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The harness racing team from Cal-Expo managed a clean sweep of four races last night to take a commanding 99-39 lead in the eighth annual East-West Amateur Drivers Challenge.

With March Madness well in the rear view mirror, the eyes of the harness racing world will be on Sacramento, California for the two-day, East versus West, Amateur Driving Challenge.

The brainchild of former Californian harness racing secretary, Dave Goldschmidt, is now going into its eighth year. The 2013 installment of the East-West Amateur Driving Challenge will take place on April 12th and 13th at Cal-Expo in Sacramento, California.

After winning the first two legs of the East-West Challenge on Friday Night (April 13) , the amateur harness racing squad from Cal-Expo managed to hold onto their lead and ultimately defeat the Eastern team comprised of some of the top Billings drivers with a final score of 119-91.

The team from Cal-Expo managed a couple of upsets last night in the first two races of five to take the lead in the seventh annual harness racing East-West Amateur Drivers Challenge.

With March Madness well in the rear view mirror, the eyes of the world will be on Sacramento, California for the two-day, East versus West, Amateur Driving Challenge.

The brainchild of former Californian harness racing secretary, Dave Goldschmidt, is now going into its fifth year. The 2012 installment of the East-West Amateur Driving Challenge will take place on April 13th and 14th at Cal-Expo in Sacramento, California.

Uncooperative weather did not dampen the spirits that accompanied the harness racing fans and drivers involved in the Bronte Epilepsy Research Foundation Amateur series finals on Saturday.

Over the last three weeks, while half of the harness racing horses in the Lou Pena sponsored Bronte Series have been eliminated, eight mares and eight geldings stand ready to do battle to win their piece of the $10,000 purses.

The second leg of the Bronte Epilepsy Research Foundation Amateur Series; a pair of $15,000 California Sire Stakes for the 3-year-old pacing and trotting colts and a complete simulcast of the $6 million Breeders Crown harness racing program from Woodbine are on tap at Cal Expo on Saturday night (October 29).

While the Bronte Research Epilepsy Foundation is the big winner in 3-week amateur harness racing series being held at Cal-Expo, the claiming box saw more action than in recent memory with four horses changing hands.

The largest amateur harness racing series ever conducted in California begins on Saturday with two legs of colts and geldings and two legs of mares competing at the $3000 claiming level.

Lou Pena has returned to the Golden State - not to race horses - but as a major supporter of California harness racing and the Bronte Epilepsy Research Foundation.

The California Amateur Driving Club (CADC) today announced the "The Bronte Epilepsy Research Foundation Amateur Late Closer Race Series sponsored by harness racing trainer Lou Pena" will be held on three Saturdays beginning October 22nd.

In addition to being closing night, Saturday evening's (June 18) harness racing program at Cal Expo will find the final leg of the TVG Get Away Amateur Driver series. With four races in the books, the eighth and tenth contests on the evening will round out the event.

The second of three legs of the 2011 harness racing 'TVG Get Away Amateur Series' took place in two divisions this past Saturday. Amanda Fraser won her first pari-mutual race and the first leg on Laredos Goose, which also happens to be the leading horse in the series.

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