‘That’s a wrap’ as Hollywood Park goes out in style

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Updated: December 22, 2013

Inglewood, CA (SportsNetwork.com) – Thirty years ago. Hollywood Park was
considered in such high esteem that it had the privilege of hosting the very
first Breeders’ Cup in 1984. The track would then host two more Breeders’ Cups
in 1987 and 1997.

The track wasn’t given a chance to host any more World Championships. The
historic track that opened on June 10, 1938 closed for good Sunday, Dec. 22.

“Thanks for the magical moments and everlasting memories,” Breeders’ Cup
posted on Twitter.

Eleven races were run on the final day at Hollywood Park. The first and last
races were both 1 1/16 miles on the turf course.

Maxx the Giant won the day’s first race, a $45,000 Maiden Special Weight for
3-year-olds and up. Rafael Bejarano was the winning jockey for trainer James
Cassidy and owners Fontana Racing and Deron Pearson.

The last race to be run at Hollywood Park was decided by a photo-finish.
Woodmans Luck nosed out Depreciable in the $50,000 starter allowance. Corey
Nakatani was the last jockey to win a race at the track for trainer Vladimir
Cerin and owners Holly and David Wilson.

“As they turn past the barns for the final time. Stables that have housed
racing immortals, like Seabiscuit, and Citation, and Swaps and Native Diver,”
track announcer Vic Stauffer said as he called the final race. “Affirmed, John
Henry, Lava Man and Zenyatta.”

The feature race on the final Hollywood Park program was the $200,000 King
Glorious Stakes. The seven-furlong stakes, restricted to 2-year-olds bred or
sired in California, was taken by 2-1 favorite California Chrome and jockey
Victor Espinoza.

Trained by Art Sherman, California Chrome drew away down the stretch to win by
6 1/4 lengths in a time of 1:22.12 on the synthetic main track. The chestnut
colt notched his third win in seven starts for owners Perry Martin and Steve
Coburn.

On Saturday, Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer offered his feelings on
the loss of the historic racetrack.

“Considering this is the end (of Hollywood Park) makes me sad,” Hall of Fame
trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said on the track’s next to last day, “but I’ve had
a lot of good luck here and won a lot races. I’m going to be sorry to see
Hollywood Park go.”

Hollywood Park’s barn area will close permanently at the end of January. All
horses stabled there will have to be relocated somewhere else and the last
connection to horse racing will fade away.