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Cal Expo Hosts Racing Seminars
Thursday, August 11, 2005

The Californian State Fair is set to begin its first harness racing meet, and featured during the session will be two popular USTA programs.

Hoof Beats Executive Editor Nicole Kraft will be on hand at Cal Expo on Friday, Aug. 26 for a Harness Racing 101 seminar, held from 3-5 p.m. The seminar features:

1. The basic information program about harness racing;
2. Equipment basics;
3. How to read the program;
4. Betting basics
5. Guests including drivers, trainers, starter, announcer, etc.
6. Visit to the paddock and grandstand tour.

After Harness Racing 101, an Outreach booth will be set up by the winner’s circle for the duration of the races for the distribution of materials, sales of merchandise, information and prize drawings, and will also feature visits from California's best horsemen who will answer fan questions.

On Saturday, Aug. 27, Kraft and Cal Expo will host an owner’s seminar, beginning at 2 p.m., which will feature:

1. Risks and rewards of horse ownership;
2. Meeting with owners who race in California and discussing their experiences;
3. Types of horse ownership with relative pros and cons;
4. Costs involved/review local bills for actual horses;
5. How to choose a trainer;
6. Visit barns to meet with trainers;
7. Dinner at the races.

For more information, contact Kraft at 877-800-8782, ext. 3233