Sacred Grounds where Champions Raced

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Formerly Bay Meadows

…the crowd cheered in unison for one single mare from start to finish as if she were racing alone.  And, when she claimed her seventeenth consecutive victory, Zenyatta stood on that site, a perfect Thoroughbred, and took in an ovation from a crowd that was absolutely in awe of her presence.  It was not simply a horse race.  It was a historical moment.  And, the site of that historical event is the same site, which, if developers get their way, will be demolished [Hollywood Park] and turned into a retail and residential area.

I fail to see a need for another commercial or residential development on grounds where our champions tested their limits and showed us what we had deemed impossible.  Rather, there is a need to… READ MORE from The Saturday Post

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Rich Nilsen is a 15-time qualifier to the National Horseplayers Championship (NHC), an event he has cashed in four times. He was the first player to finish in the top 10 twice. He was also a winner of a $24,000 package into Kentucky Derby Betting Championship I. A former executive with Brisnet.com, Rich is also a graduate of the University of Louisville Equine Business Program. He is founder of AGameofSkill.com, a site devoted to horse racing education and promotion.

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