With just two programs remaining, Nick Roland holds a five-length lead over Jake Cutting in the driver’s race while Rick Bertrand and Gordie Graham are tied atop the trainer standings.
Roland and Cutting have been putting on a great battle here among the pilots, with Roland returning to the charmed circle after 101 of his 470 drives, while Cutting has almost identical numbers with 96 victories from his 461 trips to the post.
Meanwhile, Bertrand and Graham have each sent out 47 winners and it will be up to the closing weekend to see if they remain in a deadlock or one of them comes away with a clear-cut victory.
Saturday’s main event is named for famed harness owner and track operator Lloyd Arnold, who passed away in 2012 at the age of 83.
Mr. Arnold raced such outstanding performers as Warm Breeze, who set an all-age world record over this track when it was known as Golden Bear Raceway; the brilliant distaffer Sanabelle Island; Bagel Beach Boy, Chevie Duramax and Quik Pulse Mindale.
In addition to being a prominent standardbred owner, Mr. Arnold operated this track during those Golden Bear Raceway years and also bought Los Alamitos in the 1980s, eventually selling the track to his partner, Ed Allred.
With this being closing weekend, Sunday will find mandatory payouts in all wagers. A reminder there are three bets offered each night that come with a reduced 16 percent takeout rate – the 20-cent early and late Pick 5 and the 20-cent Pick 4, with the latter featuring a $25,000-guaranteed gross pool.