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Pleasanton Fairgrounds Racetrack

Pleasanton Fairgrounds Racetrack is a horse-racing track in Pleasanton, California, United States. It opened in 1858, at Alameda County Fairgrounds.

Saratoga Race Course

Saratoga Race Course is a horse-racing track in Saratoga Springs, New York, United States. It opened on August 3, 1863, and is the oldest organized sporting venue of any kind in the United States. It is typically open for racing from late July through early September.

History

The Pleasanton Fairgrounds Racetrack is located at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, California, race track for Thoroughbred, Quarter horse, and Arabian racing. In 1858, the sons of Spaniard Don Agustín Bernal built this third-oldest horse racing track in the United States, even older than New York’s popular Saratoga racetrack. In the past, local Spaniards and rich owners in the Eastern United States often chose Pleasanton as a training ground for their horses.

Then in 1876, the track became known as the Pleasanton Trotting Park, and the same year, Joseph Nevis purchased and managed the racetrack and constructed the first grandstand. In 1939, pari-mutuel wagering commenced at Pleasanton. Then in 1940, the track was purchased by Alameda County. In 1941, during its nine-day meet, the track achieved a national record for the average daily handle.

Although the Pleasanton was closed for three consecutive years during World War II, the rack achieved remarkable improvement after the war. In 1963, the old wooden grandstand was remodeled into a modern concrete and steel structured grandstand. In 1975, a nine-hole golf course supplanted the venue’s inner racecourse, while in 1991, a facility for simulcast horse race betting was opened.

Track Details

The main track is a one-mile oval consisting of sands and soils with one chute at 2 furlongs and the other at 6 furlongs, while the homestretch measures 1,085-feet long and 60-feet wide. The grandstand can accommodate about 6,700 spectators. The barn has 700 horse stalls on the site, while the parking space can fit 600 cars. The Pleasanton’s satellite wagering facility also features early California mission-style architecture.

History

The Pleasanton Fairgrounds Racetrack is located at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, California, race track for Thoroughbred, Quarter horse, and Arabian racing. In 1858, the sons of Spaniard Don Agustín Bernal built this third-oldest horse racing track in the United States, even older than New York’s popular Saratoga racetrack. In the past, local Spaniards and rich owners in the Eastern United States often chose Pleasanton as a training ground for their horses.

Then in 1876, the track became known as the Pleasanton Trotting Park, and the same year, Joseph Nevis purchased and managed the racetrack and constructed the first grandstand. In 1939, pari-mutuel wagering commenced at Pleasanton. Then in 1940, the track was purchased by Alameda County. In 1941, during its nine-day meet, the track achieved a national record for the average daily handle.

Although the Pleasanton was closed for three consecutive years during World War II, the rack achieved remarkable improvement after the war. In 1963, the old wooden grandstand was remodeled into a modern concrete and steel structured grandstand. In 1975, a nine-hole golf course supplanted the venue’s inner racecourse, while in 1991, a facility for simulcast horse race betting was opened.

Track Details

The main track is a one-mile oval consisting of sands and soils with one chute at 2 furlongs and the other at 6 furlongs, while the homestretch measures 1,085-feet long and 60-feet wide. The grandstand can accommodate about 6,700 spectators. The barn has 700 horse stalls on the site, while the parking space can fit 600 cars. The Pleasanton’s satellite wagering facility also features early California mission-style architecture.

History

John Hunter, who became the first chairman of The Jockey Club, and William R. Travers built Saratoga Race Course. The original track was built across Union Avenue from the present Saratoga Race Course at the current location of the Oklahoma Track (training track), which opened the following year. Since 1864 the track has been the site of the Travers Stakes, the oldest major thoroughbred horse race in the United States, which is the main draw of the annual summer race meeting. The Saratoga meet originally consisted of only four days, but over time was lengthened, and for many years, the meet lasted for four weeks. In the 1990’s it was lengthened to five weeks. Today it is a six-week meeting ending on Labor Day. In 2009, NYRA extended the 2010 racing meet by 4 days. From 1943 to 1945, racing was not held at Saratoga Race Course due to travel restrictions during the war. During those years, the stakes races that would have been run at Saratoga Race Course were contested at Belmont Park instead.

Saratoga Race Course has two well-known nicknames — The Spa (for the nearby mineral springs), and the “Graveyard of Champions” (for the upsets that have occurred there). Man o’ War suffered his only defeat in 21 starts while racing at Saratoga Race Course; Secretariat was defeated at Saratoga Race Course by Onion after winning the Triple Crown; and Gallant Fox was beaten by 100-1 long shot Jim Dandy in the 1930 Travers Stakes. In 1999, Saratoga Race Course was rated as Sports Illustrated’s #10 sports venue of the 20th Century.

As is the case with the other two tracks operated by the New York Racing Association – Aqueduct and Belmont Park – there are three separate tracks in the main course at Saratoga Race Course.

Contact

  • 4501 Pleasanton Ave, Pleasanton, CA 94566, United States

  • Phone: +1 925-426-7600

  • https://alamedacountyfair.com/

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