Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Hollywood Park Opening Day Buzz

Horses training at Hollywood Park enter the gap onto the Cushion Track, a view of the Grandstand across the track.

Hollywood Park opens its 8-week Autumn Meet Wednesday amidst lots of speculation. How will last weekend's Breeders Cup affect attendance and handle? How much longer will Hollywood Park operate after this fall?

Hollywood Park has never faced opening so close on the heels of Breeders Cup, so it remains to be seen how that will affect things.

The Bay Meadows Land Co., owner of Hollywood Park, has also not committed to racing beyond the 2009 Spring Meet, which ends in July. The plan is to eventually develop the land; but, given the state of the economy, plans for development may have to be put on hold for a while.

Nevertheless, there is excitement in the air about the upcoming racing. Wednesday's feature, the $65,000 Dance in the Mood Stakes, brings together a nice field of 8 fillies and mares sprinting 6 furlongs on the Lakeside Turf Course. The meet will also include the popular 3-day $1.7 million Turf Festival on Thanksgiving weekend (Nov. 28-30), and the $750,000 CashCall Futurity on Dec. 20.

First post is 12:30 p.m. daily, with the exception of three Friday nights (Nov. 7, 14, and 21) with a post time of 7:05 p.m., and an early post of 11:00 a.m. on Thanksgiving day.

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