Hollywood Park set to close

Hollywood Park opened on June 10, 1938 in Inglewood, California and became the premiere horse racing venue in the west with such champions as Seabiscuit, Citation and Affirmed crossing its finish line.  Now it's a shell of it's former gloried past and sadly after 75 years, Hollywood Park will be shutting it's doors.

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Hollywood Park in it's hay day - Thundering to a new world record for the mile in 1:33 1/5 at Hollywood Park in Inglewood, California June 9, 1956, Swaps (2, on rail) with Willie Shoemaker up, crosser the finish line to win the $50,000 added Argonaut handicap. Bobby Brocato, ridden by Johnny Longden, pressed him all the way and came in second (outside). Porterhouse, several lengths back was third. Swaps bettered the record held by Citation of 1:33 3/5 set in 1950 at Golden Gate Fields. (AP Photo/Harold P. Matosina)

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Canadian jockey John 'Red' Pollard (1909 - 1981) holds a microphone up to the mouth of winning race horse Seabiscuit, June 21, 1938, a little more than a week after Seabiscuit was victorious in 1938's inaugural running of the Hollywood Gold Cup . (Photo by Getty Images)

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Citation is shown in the winner's circle after taking a bow at Hollywood Park in Inglewood, Ca., on July 21, 1951. Citation, the first race horse to win $1 million, was retired to stud on July 20. Standing with "Big Cy," from left, are, owner Lucille Parker Wright, trainer Jimmy Jones, holding bridle, and exercise boy Freeman McMillen. (AP Photo)

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Crossing the finish line at Hollywood Park, December 2012.

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Two men place bets in a private booth at Hollywood Park, June 2013. (Holly Bailey/Yahoo News)

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Inside Hollywood Park, spectators watch simulcasts of races from other tracks across the country and place bets, June 2013. (Holly Bailey/Yahoo News)

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On a recent Friday, the track drew a diverse audience for live horse racing, June 2013. (Holly Bailey/Yahoo News)

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Spectators watch as horses cross the finish line at Hollywood Park, June 2013. (Holly Bailey/Yahoo News)

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Jay Cohen, Hollywood Parkâs resident bugler, runs upstairs during a break in racing, June 2013. (Holly Bailey/Yahoo News)

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On a recent Friday, a man sat in the mostly empty grandstand awaiting the next race at Hollywood Park, June 2013. (Holly Bailey/Yahoo News)

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Gertha Knowles and her granddaughter, Dmarian, stand in Hollywood Parkâs old betting lobby, June 2013. (Holly Bailey/Yahoo News)

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A prepared Saturday afternoon racegoer smokes his cigar while waiting for a race at Hollywood Park, December 2012.

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A racegoer reviews his options before placing his bets on a Saturday afternoon at Hollywood Park, December 2012.

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Racegoers watch from the balcony at Hollywood Park, December 2012.

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Chairs are tipped over for gamblers to reserve their spots at Hollywood Park, December 2012.

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The trumpeteer plays before a race at Hollywood Park, December 2012.

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