“I’m really looking forward to this meet,” Kuebler said. “We’ve currently got 68 new horses on the grounds, directly as the result of the new horse incentive program, and I’m confident that number will reach the 100 limit. Some of these are very nice trotters and pacers that will certainly add to the quality of our racing.”
Racing will be conducted on Saturday nights in October, with Friday and Saturday evening action set to begin in November.
The California Harness Horseman’s Association, in partnership with Watch and Wager LLC, is pleased to offer the new horse incentive program for the meeting. Under the program, each new horse will receive $1,000 in bonus money upon making its first start, with a new horse being defined as a trotter or pacer that has not started at Cal Expo since June 14, 2012.
Watch and Wager LLC also plans to honor many of the legendary figures of California harness racing with an extensive series of late-closing events.
Among the highlights will be the Annette Funnicello Pacing Series starting on Oct. 12; the Dr. Gary Budahn Trotting Series and Lonnie Beck Pacing Series, which begin on Dec. 27 and 28, respectively; the Alan Kirschenbaum Pacing Series, set to get underway on Feb. 7; the Stan Bergstein Trotting Series on Mar. 21 and the Lloyd Arnold Pacing Series on Mar. 22.
Plenty of stalls are still available -- with no stall rent. For the list of California Harness Legends late-closing events; complete new horse incentive rules; stall applications and purse schedule, please go to www.calxharness.com or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.