Meeting: Fresno holds a short meet in early October with the $100,000 Harris Farms Stakes being its marquee race. The track conducts horse racing exclusively on dirt.
History: Traditionally the final stop on the California Fair Circuit, Fresno was established in 1882, though racing didn’t come for another two years. The track was established by a group of local businessmen and professionals who served on the Farm Bureau and Chamber of Commerce. The group raised a total of $25,000 and purchased 100 acres of land on which to build. In 1941, pari-mutuel wagering finally came to Fresno. The track is one of the first in the country to offer race calls in both English and Spanish.
Facilities: In addition to racing, the Big Fresno Fair offers everything one would expect at a fair, including live music featuring some prominent musicians. A new VIP area was recently built in the grandstand with state-of-the-art plasma TV’s and projectors.