Hovdey on Californian History

By Jay Hovdey, DRF INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 31, 2013) -- It will be difficult to worry too much over the loss of many of Hollywood Park’s stakes events, now that they’ve each arrived at their final runnings. Most of them will be remembered fondly for their occasional renewals of merit, when good horses rose to the moment and left a good taste. But a fair number of them already have undergone changes in name and distance, jumbling history in the process. And it is impossible to overlook the impact of alterations made to the physical space, when the main oval was lengthened to nine furlongs in 1984, and then when dirt was replaced by a synthetic surface in 2006. http://www.drf.com/news/jay-hovdey-swaps-broke-mold-his-californian-win