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Updated on 09/16/2011 7:13AM
No deal yet on phone accounts
INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Negotiations between Hollywood Park and the Thoroughbred Owners of California over the distribution of revenue from phone bets had not reached a deal by late Monday.
The Hollywood Park spring-summer meeting begins on Wednesday and an agreement must be in place for advance deposit wagering to occur.
The two sides agreed to terms for bets placed in California, but had yet to reach an agreement on bets placed in other states on California races, according to John Van de Kamp, president of the TOC.
Discussions were expected to continue in the early part of the week with the hope that a resolution could be reached by Wednesday. Both Television Games Network and Youbet offer betting on Hollywood Park races.
"It may boil down, at this point, that Californians can bet in-state and out-of-state, but out-of-state residents cannot bet on our races," Van de Kamp said. "We seem to be far apart in that area. Hopefully, we can work something out."
"I'd say we're pretty far apart at this point.," agreed Rick Baedeker, president of Hollywood Park.
Last-minute deals on purse contracts for advance deposit wagering have occurred in the past. Last January, the TOC and Magna Entertainment, the parent company of Santa Anita and the owners of the Xpressbet advance deposit wagering system, reached an agreement minutes before the start of a California Horse Racing Board meeting that discussed the launch of telephone and internet betting in the state.
More simulcasts possible
Hollywood Park may slightly increase its full-card simulcasting menu this season, Baedeker said.
Instead of offering partial simulcasting from a track, such as the third through ninth races, Hollywood Park may offer the entire program.
Baedeker said Hollywood Park was awaiting clarification of last year's advance deposit wagering legislation before moving forward with the plan.
Friday night cards return
The new Hollywood Park meet will bring the return of Friday night racing.
The track will offer racing on Friday nights, with the exception of May 3 when an afternoon program is run to coincide with the Kentucky Oaks simulcast. Concerns over an electricity shortage last year led to Friday twilight racing, which was not considered a success.
"It turned out to be no-man's land," Baedeker said.
In past years, Hollywood Park has presented Friday night races to a younger audience and is paying trainers $150 per starter to offset additional labor costs.
"We're confident we will have good fields," Baedeker said.
There is a major addition to the Hollywood stakes schedule "the $500,000 American Oaks for 3-year-old fillies over 1 1/4 miles on turf on July 6. The American Oaks is the third race in a series for 3-year-old fillies on turf that includes the Senorita Stakes on May 4 and the Honeymoon Breeders' Cup Handicap on June 8.
Daily show doubles in length
Beginning Wednesday, Television Games Network will produce a two-hour program that will air on the Fox Sports Net 2 cable station. The program will air from 3 to 5 p.m. daily and from 7 to 9 p.m. on Fridays.
Previously, Hollywood Park's television department produced a one-hour show that presented up to two live races daily. The new program will use some Hollywood Park personnel - including hosts Kurt Hoover and Mike Willman - but will also feature TVG commentators Chris Harrison, Frank Lyons, and Todd Schrupp.
"You'll see other races from other tracks, like Lone Star Park, and any of our partners tracks, but 85 percent of the show will be at Hollywood Park," said Tony Allevato, TVG's executive producer.
Startac, the winner of the Grade 1 Secretariat Stakes last summer, makes his 4-year-old debut in a $62,000 allowance on Wednesday, attempting to restore a reputation that dimmed by losses in major stakes last fall.
Startac has not started since finishing ninth in the Hollywood Derby last November. He was equally disappointing in the Oak Tree Derby, finishing sixth of nine.
"In the Secretariat, he laid it down so hard that he got sick afterward," Startac's trainer, Laura de Seroux, said. "I didn't think he was right. His races were too quick on the heels of what he'd done."
Wednesday's race, the seventh, is at a mile and has four other stakes winners in a field of nine.
Ladies Din, the millionaire who won the 2000 Eddie Read Handicap at Del Mar, will be making his second start of the year, having finished third in an allowance race at Santa Anita on March 22.
Other contenders include Thady Quill, fifth in the Maker's Mark Mile at Keeneland on April 12; Marine, winner of the Grade 3 La Jolla Handicap last year; and Nicobar, a stakes winner in Italy last year who is trained by Ron McAnally.
Startac will be at the back of the field early, and will make a late run.
"I have my confidence back," de Seroux said. "With the time off, he's a different horse."
Go Go going in B. Thoughtful
Warren Stute has chosen Sunday's $150,000 B. Thoughtful Stakes at Hollywood Park for the start of the 5-year-old campaign for Go Go.
In 2001, Go Go was the top female sprinter of the Hollywood Park spring-summer meeting, scoring wins in Grade 2 A Gleam Handicap and Grade 3 Desert Stormer Handicap. Go Go won three other stakes in a seven-race campaign that was cut short in the fall after Stute became concerned about her ankles.
Following a wintertime rest, Stute pronounced Go Go fit on Sunday after she worked seven furlongs in 1:25.20 at Santa Anita.
"We plan on running her," he said. "We timed in 1:24. Trainers always catch them faster."
Santa Anita in fair talks
Officials from Fairplex Park and Santa Anita have met in recent weeks to discuss a possible relocation of the Los Angeles County Fair racing dates to Santa Anita this September.
According to Jack Liebau, president of Santa Anita, an announcement could come in the next few weeks. At last week's annual meeting of Magna Entertainment, Santa Anita's parent company, Liebau did not elaborate on the subject, but said "Fairplex will race here or at Fairplex."
One source familiar with the negotiations said it is unlikely a deal could be finalized by the fall, but that 2003 is more likely.
Any change in racing dates must be approved by the California Horse Racing Board. The subject is not on the agenda for Thursday's CHRB meeting at Hollywood Park.
Tracemark headed to Lone Star
Tracemark, the winner of the California Derby at Bay Meadows on April 13, will bypass the Kentucky Derby in favor of the $500,000 Lone Star Derby at Lone Star Park on May 11, his trainer, Craig Dollase, said.
Dollase and owner Edward McGrath had considered the Kentucky Derby, but are not expected to have enough earnings in graded stakes to earn a berth.
"We'll go for the money run," Dollase said of the Lone Star race. "It won't be easy, but we'll take a shot."
The claim of Aggressive, the winner of the eighth race at Santa Anita on Saturday, was voided on Sunday after the horse's name was misspelled on the claim slip.
Aggressive won a six-furlong race for $18,000 to $20,000 sprinters as the favorite and was claimed by trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. With the voided claim, the 5-year-old Aggressive returns to trainer Paul Assinesi.
* Laffit Pincay Jr., who finished third in the jockeys' standings at the Santa Anita winter-spring meeting, has been suspended for three days. He was cited for crossing over without sufficient clearance in the fifth race at Santa Anita last Friday. The suspension runs Thursday through Sunday.
AT A GLANCE
RACING SCHEDULE: Wednesday through July 21. Dark Mondays and Tuesday except for May 27.
POST TIME: 1:15 p.m., Wednesdays, Thursdays and weekends. 7:05 p.m. on Fridays, except for May 3 at 1:15 p.m.
ADMISSIONS (includes parking and program): General $7; Clubhouse $10; Turf Club $20. Preferred parking $3; valet parking $8.
MEET HIGHLIGHT: California Gold Rush Day, April 28; $500,000 Grade 1 Gamely BC Handicap, May 27; $500,000 Grade 1 Shoemaker BC Mile, May 27; $500,000 Grade 2 Californian, June 15; $350,000 Grade 1 Whittingham Handicap, June 15; $250,000 Grade 1 Vanity Handicap, June 22; $250,000 Grade 1 Beverly Hills Handicap, June 29 $500,000 American Oaks, July 6; $750,000 Grade 1 Hollywood Gold Cup, July 14; $500,000 Grade 2 Swaps Stakes, July 14.
LOCATION: 1050 S. Prairie Ave, Inglewood. East of 405 (San Diego Freeway), North of 105 (Century Freeway).
PHONE: (310) 419-1500