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Hollywood Park traditions prepare to find new homes

5895270541762176270.png A sunken economy, not a racing resurgence, bought Hollywood Park a few years. Now the light at the end of the economic tunnel is something other than an oncoming train, commercial development no longer sounds like the longshot it once was, and inevitability has become reality. So bury Hollywood Park as everyone must, but put the last rites for the Hollywood Gold Cup on hold. Its likely the Gold Cup, like several other existing fixtures around the country, will become something of a ghost race, this author's coinage for a high-profile race that continues to be run, under its same name, but not at its original track. Its a term borrowed from the ghost bands that came from the big-band era of the 1930s and 1940s: When the head of a well-known band died (Glenn Miller, for example), the band continued with a different leader but didnt change its name.
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