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Amateur driving series in California announced
Tuesday, July 19, 2005 - by David Siegel, for the California Amateur Driving Club

The recently reconstituted California Amateur Driving Club (CADC), in concert with the California State Fair, has announced an eight-race amateur driving series. These races will represent the first amateur racing opportunity in California since 2001.
A total of $28,000 in purses will be available for the four trotting and four pacing races, which will be contested on three consecutive Wednesdays, beginning August 17, and the final will be raced on Labor Day. In addition to the augmented purses available for horsemen, the series will benefit a Sacramento-area equine rescue organization; the drivers have pledged to donate, through the CADC, both their driving and entry fees.

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

“Amateur racing is one of the great things that separate participation in harness racing from Thoroughbred racing,” CADC president David Siegel said. “Operating within the challenging economic environment we find ourselves today, being able to race horses in amateur events is a helpful selling point when trying to attract new owners to our sport.

“We owe a debt of gratitude to both (the) TVG Network and the California State Fair for giving us this showcase opportunity.”

Traditionally a Thoroughbred meet has been conducted at Cal-Expo in August, when hundreds of thousands of people attend the annual State-sponsored Fair. In 2005, a harness meet will be conducted.