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California Incentives Announced
Monday, June 26, 2006 - Scott Ehrlich, publicity director, the Sacramento Harness Association

A new incentive program for Cal-Expo harness racing, effective August 2, has been announced.

The program is a joint venture between the Sacramento Harness Association and the California Harness Horseman's Association. Every new horse making its first start, between August 2, 2006 and March 31, 2007, will receive a $2,000 bonus. In addition, any time that new horse wins during the period, a $500 bonus will also be awarded.

If a new horse is claimed or sold during the time period, the owner of record at the time of the horse’s first start at Cal-Expo will be “grandfathered in” for 50 percent of all the bonus money.
"Initial reaction to the plan has been unbelievably positive," Ben Kenney, president of the California Harness Horsemen’s Association, said. "The ownership base is really energized with the year-round schedule and incentive money.”

“We are really excited about partnering with the California Harness Horsemen’s Association on this unique incentive plan," Chris Schick, general manager of the Sacramento Harness Association, said. "The goal of this plan is to generate the field size and competitive product needed to take our industry in California to another level."

Sacramento Harness is in the midst of a strong meet at Cal-Expo Raceway. Average nightly handle is up more than 15 percent, compared to last year, and purses are up more than 20 percent.

For more information about the California new horse incentive plan, contact Sandee Baker, Sacramento Harness Association owner relations and new owner development manager, at (916) 239-4040, ext. 203.

The details of the program can be found by clicking: New Horse Bonus Details. In addition, the topic will be discussed at the upcoming CHHA meeting on Saturday, July 29th, to be held at Cal-Expo at 12:30pm.