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California Announces Horse Incentive Plan
Monday, June 20, 2005 - by Nicole Kraft (USTA)

The two new harness racing operators in California--Cal Expo Harness and Sacramento Harness Association--along with the CHHA, have jointly announced a new horse incentive program to benefit horses that did not compete at the track in 2005, prior to Aug. 6.

When any new horse (excluding 2-year-olds) makes a first start, the owner of record will receive a $500 bonus. When that same new horse makes its 10th start, the owner of record will receive an additional $500 bonus. The new horse with the most wins during the period of Aug. 6 to Dec. 30 will receive a $10,000 bonus, and the new horse with the most money earnings during the incentive period will also receive a $10,000 bonus.

"This incentive plan, coupled with the new year-round schedule, has energized the owner base," said Dave Elliot assistant general manager for racing at Cal Expo.

For more information call Sacramento Harness Association at (916) 622-RACE (7223)