With Hollywood Park Closing, Horse Racing Dates Up For Grabs
The California Horse Racing Board will meet today to "hammer out details of future racing." Hollywood Park's last day of live racing will be Dec. 22 before it is "razed for development," so Del Mar and Santa Anita have "lined up to take over Hollywood’s racing dates." Santa Anita will pick up 11 weeks, "including the five weeks of Triple Crown simulcast wagering." Del Mar seeks four to five weeks, "but its bid is contingent on it getting Breeders’ Cup dates." Sources said that Santa Anita "will get the Breeders’ Cup for a third straight year" in '14 (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 5/23).