Zenyatta tells the crowd how it shall be… on Flickr.
Feeling sad about Hollywood Park closing forever. This Sunday will be the last day of racing.
And it reminds me of the many happy days I spent there. My favorite was this day, Oct. 2, 2010, when the greatest racing mare in history, Zenyatta, won her 19th race in a row (!) there. It was the most glorious, heart-stopping race I’ve witnessed in person. Zenyatta was pumped for it, dancing with the desire to race, bigger than the other horses, and mightier too. We all gave her a standing ovation, and she stood there, cocky as hell, as we applauded, as if to say “You’re welcome.”
Many greats raced at Hollywood Park - Seabiscuit, Affirmed, Citation, Lava Man, Ferdinand… Many famous people gambled there - Al Jolson, Jack Warner, Lucille Ball, Cary Grant, Claudette Colbert… But the crowds got thin as the years went by. For Los Angeles, Hollywood Park is an historic place. But like many such places soon it will be bulldozed, replaced with bland housing and shops.
Fare well, Hollywood Park. I’m so glad I got so many chances to enjoy you.