Hollywood Park, once America's most famous horse racing showplace closed Sunday after 75 years.
The storied horse race track counted legendary moviemakers and film stars among its patrons as they mingled with other tweed suited Californians out for an afternoon of wagering.
The Inglewood track, known for its pink flamingos on the infield lake and frequent flyovers by jumbo jets descending on Los Angeles International Airport, was closed after the last race Sunday following a long and steady decline in attendance.
The end of the line for the track, which is officially called Betfair Hollywood Park, underscores the challenges facing the horse racing industry, which has seen its popularity erode as casinos and online gambling have flourished.
At Hollywood Park on Saturday, as the bugle sounded to announce each new lineup of thoroughbreds taking the track, groups of mostly gray-haired men placed bets indoors between glances at television monitors.
Outside in the sun, people filled only a few of the trackside seats in an area where crowds once roared.
Horses break from the starting gate at the 75 year old Betfair Hollywood Park racetrack.
Two flamingos float on a lake at Betfair Hollywood Park racetrack. Los Angeles Zoo officials tried to trap them twice to take them to the Charles Paddock Zoo in Atascadero, but the birds escaped both attempts and returned.