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Horse racing to end at Hollywood Park?

July 9, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Horse racing may soon end at Hollywood Park due to a redevelopment plan.The Inglewood City Council approved major changes to zoning, allowing a new development to be built on the park's race track. Developers say the track is no longer profitable, so the owner wants to put a housing and retail complex where the track now stands.

On Wednesday night the Inglewood City Council unanimously approved the Environmental Impact Report, which is the first major hurdle the developer must clear. The council also passed several ordinances and zoning changes.

The 238 acre development would be called Hollywood Park Tomorrow and would incorporate the existing casino. The $2 billion project would put an end to thoroughbred racing at Hollywood Park after 71 years.

The track opened in 1938 and many of the original shareholders were movie stars and directors, including Walt Disney and Bing Crosby. Famed horses, like Seabiscuit and Affirmed raced there. The race track was sold in 2005 and the current owner says construction would begin about one year after the project is approved.

The city council will hear comments from the public at Monday night's meeting. The council could vote on the development following the comments.

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