03/05/2010 12:00AM

Hollywood plans to alter schedule


Pending California Horse Racing Board approval, Hollywood Park will offer four days of racing for each of the first two weeks and last two weeks of its upcoming spring-summer meeting, according to track officials.

The season, which runs from April 21 to July 18, will have a different schedule during the four-day weeks than in past seasons. The track plans to run on Wednesdays, offer only simulcasting on Thursdays and no live racing, and then run from Fridays through Sundays. That schedule will be in effect for the weeks of April 21-25, April 28-May 2, July 7-11 and July 14-18.

Because Hollywood will race Monday, July 5, as part of Fourth of July weekend, it will not race the previous Wednesday, June 30, or Thursday, July 1. For most of May and June, the track will run a conventional five-day week, Wednesdays through Sundays.

The dates of the meeting are subject to the approval of the board, which is expected to discuss the matter at its next meeting on March 19.

Track president Jack Liebau said the dark Thursdays at the beginning and end of the meetings are an "experiment." He said by running on Wednesdays Hollywood Park will have one of the more prominent simulcast signals on the national scene, while Thursdays tend to be crowded with more tracks available to simulcast customers.

"It's something new and it might be a risk because we won't do what other people are doing," he said.