Last Day of Horse Racing Held at Hollywood Park

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After 75 years of horse racing, Hollywood Park Racetrack permanently closed its doors Sunday.


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Eleven races were run on the last day at the facility, which is located in Inglewood.

The final race was won by Woodman’s Luck, a horse ridden by jockey Corey Nakatani.

Nakatani described the victory as “bittersweet.”

“Obviously, I was hoping this day would never end,” he said.

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

Mieszerski said up to 12,000 visitors were expected to walk through the doors on the last day.

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.


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

The bleachers were scheduled to be torn down immediately, but the stables and track will remain until January, to finish horse training, officials said.

Developers plan to build a hotel, housing development and retail shops on the site.

Hollywood Park officials said the existing casino would remain open.