Updated on 09/16/2011 9:40AM

Power outage cancels Hollywood finale


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - The eighth and final race at Hollywood Park on Monday was cancelled because of a power outage that struck 10 minutes before post time of the race, and was unable to be fixed 40 minutes later, when dusk fell.

The tote board, tote machines, and televisions all lost power because of what was believed to be a problem with a transformer. Only emergency lights were operable. The horses were on the track for 30 minutes before track management decided to cancel the race.

There was a pick six carryover of $110,620 entering Monday's card. Track officials announced that that carryover amount would roll over until Thursday's card. Track officials also announced that the pick six for Monday, whose pool would now be based on that day's wagering only, would be paid to those patrons holding tickets with winners of the first five races. There was to be no consolation for four out of five, track officials said.

In other multiple-race wagers, the final race was treated as though every horse was a winner. In other words, the pick four was paid to those who had winners in the first three legs, and the final pick three was paid to those who had the winners of the first two legs. Because of the power outage, the payoffs for those wagers, as well as the pick six, could not be calculated nor posted.

All single-race wagers on the eighth race - such as exactas, trifectas, and straight bets - were to be refunded, track officials said.

Track officials declined to estimate on how much revenue was lost as a result of the power outage.

A similar outage forced cancellation of simulcast wagering from Hollywood Park one day in October when Santa Anita's Oak Tree meeting was running.

Track officials said those patrons retaining an official program from Monday's card could present it for free admission at any subsequent date during the season, which closes Dec. 22.

- additional reporting by Steve Andersen