What Are Some Notable Events That Have Happened at Hollywood Park?


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>strong>The now-closed Hollywood Park racetrack, located in Inglewood, California, had its star-studded opening in 1938, saw the first running of the Breeders' Cup in 1984 and hosted a rock concert with The Police in 1983. The park hosted its final race on December 22, 2013, and the implosion of the grandstand in 2015 was the final event at Hollywood Park.

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The opening of Hollywood Park found Jack and Harry Warner, owners of the Warner Bros. studio, presiding over the event. Famous names such as Elizabeth Taylor, Jimmy Stewart and horse racing fanatic Bing Crosby were on hand for the celebration. One of the attractions of this track was the chance to see celebrities. Dick Van Patten attended the final race day and won $50,000 when his horse Tanquerray crossed the finish line first.

The Breeders' Cup is a series of races for horses two years old and older. In some races, like the Classic, male and female horses compete against each other. The Juvenile Turf race is comprised of all male horses, while the Juvenile Fillies Turf is all female. Horses in these races are two years old. The 1984 Breeders' Cup had seven races with a combined purse of $10 million.

The 1983 concert by The Police was considered an odd event for Hollywood Park. Promoters constructed a stage in the infield, but because of the track's oval shape, views from some seats were considered poor. Yet the concert was a success, spawning a new entertainment venue for the track.

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