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Harness Racing to return to State Fair in 2006
Saturday, November 12, 2005

The harness horsemen of California received another helping hand from the Cal Expo Board of Directors on October 28, 2005 when that distinguished group voted to extend the experiment for one more year to allow harness horses to compete during the 2006 California State Fair.  Although under scrutiny by the mixed breed supporters, the Horse Racing Committee chaired by John Gowney, recommended harness racing's return and the Board agreed after a long debate from the mixed breed contingent.  Chairman Rex Himes, General Manager Norb Bartosik, and Supervisor of Racing David Elliott believe with the resurgence of handle created during the current Sacramento Harness Associations 2005 fall meet and the hopefully a steadily increasing 2006 spring meet handle, the 2006 version of the State Fair meet will turn around and be much more successful.

Being the visionaries they are, Cal Expo is planning to explore the feasibility of installing a turf course and a second dirt track inside the existing one mile oval, so that Cal Expo could possibly offer both harness racing and mixed breed racing at the same meet with day and night racing programs.  CHHA would like to again thank Cal Expo for their continued support of harness racing.