Address: 4501 Pleasanton Ave. Pleasanton, CA 94566
Meeting: Horse Racing at Pleasanton runs from mid-June to early July and is highlighted by the $100,000 Everett Nevin Stakes. The track traditionally kicks off the California Fair circuit and is dirt-only.
History: Referred to as the “birthplace of racing in California,” Pleasanton was constructed in 1858 by the son of Spanish Don, Augustin Bernal, making it the oldest racetrack in America, and is part of the Alameda County Fair. The track is typically the first stop on the California Fair circuit, a network of racetracks in the northern portion of the state that share race dates in the summer and fall. Despite its lengthy history, pari-mutuel wagering did not arrive to Pleasanton until 1939.
Facilities: The highlight of the Alameda County Fair is the newly renovated Palm Pavillion, which features world-renowned cuisine, live blues music and high-definition televisions airing nonstop sports action. The restaurant also has a view of the clubhouse turn of the racetrack.