Subject: New Policies at Cal Expo for
The California Horse Racing Board welcomes back Cal Expo harness horsemen for the 2014-2015 Season. A number of changes have taken place over the summer that are important for horsemen to know. The most important changes are described below, and Executive Director Rick Baedeker, Equine Medical Director Dr. Rick Arthur and other CHRB will be attending a meeting organized by Watch and Wager and the California Harness Horsemen’s Association prior to the start of the meet to answer horsemen’s questions. More ---
Announces Incentive Plan for upcoming meet
Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 - Mark Ratzky, publicity – Cal Expo Harness
Watch and Wager LLC, the operator of Cal Expo, has announced the Incentive Plan for their upcoming meet, which is set to begin October 4 and will run through May 2 of 2015.
Each returning (non new) horse will receive a onetime owners credit of $300, with the incentive money being credited to the owners account upon making its first Cal Expo start. To be eligible, the layover/returning horse must start by November 2 of 2014.
Meanwhile, each approved new horse will be eligible to receive up to $1,200 in incentive money. Of that amount, $900 will be paid to the owner of record after the new horse makes it first start, with that start coming by January 14, 2015.
The remaining $300 will be paid to the first start owner after such horse makes its eighth Cal Expo start, and that start must come prior to the end of the meet in May of 2015.
A new horse is defined as a horse who has not started at Cal Expo since May 25 of 2013, and to be eligible the horse must have raced at another track in 2014.
All new horses must be approved by Watch and Wager management and the new horse incentive program will be limited to the first 150 approved new horses.
There is on track stall space available free of rent. 2014-15 Stall Application can be downloaded here.
Newly-renovated grooms quarters are also available for this meeting.
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Named New Cal Expo Director of Racing
Tuesday, June 24th, 2014 - Mark Ratzky, publicity – Cal Expo Harness
Watch and Wager LLC, the operator of harness racing at Cal Expo, has announced that Robin Schadt is the new Director of Racing.
Said General Manager Chris Schick, “Robin’s vast experience in all facets of the industry will make her a huge asset to the Cal Expo team.”
The 2014-2015 meeting is set to begin on October 4 and will run through May 4, with plans to expand to three nights of racing a week during the winter months.
Robin Schadt has extensive experience in the harness racing industry, including working as an assistant to Chicago Director of Racing and USTA President Phil Langley in the 1990s at Sportsman’s Park, and as the lead trainer and manager for the successful stable Odds On Racing for 13 years.
Said Schadt, “My goal is to produce a racing program where every horseman gets their horses raced on a regular basis for decent money and to provide the betting public with competitive fields on which to wager. I’m confident I can do both.
“I also want to incorporate on-line technology into the entry and racing process and bring the racing office into the 21st century.”
Schadt began her career in racing working as a caretaker for various Chicago conditioners in the 1980s. From there, she worked as the racing office assistant to Langley, while at the same time building a small stable of her own in the Windy City.
In 2000, Robin teamed up with owner Dana Parham to create the Odds On Racing empire. She was responsible for conditioning a stable of more than 100 horses and for managing and maintaining a state-of-the-art training facility located in Crete, IL. As well, she headed up the breeding arm of the operation, known as Odds On Nourrir, which was a key player at the leading yearling sales and in Grand Circuit events.
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