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Hollywood Park Officials Balk At Committing To Racing Dates Beyond Summer '13

Hollywood Park will need plans for boarding horses if racing is discontinued
The future of racing at Betfair Hollywood Park after the ‘13 spring-summer meeting “was cast in doubt on Thursday when track officials told the California Horse Racing Board that it would not commit to operating as a racetrack beyond July of next year,” according to Steve Andersen of the DAILY RACING FORM. Racing board officials asked Hollywood Park “to make a commitment for a spring-summer meeting, from late April to mid-July, and a fall meeting, in November and December of 2013.” But Hollywood Park officials said that they “could not commit to the fall 2013 meeting that far in advance.” The racing board “approved a racing calendar for the Southern California Thoroughbred circuit at Santa Anita, Hollywood Park, Del Mar and Fairplex Park for 2013, contingent on Hollywood Park announcing whether it will run in the fall by Jan. 1, 2013.” In case Hollywood Park does not commit to race that fall, the racing board “urged industry participants to come up with a contingency plan to accommodate the horses typically based at Hollywood Park and for a restructuring of the autumn racing calendar.” Meetings on the subject “are expected to be held in September and October.” If Hollywood Park closes, Fairplex Park and Los Alamitos “have been mentioned as alternative training locations, although issues related to financing and stabling space must be addressed.” Santa Anita is expected “to gain the racing dates for the late fall of 2013 in the event Hollywood Park closes” (DRF.com, 8/23).
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