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Goldman retained in California
Wednesday, June 01, 2005 - by Erica Manuel (California Exposition & State Fair)

The California Exposition & State Fair today announced it will retain Ronald Goldman as Racing Secretary for its upcoming 26-day State Fair Harness Racing meet, which commences on August 6.

Goldman is a racing industry veteran with nearly 40 years of experience in the field. Most recently he served as Racing Official for Capitol Racing in Sacramento.

In his new role, Goldman will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the racing office including planning for the upcoming State Fair Harness Racing meet.

"We are extremely pleased to have Ron on board as a team member," said David Elliott, Cal-Expo Director of Racing. "Ron’s enthusiasm and his experience in the Harness Racing industry as a racing official will be instrumental to the success of the State Fair Harness Racing meet for the horsemen, the Fair, and the fans."

In March, the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) approved a landmark proposal by Cal-Expo to operate Harness Racing during the 2005 California State Fair. To accommodate that, the CHRB reallocated the historical State Fair Thoroughbred and Mixed Breed racing dates to Bay Meadows. The one-year experiment allows Cal-Expo to be the location to host Harness races continuously throughout 2005, providing continued employment and racing for the Harness industry while eliminating competing Thoroughbred racing days in Northern California.

"Our hope is that this experiment increases the health and well being of all breeds, which would be beneficial for the entire racing industry," Elliott said.

The State Fair Harness meet begins August 6 and ends September 17 with 26 racing programs. Cal-Expo organizers are proposing a daily post time of 5:35 p.m. each day during the State Fair with the exception of a Special Labor Day card on September 5 when the proposed post time will be in the early afternoon. The Sacramento Harness Benevolent Association will assume control of the meet beginning on September 23 through December 31, 2005.

The California State Fair runs from August 12–September 5, 2005. For more information, media may contact Erica Manuel at (916) 263-3237, (916) 825-0646, or via e-mail at emanuel@calexpo.com . The racing industry may contact David Elliott at (916) 263-3283 or via e-mail at delliott@calexpo.com