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Hollywood Park To Continue Racing In 2009
In the US, Hollywood Park track president Jack Liebau told the California Horse Racing Board that his track "plans to race for at least one more year", while the racing industry in Southern California has "coalesced around Fairplex Park as the region's eventual replacement for the Inglewood track," reported bloodhorse.com. During a "brief progress report on the immediate future of racing in California", Liebau assured the CHRB that Hollywood Park "intends to run through at least the 2009 spring/summer season, provided the track is awarded its traditional racing dates". Unable to "dent tribal casino control of Las Vegas-style gaming in the state", Hollywood's property owner Bay Meadows Land Company "has moved forward with plans for redeveloping the 237-acre site". Meanwhile Del Mar Thoroughbred Club vice president Craig Fravel (speaking for a committee of industry stake holders in Southern California) announced that if Hollywood Park suspended racing before the 2009 meet "those dates would be assigned to Fairplex". However Fravel added that "legislation providing a mechanism to help pay for a proposed US$75 million expansion plan (to make Fairplex a year-round training facility suitable for extended racing) is in the works, but needs action during the current session".