HOLLYWOOD PARK : Two Days of Betting on Kentucky Derby Set

Hollywood Park will offer wagering on the Kentucky Derby today and Saturday.

Betting on the Derby and the 16 other races--five simulcasts from Churchill Downs, two from Golden Gate Fields and nine live races--will be accepted from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. today and during the races tonight.

Gates will open at 9 a.m. Saturday and the first of the simulcasts from Churchill Downs, the $75,000 American Turf, will be shown at 10 a.m.

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The EZQ will be history after tonight's races.

The new bet, a form of the quinella that allowed players to cash if their horses finished 1-2, 1-3 or 2-3, has been eliminated and replaced with the traditional quinella, in which a bettor has to select the first two finishers in either order.

"We said on opening day we would measure the feedback from our patrons and their preference is clear--they want to have the option of playing the quinella," said Rick Baedeker, Hollywood Park's vice president for marketing and publicity.

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Exercise rider William Strauss, 57, died of what appeared to be a heart attack after working a horse Thursday morning at Hollywood Park.

The former jockey was pulling up a horse trained by George Williams when he was stricken.

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