When Hollywood Park in Inglewood, California closed forever last December, it left a hole in the Southern California racing calendar. Hollywood’s racing schedule typically ran from April to mid-July, when Thoroughbred racing headed south to Del Mar for the boutique summer meet, then resumed in November and December.
And while Del Mar is known for its “turf meets the surf” fashionable summer vibe, it didn’t hesitate to step in and take a shot at autumn racing.
“We were happy to raise our hands and say, ‘We’ll take November,’” said Craig Dado, Del Mar’s executive vice president and chief marketing officer.
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