January 4, 1995 |
Less than half a mile from Los Alamitos Race Course is a small restaurant called Via Maria. The food is good, the clientele mostly college students and young entrepreneurs. But it's also becoming a bit of a hangout for those involved in harness racing. Paul Blumenfeld, 34, owns Via Maria with Fred Kuebler and both have harness racing connections. In fact, until he bought into Via Maria four years ago, Blumenfeld was a major player in the harness game.
October 6, 1994 |
California harness interests submitted the first in a series of payments to Los Alamitos by the Oct. 1 deadline, effectively bringing harness racing a step closer to a winter meeting at the track. According to Los Alamitos General Manager Dick Feinberg, the payment of $50,000 was the first of three non-refundable security deposits the harness group must pay to negotiate a lease for the 1994-95 season. The second $50,000 payment is due Saturday, with the third due on Oct. 15.
July 14, 1994 |
Los Alamitos, currently conducting a 142-day quarter horse meeting, will show harness racing on the track's monitors Saturday. The $1-million Meadowlands Pace at East Rutherford, N.J., will be the first of five simulcast harness races to be shown at Los Alamitos over the next month. The track will simulcast the $100,000 New Jersey Sires Stake Final on July 21, the $400,000 Budweiser Beacon Course Trot on July 30, the $235,000 Niatross Pace on Aug. 4 and the $740,000 Woodrow Wilson Pace on Aug.
April 1, 1994 |
With only two nights of racing remaining in the 1994 winter-spring meeting, the future of California harness racing is once again uncertain. Last Friday, the Premier Harness Racing Assn., which has been leasing Los Alamitos for harness racing, appeared before the California Horse Racing Board at its monthly meeting in Emeryville, requesting six simulcast races each night for a harness meeting at Cal-Expo in Sacramento.
March 12, 1994 |
In Eastern Europe, they refer to Judy Hannah as "that persistent American woman." In Northern California, attorney Chris Bardis says of Hannah: "You've got to tip your hat to her." It's the story of the lady and her horse, a story with a happy ending now that Thadrow, once the 3-year-old trotter of the year in California, is back home at Judy and Marvin Hannah's small farm, getting ready to race again. "He spotted a horse trailer the other day," Judy Hannah said.
February 23, 1994 |
Trainer Bobby Gordon raced around Los Alamitos almost as fast as his horses Saturday night. He barely had time to stop and catch his breath over the course of the evening spent checking on horses in the paddock and talking with horse owners and fellow investors in the Premier Harness Racing Assn. He also squeezed in two trips to the winner's circle. Gordon, of Anaheim, was a frequent visitor to the winner's circle last week, winning five races and climbing to fourth in the trainers' standings.
January 7, 1994 |
Last month, Lou Pena was training harness horses in Sacramento, facing an uncertain future. He knew he would be racing in 1994, but didn't know where. Then on Dec. 16, horsemen and track owners settled their longstanding differences on a winter lease so that harness racing could be conducted again in California in 1994. Pena headed south for 13 weeks of racing at Los Alamitos.
December 17, 1993 |
California harness racing fans got good news Thursday when horsemen reached a last-minute agreement with the ownership of Los Alamitos for a 13-week meeting beginning in January. Harness racing appeared to have little hope for a winter meeting after talks broke down Wednesday night. The next morning, however, minutes before the California Horse Racing Board's monthly meeting, the groups agreed on a 13-week season. The Premier Harness Racing Assn.