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Horseracing board moves to save sport

Efforts come amid possibility of closures
April 27, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
California's Horse Racing Board will take steps to rearrange racing dates and find places for horses to run if Hollywood Park and its sister racetrack in the Bay Area close. But the state agency warned "it could be a bumpy road for the first year or two when one or both of those tracks permanently close."

Year-round horserace training and stabling operations at the landmark race track in Inglewood might shift to the Fairplex in Pomona. "Plans to install additional stalls, turf course, and (a) one mile track are being investigated," the state agency said Sunday.

Horse training operations might also be shifted to the Del Mar Racetrack in San Diego County, or San Luis Rey Downs on the Central Coast, the state board said.

Neither track has enough stables to absorb horses from Hollywood Park unless new construction starts now, and the Del Mar track says it might take two years to build enough paddocks and other facilities in San Diego County.

The real estate underneath the Inglewood horse track might become a major real estate development under rumored plans by its new owner, Bay Meadows Land Company. That firm owns the Bay Meadows racetrack near San Francisco, which is having its last year as a horse grounds before it becomes a real estate development next year.

Bay Meadows Land has had preliminary talks with Inglewood officials and residents about its development plans for its 238-acre site at Century Boulevard and Prairie Avenue, just south of the Forum. The track and its casino sit on one of the largest developable plots of land in California.

 

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