Hollywood cancels Thursday card due to horse shortage

Hollywood Park officials could not fill fields for Thursday’s races, so they canceled the entire card. Racing was not canceled any other day and the first post time for today is 1 pm.  

A Hollywood Park official said that they postponed the draw from Sunday until Tuesday for Thursday’s races, then had to cancel when not enough horses entered.

“It’s simple,” Eual Wyatt, Jr., vice president and general manager of Hollywood Park told the Los Angeles Times.  “There is a shortage of horses. It may be the economy. Investing in horses is an expensive proposition.

“Is this a sign of things to come? That’s only a guess.”

This winter, races were canceled at Golden Gate Fields because of horse shortages, but never before at Hollywood, Wyatt said. 

“We will discuss and see if there are some accommodations we can make,” Wyatt said. “We should have a strategy by early next week.”

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