Founded by film maker Harry Warner, his brother Jack, and several Hollywood friends, Hollywood Park opened its doors on June 10, 1938 and soon became one of the most important thoroughbred racing venues in the country. Over the next 75 years, Hollywood Park witnessed several legendary thoroughbreds make history, including the famous Seabiscuit who took the Gold Cup at the Park’s inaugural opening.
As a national icon, Hollywood Park was the source for many game innovations that are still in use today. For instance, the Park originated exacta wagering, Sunday racing, the Pick Six, and the Player’s Pick 5. This historic venue was also host to the first Breeders’ Cup in 1984 as well as two others in 1987 and 1997.
Toward the latter half of the 20th century, attendance at the Park began to drop significantly causing the track to close its doors in the fall of 2013. In an effort to preserve the Park’s history, the wood beams that supported the stands were saved during the demolition.