On this Throwback Thursday, Keeneland salutes Hollywood Park, which is closing Dec. 22.
Keeneland and Hollywood Park have a unique connection as both race tracks were founded during the Great Depression. Keeneland opened Oct. 15, 1936, and Hollywood Park opened June 10, 1938.
Over the years, some of the greatest performances in Thoroughbred racing have linked the Kentucky and California tracks. In 1951, Triple Crown winner Citation, racing for Keeneland’s famous neighbor, Calumet Farm, became racing’s first millionaire when he won the Hollywood Gold Cup.