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After 75 years, Betfair Hollywood Park closes for good

  • Jockey Joseph Talamo, left, signs his autograph on a poster on the final day of horse racing at Betfair Hollywood Park on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, in Inglewood, Calif. After 75 years of thoroughbred racing, Hollywood Park is closing for good. The 260-acre track that hosted Seabiscuit and the first Breeders' Cup in 1984 will be turned into a housing and retail development starting next year. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Jockey Joseph Talamo, left, signs his autograph on a poster on the final day of horse racing at Betfair Hollywood Park on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, in Inglewood, Calif. After 75 years of thoroughbred racing, Hollywood Park is closing for good. The 260-acre track that hosted Seabiscuit and the first Breeders' Cup in 1984 will be turned into a housing and retail development starting next year. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Jockey Joseph Talamo, left, signs his autograph on a poster on the final day of horse racing at Betfair Hollywood Park on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, in Inglewood, Calif. After 75 years of thoroughbred racing, Hollywood Park is closing for good. The 260-acre track that hosted Seabiscuit and the first Breeders' Cup in 1984 will be turned into a housing and retail development starting next year. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Jockey Joseph Talamo, left, signs his autograph on a poster on the final day of horse racing at Betfair Hollywood Park on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, in Inglewood, Calif. After 75 years of thoroughbred racing, Hollywood Park is closing for good. The 260-acre track that hosted Seabiscuit and the first Breeders' Cup in 1984 will be turned into a housing and retail development starting next year. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • People wait in line to enter the Betfair Hollywood Park on the final day of horse racing at the track, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, in Inglewood, Calif. After 75 years of thoroughbred racing, Hollywood Park is closing for good. The 260-acre track that hosted Seabiscuit and the first Breeders' Cup in 1984 will be turned into a housing and retail development starting next year. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    People wait in line to enter the Betfair Hollywood Park on the final day of horse racing at the track, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, in Inglewood, Calif. After 75 years of thoroughbred racing, Hollywood Park is closing for good. The 260-acre track that hosted Seabiscuit and the first Breeders' Cup in 1984 will be turned into a housing and retail development starting next year. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • People watch grooms prepare horses for a race on the final day of competition at Betfair Hollywood Park on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, in Inglewood, Calif. After 75 years of thoroughbred racing, Hollywood Park is closing for good. The 260-acre track that hosted Seabiscuit and the first Breeders' Cup in 1984 will be turned into a housing and retail development starting next year. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    People watch grooms prepare horses for a race on the final day of competition at Betfair Hollywood Park on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, in Inglewood, Calif. After 75 years of thoroughbred racing, Hollywood Park is closing for good. The 260-acre track that hosted Seabiscuit and the first Breeders' Cup in 1984 will be turned into a housing and retail development starting next year. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • People watch grooms prepare horses for a race on the final day of competition at Betfair Hollywood Park on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, in Inglewood, Calif. After 75 years of thoroughbred racing, Hollywood Park is closing for good. The 260-acre track that hosted Seabiscuit and the first Breeders' Cup in 1984 will be turned into a housing and retail development starting next year. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    People watch grooms prepare horses for a race on the final day of competition at Betfair Hollywood Park on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, in Inglewood, Calif. After 75 years of thoroughbred racing, Hollywood Park is closing for good. The 260-acre track that hosted Seabiscuit and the first Breeders' Cup in 1984 will be turned into a housing and retail development starting next year. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Horses break from the gate on the final day of racing at Betfair Hollywood Park on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, in Inglewood, Calif. After 75 years of thoroughbred racing, Hollywood Park is closing for good. The 260-acre track that hosted Seabiscuit and the first Breeders' Cup in 1984 will be turned into a housing and retail development starting next year. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Horses break from the gate on the final day of racing at Betfair Hollywood Park on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, in Inglewood, Calif. After 75 years of thoroughbred racing, Hollywood Park is closing for good. The 260-acre track that hosted Seabiscuit and the first Breeders' Cup in 1984 will be turned into a housing and retail development starting next year. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Horses break from the gate on the final day of racing at Betfair Hollywood Park on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, in Inglewood, Calif. After 75 years of thoroughbred racing, Hollywood Park is closing for good. The 260-acre track that hosted Seabiscuit and the first Breeders' Cup in 1984 will be turned into a housing and retail development starting next year. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Horses break from the gate on the final day of racing at Betfair Hollywood Park on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, in Inglewood, Calif. After 75 years of thoroughbred racing, Hollywood Park is closing for good. The 260-acre track that hosted Seabiscuit and the first Breeders' Cup in 1984 will be turned into a housing and retail development starting next year. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Horses break from the gate on the final day of racing at Betfair Hollywood Park on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, in Inglewood, Calif. After 75 years of thoroughbred racing, Hollywood Park is closing for good. The 260-acre track that hosted Seabiscuit and the first Breeders' Cup in 1984 will be turned into a housing and retail development starting next year. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Horses break from the gate on the final day of racing at Betfair Hollywood Park on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, in Inglewood, Calif. After 75 years of thoroughbred racing, Hollywood Park is closing for good. The 260-acre track that hosted Seabiscuit and the first Breeders' Cup in 1984 will be turned into a housing and retail development starting next year. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Diana Carreon gets emotional as she watches the replay of the 1979 Hollywood Gold Cup horse race, which she attended with her parents, on the final day of horse racing at Betfair Hollywood Park on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, in Inglewood, Calif. After 75 years of thoroughbred racing, Hollywood Park is closing for good. The 260-acre track that hosted Seabiscuit and the first Breeders' Cup in 1984 will be turned into a housing and retail development starting next year. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Diana Carreon gets emotional as she watches the replay of the 1979 Hollywood Gold Cup horse race, which she attended with her parents, on the final day of horse racing at Betfair Hollywood Park on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, in Inglewood, Calif. After 75 years of thoroughbred racing, Hollywood Park is closing for good. The 260-acre track that hosted Seabiscuit and the first Breeders' Cup in 1984 will be turned into a housing and retail development starting next year. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Diana Carreon gets emotional as she watches the replay of the 1979 Hollywood Gold Cup horse race, which she attended with her parents, on the final day of horse racing at Betfair Hollywood Park on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, in Inglewood, Calif. After 75 years of thoroughbred racing, Hollywood Park is closing for good. The 260-acre track that hosted Seabiscuit and the first Breeders' Cup in 1984 will be turned into a housing and retail development starting next year. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Diana Carreon gets emotional as she watches the replay of the 1979 Hollywood Gold Cup horse race, which she attended with her parents, on the final day of horse racing at Betfair Hollywood Park on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, in Inglewood, Calif. After 75 years of thoroughbred racing, Hollywood Park is closing for good. The 260-acre track that hosted Seabiscuit and the first Breeders' Cup in 1984 will be turned into a housing and retail development starting next year. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Paddock judge Karen Denovel, right, walks down the steps after a race on the final day of horse racing at Betfair Hollywood Park on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, in Inglewood, Calif. After 75 years of thoroughbred racing, Hollywood Park is closing for good. The 260-acre track that hosted Seabiscuit and the first Breeders' Cup in 1984 will be turned into a housing and retail development starting next year. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Paddock judge Karen Denovel, right, walks down the steps after a race on the final day of horse racing at Betfair Hollywood Park on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, in Inglewood, Calif. After 75 years of thoroughbred racing, Hollywood Park is closing for good. The 260-acre track that hosted Seabiscuit and the first Breeders' Cup in 1984 will be turned into a housing and retail development starting next year. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Paddock judge Karen Denovel, right, walks down the steps after a race on the final day of horse racing at Betfair Hollywood Park on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, in Inglewood, Calif. After 75 years of thoroughbred racing, Hollywood Park is closing for good. The 260-acre track that hosted Seabiscuit and the first Breeders' Cup in 1984 will be turned into a housing and retail development starting next year. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Paddock judge Karen Denovel, right, walks down the steps after a race on the final day of horse racing at Betfair Hollywood Park on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, in Inglewood, Calif. After 75 years of thoroughbred racing, Hollywood Park is closing for good. The 260-acre track that hosted Seabiscuit and the first Breeders' Cup in 1984 will be turned into a housing and retail development starting next year. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Jockey Joseph Talamo, left, signs his autograph on a poster on the final day of horse racing at Betfair Hollywood Park on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, in Inglewood, Calif. After 75 years of thoroughbred racing, Hollywood Park is closing for good. The 260-acre track that hosted Seabiscuit and the first Breeders' Cup in 1984 will be turned into a housing and retail development starting next year. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
  • Jockey Joseph Talamo, left, signs his autograph on a poster on the final day of horse racing at Betfair Hollywood Park on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, in Inglewood, Calif. After 75 years of thoroughbred racing, Hollywood Park is closing for good. The 260-acre track that hosted Seabiscuit and the first Breeders' Cup in 1984 will be turned into a housing and retail development starting next year. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
  • People wait in line to enter the Betfair Hollywood Park on the final day of horse racing at the track, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, in Inglewood, Calif. After 75 years of thoroughbred racing, Hollywood Park is closing for good. The 260-acre track that hosted Seabiscuit and the first Breeders' Cup in 1984 will be turned into a housing and retail development starting next year. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
  • People watch grooms prepare horses for a race on the final day of competition at Betfair Hollywood Park on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, in Inglewood, Calif. After 75 years of thoroughbred racing, Hollywood Park is closing for good. The 260-acre track that hosted Seabiscuit and the first Breeders' Cup in 1984 will be turned into a housing and retail development starting next year. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
  • People watch grooms prepare horses for a race on the final day of competition at Betfair Hollywood Park on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, in Inglewood, Calif. After 75 years of thoroughbred racing, Hollywood Park is closing for good. The 260-acre track that hosted Seabiscuit and the first Breeders' Cup in 1984 will be turned into a housing and retail development starting next year. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
  • Horses break from the gate on the final day of racing at Betfair Hollywood Park on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, in Inglewood, Calif. After 75 years of thoroughbred racing, Hollywood Park is closing for good. The 260-acre track that hosted Seabiscuit and the first Breeders' Cup in 1984 will be turned into a housing and retail development starting next year. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
  • Horses break from the gate on the final day of racing at Betfair Hollywood Park on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, in Inglewood, Calif. After 75 years of thoroughbred racing, Hollywood Park is closing for good. The 260-acre track that hosted Seabiscuit and the first Breeders' Cup in 1984 will be turned into a housing and retail development starting next year. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
  • Horses break from the gate on the final day of racing at Betfair Hollywood Park on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, in Inglewood, Calif. After 75 years of thoroughbred racing, Hollywood Park is closing for good. The 260-acre track that hosted Seabiscuit and the first Breeders' Cup in 1984 will be turned into a housing and retail development starting next year. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
  • Diana Carreon gets emotional as she watches the replay of the 1979 Hollywood Gold Cup horse race, which she attended with her parents, on the final day of horse racing at Betfair Hollywood Park on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, in Inglewood, Calif. After 75 years of thoroughbred racing, Hollywood Park is closing for good. The 260-acre track that hosted Seabiscuit and the first Breeders' Cup in 1984 will be turned into a housing and retail development starting next year. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
  • Diana Carreon gets emotional as she watches the replay of the 1979 Hollywood Gold Cup horse race, which she attended with her parents, on the final day of horse racing at Betfair Hollywood Park on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, in Inglewood, Calif. After 75 years of thoroughbred racing, Hollywood Park is closing for good. The 260-acre track that hosted Seabiscuit and the first Breeders' Cup in 1984 will be turned into a housing and retail development starting next year. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
  • Paddock judge Karen Denovel, right, walks down the steps after a race on the final day of horse racing at Betfair Hollywood Park on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, in Inglewood, Calif. After 75 years of thoroughbred racing, Hollywood Park is closing for good. The 260-acre track that hosted Seabiscuit and the first Breeders' Cup in 1984 will be turned into a housing and retail development starting next year. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
  • Paddock judge Karen Denovel, right, walks down the steps after a race on the final day of horse racing at Betfair Hollywood Park on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, in Inglewood, Calif. After 75 years of thoroughbred racing, Hollywood Park is closing for good. The 260-acre track that hosted Seabiscuit and the first Breeders' Cup in 1984 will be turned into a housing and retail development starting next year. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

INGLEWOOD, Calif. — Fans crowded into Betfair Hollywood Park for the last time Sunday.

The track closed for good after the day’s 11 races, ending 75 years of racing that featured such thoroughbred stars as Seabiscuit, Triple Crown winners Citation, Seattle Slew and Affirmed, and Zenyatta. The first Breeders’ Cup in 1984 was run here. The track will be turned into a residential and retail development starting next year.

For its last day, though, the track came alive again, with jammed parking lots, lines at the betting windows, and fans and employees swapping stories about the Track of the Lakes and Flowers. Paid attendance exceeded 13,000 — more than double that of a typical weekend — and after 2 p.m. the gates were opened to everyone to alleviate congestion, a track spokesman said.

California Chrome, the 2-1 favorite ridden by Victor Espinoza and trained by Art Sherman, won the final stakes race, the $200,000 King Glorious for 2-year-olds by 6¼ lengths.

Bugler Jay Cohen announced the final post parade of horses with a medley of “Auld Lang Syne” and “Hooray for Hollywood” before they walked onto the track to the Etta James classic “At Last.”

A huge cheer went up as announcer Vic Stauffer told the crowd, “It’s post time!” Fans kept up the cheers as the horses ran through the stretch to the finish line. Fittingly, it was a photo finish.

Woodmans Luck, ridden by Corey Nakatani and trained by Vladimir Cerin, was declared the winner of the turf race worth $50,000.

Rafael Bejarano rode four winners on the card to wrap up the jockeys’ title with 37 winners, while Hall of Famer Bob Baffert was shut out on the final day, but won the training title with 16 winners to John Sadler’s 15.

Dick Van Patten, the 85-year-old actor who starred in TV’s “Eight is Enough,” was a longtime regular. He walked away a winner, when his horse Tanquerray won the $50,000 third race.

Amid the sadness was some bitterness as well.

Jack Van Berg, the 77-year-old Hall of Fame trainer, blamed the cities of Inglewood and Los Angeles and the state of California for the track’s closure.

“I just think it’s a pathetic thing,” he said near the paddock. “It’s ridiculous to let something like this that so many people love and thrive on close. They did everything they could to kill racing.”

Van Berg, who has raced in California for 41 years, said he’s moving his operations to Oaklawn Park in Arkansas.

“I’ve had enough,” he said. “I don’t like California racing anymore. I don’t like the way they run it and what they do.”

Betfair Hollywood Park is the second major California racetrack to close since 2008, when Bay Meadows near San Francisco was shuttered after 74 years to make way for a similar development.

The track’s future had been in question since Churchill Downs sold it to Hollywood Park Land Co. in 2005.

At the time, the new owner said racing would continue for a minimum of three years while an effort was made to revitalize the sport’s business model. But the track had little luck in stemming declines in wagering and attendance, problems that plague the racing industry nationwide. Statewide initiatives to install slot machines at the track also failed.

Plans call for the track’s 260-acre footprint to be turned into 3,000 housing units, including single-family townhomes and condos; 25 acres of parkland, including a 10-acre central park; and a retail and entertainment district, anchored by a movie theatre, office space and a 300-room hotel.

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