Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Hollywood Park kicks off its 70th Spring/Summer meet Wednesday with an 8-race card highlighted by the $70,000-added Harry Henson Stakes. The 7th race on the program, the Henson is for 3-year-olds at 6 furlongs on the turf.
Harry Henson was Hollywood Park's popular race caller from 1958-1982. A jockey in the early 1930s, Henson began his career as a race caller in 1938 at the Puyallup Fair in the state of Washington. He called races at Longacres for 14 years, then at Arlington and Washington Parks in the Chicago area, before moving to Hollywood Park. Henson also called the races at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club from 1968-1982. In 1991, Hollywood Park renamed the Debonair Stakes in his honor. Henson died the following year at the age of 78.
The 65-day Spring/Summer meet will have a first post time of 1:00 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays and 7:05 p.m. Fridays (with the exceptions of 1:00 p.m. on Friday, May 1; 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Apr. 25; and 11:00 a.m. on Saturdays, May 2 and 16 and June 6).