Hollywood Park to Close After 75 Years of Horse Racing

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After 75 years of racing, Hollywood Park Racetrack will permanently close its doors on Sunday.


File photo (Credit: KTLA)

“It’s a day I hoped I’d never see, but unfortunately it happening,” said Bob Mieszerski, Hollywood Park Director of Publicity.

Eleven races were scheduled for Sunday’s last day of racing at the park, which is located in Inglewood.

The race track opened in 1938 under the chairmanship of Jack L. Warner — of the Warner Brothers film corporation, according to the Hollywood Park website.

In 1939, Seabiscuit won the inaugural running of the Hollywood Gold Cup, the track’s signature race.

Racing was suspended from 1942-44 due to World War II. It was temporarily closed again in 1949 after a fire tore through the grandstand and clubhouse, according to the site.

The 238 acre property was purchased from Churchill Downs in 2005 for $260 million.

Retail shops, townhouses, parks and even a hotel were expected to be built on the land as part of the Hollywood Park Tomorrow redevelopment project.

The existing casino will remain in its current place and undergo extensive renovation, according to the Hollywood Park Tomorrow website.

KTLA’s Kacey Montoya contributed to this report.