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Amateur driving series to debut in California
Tuesday, August 9, 2005 - by David Siegel, for the California Amateur Driving Club

Mountain View, CA --- The California Amateur Driving Club (CADC), in concert with the California State Fair and Television Games Network (TVG), will kick off, on Wednesday, August 17, the first two legs of the scheduled eight-race amateur driving series to be contested at Cal-Expo Raceway. These races will represent the first amateur racing in California since 2001. Sixteen drivers have been nominated to the series.
The series will raise several thousand dollars for Saddle Pals, an equine therapeutic riding center. Saddle Pals, a division of United Cerebral Palsy, is a Sacramento-area therapeutic horsemanship program that provides services to individuals with physical or developmental disabilities.

The series winner will be eligible to represent California in the Tim Fouts Memorial Amateur Race, held each fall during the Grand Circuit meet in Delaware, Ohio.

Club president David Siegel said “we are off to a great start in rebuilding the amateur program here in California. Such a program sets harness racing apart from nearly all other sports, in that owners can actually participate in the game. We are thankful that the Fair and TVG are giving us this opportunity and even more thankful that we can help the Saddle Pals program.

“The support of the organizations involved and our horsemen has been outstanding. I am confident of the series’ success and hopeful that we can continue amateur driving here in California, well into the future.”