09/23/2013 3:22PM

Betfair Hollywood Park's final stakes schedule mostly unchanged


Betfair Hollywood Park has released the stakes schedule for the track’s final season this fall, with few changes from recent years.

The meeting runs 29 racing days, from Nov. 7 through Dec. 22. The track will be permanently closed after the meeting, with the property scheduled to be developed for commercial and residential uses beginning in 2014.

The fall meeting has 21 stakes worth $4 million, compared to 18 stakes worth $3.8 million in 2012.

Three stakes that were put on sabbatical have been restored – the $100,000 Moccasin Stakes for 2-year-old fillies (last run in 2011), the $100,000 Turf Express over six furlongs on grass (2008) and the $100,000 Playa Del Rey Stakes for female sprinters (2010).

Two stakes have higher purses than during the 2012 fall meeting, but one race will be worth less. The On Trust and Cat’s Cradle handicaps for California-breds will be run for $100,000, an increase of $25,000. The purse for the Grade 3 Native Diver Handicap has been halved from $200,000 in 2012 to $100,000 this year.

There are four Grade 1 races during the meet – the $750,000 CashCall Futurity for 2-year-olds; the $500,000 Hollywood Starlet for 2-year-old fillies; and two $250,000 turf stakes on Dec. 1, the Hollywood Derby for 3-year-olds and the Matriarch Stakes for fillies and mares over a mile.

The CashCall Futurity, the track’s richest race, will be run on the Dec. 14 program, which also includes the Native Diver and the $250,000 Hollywood Turf Cup, a Grade 2 race over 1 1/2 miles.

The feature race for the track’s final day is the $200,000 King Glorious Stakes for California-bred 2-year-olds at seven furlongs.

Brian Duntugan More than 1 year ago
Thanks for the memories w/ Hollywood Park. I'll return from vacation on December 22 when that track hosts its final racing program ever. I hope there could be a "Last Dance Stakes" run there to close the curtain forever there. I'll be feeling dry w/ Southern California horse racing during the holidays as I'll be saying goodbye to Hollywood Park forever.
Chris Klein More than 1 year ago
I am so sad that Hollywood Park is closing and that the California Racing Board is allowing it. Management sucks and they don't care horse racing. All the care about is houses. Who is going to buy a house next to a casino and the forum. That the first of the year is going to be hosting concerts. Jan 1st is the Eagles. If Hollywood Park had better management it would still be around. Let's be honest what track is making money? ONLY SEASONAL TRACKS LIKE DEL MAR AND SARATOGA MAKE MONEY!!!!! What can we do as horse players to try to keep Hollywood Park open. Let's call Magic Johnson!!! Maybe he will buy it. What about the houses behind the track. They are still vacant and can't even be sold. What happened to the Betfair contract for 5 years? They never told us what happened to it. On Dec 23rd it will be a dark day for horse racing. Let's be honest what's going to happen to California horse racing? It will never be the same. Hollywood will always be the number 1 horse racing track in California.
Brenda Benavidez More than 1 year ago
IMO, they dont care about saving Hollywood Park because they care more about saving other racetracks that were actually probably been dead like the Los Alamitos, Fairplex, & all those county fair racetracks. Even Lenny Shulman from Bloodhorse was sad about Hollywood Park closing & he even said & I quote: "At Fairplex where NOBODY races at!"They're even planning on giving Fairplex Hollywood Park's Stakes races! Like wth? I read it in a Blood Horse article. The reason why I seem real upset against FP & LA is because they're trying to save them instead of HP. :(
Walter More than 1 year ago
When an article is written about Hol, it seems to result in an outpouring from folks who are sad to see it go. Where were all you people over the years? You certainly were not coming to Hollywood Park! Yes, it was a great facility. Yes, it has so much history to draw from. And, yes it was home to so many great horses, jockeys, & trainers. Too bad it's location is Inglewood which scared off so many people from going there. I was there through the good & bad. But now it's time to find another place.
daryl More than 1 year ago
Kinda negative post. I was one of those who frequented the track, but I won't take anything away from those who couldn't come as often as me and my family did, since everyone's circumstances are different. That doesn't affect the love of the sport or the appreciation of the history and storied past of this great track. I think it's a great thing that people are moved to express their feelings about losing an important part of racing history, and I don't think it's kosher to reprimand them based on whatever your standard of attendance is. Attendance is not required to have an opinion. I appreciate their passion and the fact they bothered to post it so it could be read. Post on, people....post on.
Brenda Benavidez More than 1 year ago
What so wrong with Inglewood? because its located in a "ghetto" place or alot of "welfare/poor" people were attending? (based on comments on one of the articles about HP) If thats the case, since when the did they announce that horse racing was only for rich people or one single type of race (white ppl) The racetrack --furthermore horse racing-- its for everybody & by that I mean ALL ages, ALL types of "class" ppl--low, high, from the poorest to the richest. For anybody who wants to have a great day with their fams watching the beauty & power of those Beautiful thoroughbreds. For anybody who wants to be in a place full of energy & fun. For anybody who wants to see all types of ppl actually get along & enjoy being in the same place.
rvraynmary More than 1 year ago
sad to see the track close. many great memories.