Updated: April 26, 2012 8:29AM
INGLEWOOD, Calif. — Marje Everett, who once ran the Arlington Park racetrack and was a longtime chairwoman of Hollywood Park, died at her West Los Angeles home on Friday morning, according to racetrack spokesman Bob Mieszerski. She was 90.
A native of New York, Ms. Everett was the daughter of Benjamin Lindheimer, who owned Arlington Park and the defunct Washington Park in Illinois.
When Lindheimer died in 1960, Ms. Everett took over and oversaw the expansion of the Arlington meeting to 67 days beginning in 1961, when Washington Park shiftedsome of its thoroughbred dates to Arlington. The racing schedule expanded again to 103 days in 1964, when the remaining Washington Park dates were shifted. By 1971, after mergers, Madison Square Garden had taken control of the track, eventually owned by Richard Duchossois.
Ms. Everett served on the board of directors of Hollywood Park from 1972 to 1991 and as chairwoman, CEO and president of the track from 1985 to 1991. During her tenure, Hollywood Park hosted the Breeders’ Cup twice.
Hollywood Park general manager Eual Wyatt Jr. worked as racing secretary for more than 15 years under Ms. Everett.
“She was very sincere about her love for racing. She tried to do everything in the best interest of both patrons and horsemen,” Wyatt said. Ms. Everett also was a horse owner, including Stardust Mel.
Retired Hall of Fame jockey Laffit Pincay Jr. remained close friends with Ms. Everett, saying he last spoke to her about two weeks ago.
“The thing I admired about her was her love of racing. She always wanted the best for racing,” Pincay said.
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