fri nights get people playing online and helps to fill OTBs and attracts those working during the day.
Adjacent area in inglewood is not a place to be in, after dark.
Right on! If you can't attract a younger crowd in the evening then go for the retirees in the afternoon.

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