Win, Place, No Show

For what is believed to be the first time a Southern California track has canceled racing because of shortage of horses, according to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.

The newspaper reported that the shortage was caused, in part, by owners chasing more lucrative purses at other tracks.

The eight-race card was delayed by two days. That still wasn't enough time to fill out the field.

"I suppose that was some sort of a precursor to the situation we have here," Hollywood Park general manager Eual Wyatt Jr. told the Tribune. "I obviously don't want to be doom and gloom, but it is what it is and whatever we need todo to accommodate it we'll do."

Trainer and owner Bruce Headley told the Tribune that they economy is a major reason why racetracks are struggling to fill cards.

"It doesn't pay to own a race horse because you're destined to lose (money)," Headley said.

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