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Robin Schadt 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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Sunday, May 11th, 2014 - Mark Ratzky, publicity – Cal Expo Harness
The winter/spring Watch and Wager LLC harness meeting at Cal Expo concluded Saturday night with Luke Plano capturing the driving title, while Tim Maier ended up the leading trainer.
Plano reached the winner’s circle with 160 times, with James Kennedy finishing second in the standings with 121 winning tours. Tim Maier rounded out the top three with 90 victories in the sulky.
In the trainer standings, Maier edged out Bob Johnson by four wins as 79 of his stable representatives got the job done, while 75 Johnson trainees were victorious. Gene Vallandingham was third with 70 visits to the charmed enclosure.
The trotters and pacers are set to return to action here in October. General Manager Chris Schick is looking to add some new twists, including the addition of the popular Jackpot Pick Six to the wagering menu.



Live Harness Racing Returns to Cal Expo in October 2014