Cotolo’s Harness Review, News And Notes
Harness racing returned to Cal Expo this weekend for the first time since June (the five-month drought of races is the longest at the facility since 2000), giving the industry another incarnation with a new operator. Alan Horowitz, executive director of the California Harness Horsemen's Association, expects the new operators to aggressively try to win back fans and rebuild the racing product.
“Expect new wagers with new guaranteed payouts, more full fields with new horses, trainers and drivers,” he said.
Horses and horsemen have signed up to race from Florida, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Canada.
The meet opened on Breeders’ Cup weekend. Management feels racing from 6 to 11 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time), will attract an audience across other time zones, picking up East Coast fans when those tracks close, adding people in Central time and maintaining the West Coast viewer all evening.
In Delaware, Corey Callahan defends three-straight driver crowns and Josh Green has a seven-straight streak going as leading trainer at Dover Downs. The track opened for its 44th season on Sunday, Nov. 4
Thanks to Don Daniels for the classic photos