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Continuing to set the standard for innovation in amateur racing, Cal- Expo Racing, The California Amateur Driving Club (CADC) and the California Harness Horsemen's Association (CHHA) today announced two late closing series for amateur drivers.Each series will feature two legs and a final with an estimated purse of $8000.

The first series, to be contested beginning on Saturday June 14 for three consecutive Saturdays, is an open claiming event with tags on the first to legs of $3500 and $4500 plus allowances. The second series is limited to filly and mare claimers with the same claiming prices, plus allowances, and will be contested on three successive Saturdays beginning July 7. No claiming will be permitted in the final for each series. Nominations for both series close the Monday prior to the first leg.

Complete details of the series are available at
The CHHA and track management have been very supportive of amateur racing since its re-emergence in the summer of 2005 when the State Fair, the meet's current operator, took over. "There is no doubt that the California Amateur program is the strongest track- based program in the country. Given the challenges of running a meet isolated from other tracks, amateur driving not only provides for a varied program for fans, but serves a purpose for lesser experienced drivers to be competitive and to show to potential owners another side of ownership unavailable with thoroughbreds or quarter horses, said Dave Elliott, General Manager."

CHHA board member, USTA director and former GM Chris Schick shared Mr. Elliott's view by saying, "I applaud the efforts made by the CADC over the last few years. We think amateur racing provides some nice variety from our overnight program and the late closing concept is an innovative and worthwhile endeavor that we are happy to support."

For general information about the CADC, please visit