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R.D. Hubbard, former Hollywood Park owner, dies at 84

Barrett bred 31 stakes winners, was an icon of the racing industry

R.D. Hubbard, breeder and racing icon, died Wednesday at 84. The former owner of Hollywood Park and Ruidoso Downs bred 31 black-type (stakes) winners, including multiple Grade I champion Stravinsky, Grade I winner Timely Assertion, six-time graded stakes winner Spring House and Grade II winner Cool Conductor.

“With the passing of R.D. Hubbard, we have lost a visionary leader who rose from humble beginnings to become a highly successful businessman, philanthropist, and sportsman,” National Thoroughbred Racing Association CEO Alex Waldrop said in a statement.

  • Bob Baffert and his wife Jill were among dozens of horse racing supporters who rallied Tuesday outside a meeting of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors calling for a return of racing at Santa Anita. “I hope we made a little statement,” Baffert said. “The thing is, the supervisors, they have so much on their plate. When they see horse racing, they think, ‘Oh horse racing. it’s just fun and it’s a rich man’s sport. What are they worried about?’ But it’s not, they don’t realize that. The backstretch workers … the people who work for me, they don’t want to be on welfare, they want to work. They want to earn their money.”
  • Oaklawn Park split Saturday’s Arkansas Derby into two divisions because 21 horses entered the race for 3-year-olds that during normal times serves as a major prep for the Kentucky Derby. Baffert’s two entrants, Charlatan and Nadal, are the two favorites. Charlatan will run in the first leg and drew the No. 1 post. He’s listed at even money and will be ridden by Martin Garcia. Nadal, who won the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park in March, is the 5-2 morning-line favorite in his division two races later and will be ridden by Joel Rosario. Storm the Court, the 2019 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner, also is in the second division and is 6-1.