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Raleigh Wiseman Memorial Service and Race
Wednesday, November 15, 2006 - by David Siegel, Director, CHHA

California harness racing suffered a great loss with the passing of Raleigh Wiseman this past weekend. Raleigh was involved in a fatal car accident on Saturday night.

Raleigh has been a fixture in western harness racing for the last 50 years. Raleigh’s dad entered the business in the 1950s and Raleigh drove for him at the fairs in Washington and California. More recently, Raleigh trained a small stable at Cal-Expo.

His wife Mary and his two sons Ken and Steve survive Raleigh. Raleigh was quite proud of both his sons and had the pleasure of working daily with his son Steve, who drove Raleigh’s last winner, Melt Down, on October 13th. Raleigh’s pride and joy were his three grandchildren, Tyler, Brian and Chelsea. He had hoped to see one or more of them in a sulky someday.

The industry will mourn the loss of Raleigh on Friday (November 17th) at Cal-Expo where there will be a memorial service at 3pm at the track’s chapel on the backside. After the service, Sacramento Harness Association will honor Raleigh at a buffet reception to be held in the Turf Club.

The sixth race on Friday’s (11-17-06) program is The Raleigh Wiseman Memorial Pace. The race will be followed by a brief ceremony in the winner’s circle where Raleigh’s immediate family is expected to attend.