Down to the Wire: 12.24.13

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Goodbye Hollywood

On Sunday Dec 22, Hollywood Park saw its final race. The track was first opened in 1938 and immediately made a name for itself as a star studded venue with celebrities like Elizabeth Taylor, Cary Grant, Bing Crosby and Walt Disney regular attendees. Even the inaugural Hollywood Gold Cup was won by the famous racehorse Seabiscuit.

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The LA Weekly posted a thoughtful article by Mike Seely, “Hollywood Park is Shutting Down. Will Horse Racing be next?” (uh, no.) which despite its silly title gives the reader a sense of the history and gone-to-seed atmosphere of the last weeks of the venerable establishment.

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An accompanying article by Channing Sargent documents the personalities of the park workers many of whom have worked at the park 40 years or more and consider themselves a family. “Hollywood Park workers look back through history.”

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The LA Times also weighs in with a fantastic slide show  to mark the final day of the park.

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