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SBD/May 10, 2013/Facilities
California Horse Track Hollywood Park To Close At End Of Year; Santa Anita To Benefit?
Published May 10, 2013
DYING BREED: In L.A., Eric Sondheimer writes the "rise of Internet betting, simulcast wagering and changing demographics have put horse racing in Southern California in a precarious position." Both Santa Anita and Del Mar Racetrack are "expected to pick up racing dates with the closure of Hollywood Park." More "challenging will be finding additional stable stalls with the loss of 1,800 stable spots." Liebau said that demolition should begin "soon after Dec. 22." Hollywood Park Casino "will remain." Liebau said that track memorabilia "will be preserved" (L.A. TIMES, 5/10).
PLANS FOR THE FUTURE: In Baltimore, Chris Korman noted Pimlico Race Course Owner Frank Stronach is not "ready to divulge what he'll do" with the track. Stronach said, "We'll make major renovations. We'll spend a lot on Pimlico. The plans are being drawn up now. We're working through that." Stronach's vision includes building a "park-like area around the track to make it feel more like an oasis in the middle of the city." Stronach: "We're sure we can make it work. We're going to put money into it and we feel great that Maryland has put a deal in place that allows us to look to the future" (BALTIMORESUN.com, 5/9).