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Elkton, MD -- Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by the USTA/BetAmerica, is excited to announce the line-up for Thursday morning (Nov. 14th) at 10:30 a.m. They will be joined by Matt Kakaley, Gary Seibel, Jason Turner, and Norton Shoemaker. Driver Matt Kakaley will talk to Mike and Mike about his drives in the Matron Stakes coming up Thursday night at Dover Downs in Delaware. Cal Expo Announcer and Hall of Famer Gary Seibel will discuss the fall/winter meet at the Sacramento oval, which just got underway. The Digital Brand Strategist for the USTA Jason Turner will join the duo to talk about the Youth Delegate Summit that took place this past weekend. Harrah's Philadelphia Starter Norton Shoemaker will give us an inside look at what goes into starting the races on a daily basis. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by USTA/BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. via their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN. From Post Time WIth Mike And Mike  

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - CBS Sports Network will present a 90-minute harness racing telecast of the $1 million Hambletonian, live from The Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, N.J., on Sat., Aug. 4, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. [EDT] The Hambletonian is the first and most prestigious leg of the Trotting Triple Crown. CBS Sports Network, which has been the broadcast home of the Hambletonian since 2012, also will air the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks, and provide coverage of the $286,650 John Cashman Memorial Trot, featuring Horse of the Year Hannelore Hanover and 2016 Hambletonian and Triple Crown champion Marion Marauder. "We are proud to continue the 40-year tradition of televising the Hambletonian," said John Campbell, president and CEO of the Hambletonian Society. "Daytime harness racing is an exciting and colorful sport and I believe every year harness racing fans of all levels anticipate and expect to watch the Hambletonian on the first Saturday of August. "Along with our broadcast partners the New Meadowlands and the United States Trotting Association, we remain committed to giving fans an entertaining and exciting TV option." The on-air team for the Hambletonian is a stellar trio of award-winning harness racing veterans. Gary Seibel, a former host of racing coverage on ESPN, NBC, CBS and TVG, will anchor the coverage. A member of harness racing's Communicators Hall of Fame, Seibel will be appearing on his 26th straight Hambletonian broadcast. Dave Brower, one of harness racing's most respected handicappers, will co-anchor. Brower, a staple of The Meadowlands airwaves, hosts the nightly broadcast of "Racing from the Meadowlands" as well as the SportsNet NY Meadowlands live television programs. Brower is an alumnus of Fox Sports New York, MSG Networks and TVG's "Drive Time". He is the author of the bestseller Harnessing Winners: The Complete Guide to Handicapping Harness Races. New to the Hambletonian coverage this year is Canada's Greg Blanchard. Blanchard will provide pre-and-post race interviews, along with information from the backstretch throughout the day. The Director of Racing at Ontario-based Western Fair for the past eight seasons, Blanchard has previously worked for Woodbine Entertainment Group in Toronto as a television commentator, hosting both network and simulcast broadcasts for both Standardbred and Thoroughbred breeds and also served as Manager of Media Communications for the Standardbred division. Emmy Award winner Mike Trager and the Trager Group have been executive producers of the Hambletonian broadcasts for the past 26 years. The award winning team will be lead by producer Peter Lasser and director David Newman, both Hambletonian and harness racing broadcast veterans. Meadowlands announcer Ken Warkentin will provide his racing expertise and race call. The 93rd Hambletonian show will re-air Saturday night, Aug. 4 at 8:30 p.m. [EDT]. CBS Sports Network, the 24-hour home of CBS Sports, is available across the country in more than 99 million homes nationwide. CBS Sports Network televises nearly 600 live events and over 3,000 hours of live programming every year including live college football, college basketball, and more from the MW, AAC, Big East, C-USA, A-10, Army, Navy, and the Patriot League. CBSSN is also the home to Professional Bull Riding and Arena Football League. For more information, and to access the CBS Sports Network channel finder, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com. by Rachel Ryan, for the Meadowlands  

Elkton, MD - Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica, is excited to announce their line-up for Thursday morning (July 12) at 10:30 a.m. They will be joined by Gary Seibel and Dave Brower, CBS Sports Network co-hosts; Jim Brown, from Midwest Auctioneers; and Darin Gagne, from Running Aces. Mike Bozich will be at the controls with Gary Seibel and Dave Brower who join the program filling in for Michael Carter who is on assignment this week. Seibel and Brower who work with CBS Sports Network during the Hambletonian, will also discuss the entrants and how they feel the race will play out. The pair will talk about some of their past experiences on the broadcast and what they are looking forward to this year. Jim Brown, from Midwest Auctioneers, joins to discuss the upcoming sale of contents at Pompano Park. The group plans to auction off the contents of the grandstand and clubhouse on August 5 and 6. The weekly Running Aces segment continues this week as track announcer, Darin Gagne will join the program to discuss the happenings at the Minnesota facility. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica will be live from the 2018 Hambletonian on Saturday beginning at 3:00 PM. Details are forth-coming and will be available tomorrow (Thursday) morning.   Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. via their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive atwww.betamerica.com/BARN.   by Michael Carter, for Post Time with Mike and Mike

The Little Brown Jug and CBS Sports Network have finalized plans for the 69th edition of the pacing classic. The Little Brown Jug brought to you by Fazolis telecast will air live from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on CBS Sports Network on Thursday, September 18th. The last Jug elimination heat will be shown live at approximately 5:11 p.m. The remaining eliminations will be covered on a tape delay basis. The 2nd heat of the Jug will be shown live at approximately 6:15 p.m. The LBJ conditions require the champion to win two heats, if a race off is necessary, CBS Sports Network will cut into its regularly scheduled program at 7:00 p.m. to show the race-off live. Post time of the race-off would be approximately 7:02 p.m. The Winbak Farm Pace is also expected to air live during the 90 minute broadcast. We are extremely excited about the live coverage of the Little Brown Jug, said production coordinator Sam McKee. Thanks to great support from our main sponsor Fazolis, plus the Ohio Standardbred Development Fund, the USTA and the Jack Darling Pledge Fund, were able to showcase one of harness racings greatest events to a national television audience. The willingness of CBS to cut back in for live coverage of a race off if necessary allows the Delaware County Fair to schedule and structure the races to maximize both mutuel handle and the on-track experience for everyone. This years LBJ is shaping up to be one of the finest, added Phil Terry, LBJ Marketing Manager. We are expected the best three-year-old colt pacers to enter and we are looking forward to a great day of racing. Bruce Casella is the Executive Producer of the telecast. Veteran racing personalities Gary Seibel and Dave Brower will host the show along with Justin Horowitz and Heather Vitale. The Voice of the Jug, Hall Of Fame announcer Roger Huston will call the races. To find the CBS Sports Network channel in your area, please visit http://www.cbssportsnetwork.com/channel-finder. by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug

East Rutherford, NJ - CBS Sports Network will present a 90-minute high-definition live broadcast from 4:00-5:30 p.m. (EDT) of America's Trotting Classic, the $1.2 million Hambletonian, from The Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, NJ on Saturday, Aug. 2. The 24-hour home of CBS Sports has been the home of the Hambletonian since 2012. CBS Sports Network expanded its coverage of harness racing in 2014 to include two more of the sport's most prestigious stakes The $750,000 Meadowlands Pace was broadcast live on July 12, in a telecast that included the dramatic win of He's Watching, as well as the final Hambletonian prep races, the Stanley Dancer Memorial won by Father Patrick and Del Miller Memorial for sophomore trotting fillies, won by Shake It Cerry. The action shifts to the historic fairgrounds at Delaware, Ohio for the $600,000 Little Brown Jug brought to you by Fazoli's, which will air on CBSSN on Sept. 18 from 5:00-6:30 p.m. Eastern. Wider exposure of the major stakes has long been a goal of Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment and the Hambletonian Society, the sponsors of the Hambletonian. "Live television of the premier events has always been a top priority of the Hambletonian Society," said Tom Charters, president of the organization which owns and administrates 137 of racing's most important events. "The Hambletonian has been televised for more than 40 years and we're proud to be televised on CBS Sport Network, and pleased to see more harness racing added to the schedule." The on-air team for the Hambletonian is a stellar trio of harness racing veterans. Gary Seibel, a host of racing coverage on ESPN, NBC, CBS and TVG, will anchor the coverage. A member of harness racing's Communicators Hall of Fame, Seibel will be appearing on his 22nd straight Hambletonian broadcast. Seibel also hosted network TV coverage of the Breeders Crown, harness racing's divisional championship series, and filled a similar role for the American Championship Harness Series. Dave Brower, one of harness racing's sharpest handicappers, will co-anchor. Brower is an alumnus of "Racing from the Meadowlands" television program on SNY, Fox Sports New York, MSG Networks and TVG's "Drive Time". This will be his third year as co-host of the Hambletonian on CBS Sports Network. Brower wrote "Harnessing Winners: The Complete Guide to Handicapping Harness Races," published by Daily Racing Form's press division in 2009. Justin Horowitz returns in his role of trackside reporter. Horowitz, a former sports video-journalist in Minnesota and New York, is now the racing and media manager for Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs in New York and Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment. Horowitz debuted on CBS Sports Network's Hambletonian broadcast in 2012, and was awarded a Barasch Breakthrough Award the following year for his subsequent contributions. Emmy Award winner Mike Trager and the Trager Group will produce the Hambletonian. Peter Lasser directs. CBS Sports Network (CBSSN), the 24-hour home of CBS Sports, televises 350 live games and 2,900 hours of original programming every year including CBS Sports shoulder programming, live college football, college basketball, and more from the MW, C-USA, A-10, Army, Navy, and the Patriot League. CBSSN is the home to Professional Bull Riding and Major League Lacrosse. DIRECTV (channel 221) carries CBS Sports Network in its Choice Extra package while Dish Network (158) carries CBS Sports Network in its Classic Silver 200 package. The channel is also available across the country through local cable, video and telco providers and via satellite. For more information, and to access the CBS Sports Network channel finder, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com. The CBS Sports Network channel listing for Canadian television providers is as follows: Rogers - 416 SD, 547 HD Cogeco - 160 SD, 744 HD Bell Expressvu - 413 SD, 1432 HD Eastlink - Primarily 134, also found on 206, 168 Sasktel - 425 BellAliant TV - 479. by Rachel Ryan, for the Meadowands        

MANALAPAN, NJ - July 30, 2014 - Saturday's Hambletonian Day 15-race card at the Meadowlands is loaded with rich stakes worth nearly $3.6 million in purse money, including the $225,000 Anthony Abbatiello New Jersey Classic and its filly companion race, the $100,000 Thomas D'Altrui Miss New Jersey. The two stakes for New Jersey-sired three-year-old pacers are early in the card - the third race for the Miss New Jersey and the fourth race for the New Jersey Classic - and have the possibility of being two of the most contentious and bettor-friendly events, with no prohibitive favorites. Racing conditions for the two stakes were amended to eliminate eliminations. The finals are limited to the 10 highest lifetime money-winning horses in the entry box. To further sweeten the pot, even those who do not share in the top five purse distribution will not go home empty-handed. The connections of the New Jersey Classic colts finishing sixth through 10 will receive $1,500 each while the connections of the Miss New Jersey fillies will receive $1,000 each. "We are very pleased that we have full and competitive fields for both stakes, in fact, 11 entered in each with 10 going postward," said Tom Luchento, president of the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey [SBOANJ], which sponsors the two races. "We feel stallions will return to New Jersey once we have casino-infused purses, a likelihood in the next few years, but for now we are trying our best to make it worthwhile for breeders to support our program and owners to buy New Jersey-sired offspring with the opportunity to compete in such events as the New Jersey Classic and Miss New Jersey," Luchento added. Post time on Saturday, August 2, 2014 is 12 noon with gates opening at 10 a.m. Admission is $5. The $1 million Hambletonian [Race 13] and $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks [Race 12] and the $300,650 John Cashman Jr. Memorial Trot will be featured on the live television broadcast from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on CBS Sports Network [for Channel Finder - www.cbssportsnework.com]. The program will be hosted by Gary Seibel, Dave Brower and Justin Horowitz. The fields for the New Jersey Classic and Miss New Jersey with post, horse, sire, driver, trainer and morning line odds: Race 4 - $225,000 ANTHONY ABBATIELLO NEW JERSEY CLASSIC 1-Doo Wop Hanover - Rocknroll Hanover - Yannick Gingras - Steve Elliott - 9-5 2-Western Vintage - Western Ideal - Brian Sears - Nancy Johansson - 5-2 3-Rockeyed Optimist - Rocknroll Hanover - Matt Kakaley - Steve Elliott - 20-1 4-Buckwacker - Rocknroll Hanover - David Miller - Chris Ryder - 9-2 5-Sweet Rock - Rocknroll Hanover - Brett Miller - Wayne Given - 20-1 6-Dancin Hill - Rocknroll Hanover - Scott Zeron - Tony Alagna - 10-1 7-Rock Out - Rocknroll Hanover - Tim Tetrick - Steve Elliott - 15-1 8-Card Shock- Cam's Card Shark - George Brennan - Mark Silva - 20-1 9-Beat The Drum - Tell All - Ron Pierce - Staffan Lind - 6-1 10-Rocknroll Reality - Rocknroll Hanover - Corey Callahan - John Butenschoen - 12-1   Race 3 - $100,000 THOMAS D'ALTRUI MISS NEW JERSEY 1-Ideal Helen - Western Ideal - Marcus Miller - Erv Miller - 10-1 2-Act Now - Western Ideal - Brian Sears - Nikolas Drennan - 3-1 3-Gettingreadytoroll - Rocknroll Hanover - Yannick Gingras - Jimmy Takter - 2-1 4-My Lady Day - Western Ideal - David Miller - Joe Holloway - 15-1 5-Surfside Sexy - Rocknroll Hanover - Ron Pierce - Ron Burke - 20-1 6-Cut A Deal - Rocknroll Hanover - George Brennan - Nick Surick - 20-1 7-Blixtra - Rocknroll Hanover - Ake Svanstedt - Ake Svandstedt - 9-2 8-Highland Rockstar - Rocknroll Hanover - Mike Lachance - Buzzy Sholty - 20-1 9-Rockingcam Park - Rocknroll Hanover - Tim Tetrick - Ron Coyne Jr. - 8-1 10- Kate Can't Wait - Rocknroll Hanover - Corey Callahan - Ross Croghan - 6-1 By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

CBS Sports Network expands its coverage of harness racing in 2014 to include three of the sport's most prestigious stakes. CBS Sports Network has been the home of the guaranteed $1.5 million Hambletonian since 2012. The world's most famous harness race returns on Aug. 2 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Eastern. This year, the $750,000 Meadowlands Pace and the $600,000 Little Brown Jug also will air on CBS Sports Network. The purses for both races are estimated, pending the number of entrants. The trio of races for 3-year-olds are among the most important in harness racing and are highly influential in determining the Dan Patch champions. Captaintreacherous, last year's Meadowlands Pace winner, was crowned Pacer of the Year and top 3-year-old Pacing Colt. The Hambletonian victory propelled Royalty for Life to the 3-year-old Trotting Colt title. While the Hambletonian is for trotters, The Meadowlands Pace and the Little Brown Jug brought to you by Fazolis are showcases for the leading pacers in the division. The Meadowlands Pace anchors a one hour telecast on July 12 starting at 9 p.m. Eastern. Both the Hambletonian and The Meadowlands Pace are contested at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment in East Rutherford, N.J. “Live television of the premier events has always been a top priority of the Hambletonian Society,” said Tom Charters, president of the organization which owns and administrates 137 of racing’s most important events. “The Hambletonian has been televised for more than 40 years and we’re proud to be televised on CBS Sport Network, and pleased to see more harness racing added to the schedule.” The on-air team is a stellar quartet of harness racing veterans. Gary Seibel, a  host of racing coverage on ESPN, NBC, CBS and TVG, will anchor the coverage. A member of harness racing’s Communicators Hall of Fame, Seibel will be appearing on his 22nd straight Hambletonian broadcast. Seibel also hosted network TV coverage of the Breeders Crown, harness racing’s divisional championship series, and filled a similar role for the American Championship Harness Series. Dave Brower, one of harness racing’s sharpest handicappers, will be the co-anchor. Brower is an alumnus of "Racing from the Meadowlands" television program on SNY, Fox Sports New York, MSG Networks and TVG's “Drive Time”. This will be his third year as co-host of the Hambletonian on CBS Sports Network. Brower wrote “Harnessing Winners: The Complete Guide to Handicapping Harness Races,” published by Daily Racing Form’s press division in 2009. Justin Horowitz and Heather Vitale will provide trackside reports. Vitale sports a third generation pedigree in harness racing and hosts two popular regional television shows - Post Time and PA Harness Week, and has covered the sport nationally on espn2 and MAV-TV. Horowitz, a former sports video-journalist in Minnesota and New York, is now the racing and media manager for Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs in New York and Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment. Horowitz debuted on CBS Sports Network’s Hambletonian broadcast in 2012, and was awarded a Barasch Breakthrough Award the following year for his subsequent contributions. Two multiple award winners complete the package.  Bruce Casella is the executive producer for The Meadowlands Pace and the Little Brown Jug. Emmy Award winner Mike Trager and the Trager Group will produce the Hambletonian. CBS Sports Network, the 24-hour home of CBS Sports, is available across the country through local cable, video and telco providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 221 and Dish Network Channel 158. For more information, and to access the CBS Sports Network channel finder, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com<http://www.cbssportsnetwork.com/>. by Rachel Ryan, for the Meadowlands

With Gary Seibel taking a week off for a family obligation, Cal Expo is pleased to have Frank Mirahmadi handling the announcing duties on Friday and Saturday. Mirahmadi, who began his career at Hollywood Park in 1992, just wrapped up another season as the voice of the prestigious Oaklawn Park meeting in Hot Springs, Arkansas, and will once again be calling the action on the Northern California fair circuit this summer. Frank is also well known as a TVG racing analyst, for his appearances in several racing movies and his spot-on impressions of personalities both in and out of racing. "I started going to harness races at Hollywood Park and Los Alamitos in the 80's when I was in high school." he noted. "We had a blast and I still remember many of the horses. "My favorite was Courageous Red. He was so talented and very consistent. I always bet on him and was frequently rewarded." It may surprise some people that Mirahmadi will actually be calling his first harness race Friday evening. "I attempted to call one harness race, at a fair in Michigan," Mirahmadi said, "from the infield in the voice of Marv Albert back in 1999. This will be my debut as I can't really even consider that an official call. "It's definitely going to be a challenge. My top priority is to never use the words run or running in my calls. Im really looking forward to it and was very happy to get the call from management." Sophomore Sire Stakes get marquee treatment A pair of $10,000 California Sire Stakes featuring Brewski in the pacing event and Placer in the trotting affair headline the Friday night Cal Expo program that gets under way at 6:15 p.m. Brewski is a homebred daughter of Little Steven and the Tulane mare Wooski who races for Billie Schwartz and trainer Junior Wilkinson with Chip Lackey at the controls. She picked up her first stakes trophy two weeks ago when she made every pole a winning one while equalling her mark with the 1:57 3/5 clocking. De Valeria was runner-up in that affair is another offspring of Little Steven and is a multiple stakes victress for owner Eugene Afentoulis and driver/trainer Steve Wiseman. Her most recent added-money decision came on February 28 over a sloppy track with former trainer Luke Plano in the sulky. Js Littlerockstar rattled off back-to-back Sire Stakes tallies in March, but made a break as the 3-5 choice in that last gathering on April 11. James Kennedy owns, trains, drives and bred the bay filly. She will be looking to return to her best form while back with her peers. Placer is a homebred son of Panama Hanover who carries the banner of Desomer Racing Stables Inc. with Steve Desomer in his usual place in the bike. He has accounted for four of the last six Sire Stakes for the division, including two weeks ago when he hung a neck decision on Snuff N Bear as the even-money favorite. The latter is a New Age Hanover colt who is owned and was bred by Mary Harris, takes his lessons from Kennedy Lindsey and will be guided by James Kennedy. He was a dominating winner of the February 28 get-together for this group and has just missed in the last two stakes clashes behind Ahh Panama and Placer. The racing continues Saturday evening with a Sire Stakes contest for the 3-year-old pacing colts that rematches the most recent trophy earner Laissez Moi Passer with previous stakes victors King Of The Crop and Rikybrnthegaragdwn. By Mark Ratzky, for Cal Expo Harness

Sacramento, CA --- Fans will be getting some extra insight into the popular Pick-4 at Cal Expo as noted handicapper and author Dave Brower will be lending his expertise beginning Friday night as he puts up sample tickets and interacts with track announcer Gary Seibel on the simulcast. “I’ve been an avid harness racing fan since age 10 and I suppose I’ve worked in just about every aspect of the sport in the 34 years since,” Bower related. A 1991 journalism graduate of St. John's University, Brower has groomed and trained horses, operated the race teletimer, been a public relations intern, morning line oddsmaker and track handicapper for the Meadowlands Racetrack for 16 years from 1996 to 2011. In the realm of television and radio work in racing, Brower served as a featured host and co-host of the nightly "Racing from the Meadowlands" television program on SNY, Fox Sports New York, and MSG Networks, including in-house duties of analysis and handicapping. He also provided on-site analysis and interviews during TVG's Drive Time with Gary Seibel on race nights for three years. He’s joined Dave Johnson and Bill Finley on their eclipse award-winning program “Down The Stretch” on Sirius/XM satellite radio. “I’ve really enjoyed co-hosting the Hambletonian live broadcast on CBS Sports Network the last two years, where I had the chance to re-unite with Gary Seibel,” Brower noted. Since leaving the Meadowlands in 2011, he has become a social media consultant. In addition to the above work in the sport of horse racing, Brower also wrote “Harnessing Winners: The Complete Guide to Handicapping Harness Races,” which was published by Daily Racing Form’s press division in 2009. In the book, he featured an in-depth interview with the sport’s top driver, Brian Sears. He also guided the reader through the excitement at some of harness racing’s major events, like the Hambletonian and Little Brown Jug, while providing useful handicapping hints and angles to help the everyday horseplayer. Submitted by Cal Expo Harness

The curtain is set to go up on the Watch and Wager LLC harness meet at Cal Expo Saturday night, with popular veteran performers Alpine Hawk, Franky Provolone and Franks Best among those set to do battle in the featured $4,000 Open 3 Trot. There will be Saturday racing through the month of October, with the trotters and pacers in action and Friday and Saturday nights beginning in November. Bob Johnson, the leading trainer at the spring meet, will be sending out three of the six trotters in the main event, with the aforementioned Franks Best joining stablemates Giles LS Hanover and Inside Broadway in the line-up. They will square off against local favorites Franky Provolone and Alpine Hawk with Axle rounding out the cast. Franks Best is a 6-year-old son of Armbro Scribe and the American Winner mare Inside Edition who is owned and trained by Johnson and will have Mooney Svendsen guiding from the cozy inside post position. He comes into this assignment having posed for pictures following 26 of his 95 starts with $173,000 in the bank and a 1:56 2/5 lifetime standard. Franky Provolone is the pride and joy of owner Robin Clements with Vickie Desomer the conditioner. Another member of the 2007 crop sired by Armbro Scribe, he is looking to add to a $113,000 bankroll and has a 1:56 3/5 mark on his card. Alpine Hawk and Rich Wojcio have been a staple here for several years and add to the class of the field. The 12-year-old son of Movie Mogul is poised to go over the $200,000 earnings mark with 54 victories from his 202 lifetime trips to the post and has gone many big miles over this layout. The leading drivers at the spring meeting will be returning as Luke Plano and Steve Wiseman figure to once again make their share of visits the charmed enclosure. Wiseman is closing in on a milestone as the session begins, needing just two victories to the reach the 2,000-win plateau. On the wagering front, fans will be able to play trifecta and Pick 4 wagers in 20-cent denominations for the first time in California history. Cal Expo will also continue to offer a reduced 16 percent takeout rate on the Pick 5, Pick 4 and Super High 5 wagers while also continuing the 10-cent minimums on the superfecta and Super High 5. The Pick 4 will feature a $15,000-guaranteed pool for the first two weeks of the meet, jumping to $20,000 on October 19. Gary Seibel takes over in the announcer's booth Gary Seibel, one of the most recognizable voices and faces in harness broadcasting, is set to begin announcing duties Saturday night as the Watch and Wager LLC meet at Cal Expo gets underway. Seibel has helped bring the sport to national prominence on network television for two decades running, with the 2013 edition of the Hambletonian marking his 21st consecutive year as either host or co-host of harness racing's most prestigious event, including a 13-year run on CBS and a five-year stint with NBC. For more than a decade, he hosted ESPN's coverage of the Breeders Crown, harness racing's divisional championship series, and filled a similar role for the network on the American Championship Harness Series back in the late 1990's. And, for nearly a dozen years, from 1999 through 2011, he brought the sport of harness racing into the living rooms of fans across America on a daily basis as host and racing analyst for the popular nightly program, "Drive Time," on TVG, the interactive horse racing network. "Im looking forward to being a part of the Cal Expo team and I'm excited about the chance to get back to the announcer's booth," Gary related. "Calling races is something I've always enjoyed and over the years it has provided me with many of my most memorable moments in the sport. "Chris Schick and Ben Kenny - and their entire staff - are completely committed to harness racing in California and I couldn't think of better people to work with when it comes to achieving the goal of a viable industry in the state. I'm happy for the opportunity to be part of their vision." Seibel has been honored with harness racing's Dan Patch media award and the Allen J. Finkelson award, with his body of work in the industry over the years earning him induction into the Communications Corner of the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 2011. A graduate of the Newhouse School of Communica­tions at Syracuse University, Seibel spent several of his early years as a radio disc jockey and sportscaster in upstate New York before heading to Pompano Park, where he served as track announcer for 18 years. In addition to other roles as publicity director, in-house simulcast TV host and public handi­capper, Seibel was Pompano's assistant general manager for two years. by Mark Ratzky for Cal Expo

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