Concerned that the racing industry is no closer to resolving issues surrounding the closure of Betfair Hollywood Park next year, the California Horse Racing Board July 18 put off final approval of racing dates in 2014-15 for another month.
The board approved a tentative plan May 23 for Southern California racing over the next two years but placed several conditions on it. Stabling in the Southern California region remains the biggest obstacle. When Hollywood closes, it will take 2,000 stalls with it. While representatives cobble together a plan to house the 3,000 or so Thoroughbreds that will require space during the next two years, the TOC is also pushing for an "industry fund" designed to create a permanent solution to the stabling dilemma.
Israel also wants a plan for the successful continuation of the stabling and vanning fund, which in recent years has dipped precariously due to the decline in satellite wagering from which it is derived. The board also conditioned the calendar on Santa Anita and Del Mar working out a shared television distribution plan for their races on TVG and HRTV. TVG has elected not to share its races from Del Mar this meet.
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