Cotolo’s Harness ReviewOur biggest score of the past weekend was almost everyone’s biggest score; at least those TwinSpires harness bettors that were following the Meadowlands on Jan. 7.
For the past few decades, California harness racing has survived extinction but never the peril of it. The once thriving western circuit which offered, one time or another, harness racing in the north and south at Los Alamitos, Hollywood Park, Cal-Expo, Bay Meadows, Fairplex Park and even Del Mar and Santa Anita, was saved again a few years ago to its sole outpost, Cal-Expo in Sacramento. Now, Cal-Expo harness faces closure.
The next meet, scheduled to begin Aug. 24, 2012, is lacking an operator. The track is currently advertising for such a person or organization, so that the Golden State’s standardbred community can ensue. Sources say there have been “a few inquiries” but no takers as of this writing. Two of those interested parties were from out of state.
An electronic billboard outside one of the entrances to the Exposition fairgrounds broadcasts that possible operators should get in contact by e-mail to obtain information about lease terms.
Trainer Lou Pena was refused participation in the current Meadowlands meet and that sparked a legal battle now in progress. Pena has filed a lawsuit against new owner-operator Jeff Gural and the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, seeking an immediate injunction against the order that would allow him to enter horses at the track.
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