Press Box: Hollywood Park to close this year

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Betfair Hollywood Park race track will close before the end of the year.

In a letter to the California Race Board on Thursday, track president Jack Liebau wrote that the horse racing track will close at the end of its fall meet on Dec. 22, according to Bloodhorse.com.

The news comes two weeks before the CHRB starts considering its 2014 schedule. The letter said Hollywood Park would not seek race dates for next year. The board meets in Sacramento on May 23.

Hollywood Park is in its 75th year of racing. It hosted the Breeders' Cup World Championships in 1984, '87 and '97.

Another California track, Bay Meadows, closed in 2008.

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