Actor Dick Van Patten is able to celebrate his filly win the third race on the final day at Hollywood Park on Sunday.
Staff photographer Scott Varley
== From Los Angeles News Group writers Nick Green and Sandy Mazza: An interview with 92-year-old fan Rudy Carreron, whom we mentioned via his hand-made sign in our column. “I don’t know whether to laugh or cry,” Carreon said.
== From Bloodhorse.com notes Corey Nakatani’s win in the final race was his 1,202nd at the track. That leaves him just eighth on the all-time list.
“That was really emotional,” Nakatani said. “It’s hard to really say that much. This has always been such a great place to be. After winning a bunch of races here, it’s hard to see it go. It’s pretty sad.”
== From the Associated Press’ Beth Harris, who caught up with 77-year-old Hall of Fame trainer Jack Van Berg: “I just think it’s a pathetic thing,” he said of the track’s closure. “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.”
== From the L.A. Times’ David Wharton, talking to a fan:
“It takes closing up to draw 30,000?” said Terry Howard, who lives down the street and attends racing daily. “Where were all these people before?”