Live Racing




Enjoy Live Racing Excitement Octobe‚Äčr 6 - 16, 2016!

Only in Fresno can you enjoy the excitement of Live Horse Racing at the Fair! Be sure to mark your calendars and join us in the Brian I. Tatarian Grandstand at the 2016 Big Fresno Fair for lots of hoof pounding action! A longstanding tradition of The Big Fresno Fair and the Valley, horse racing is one of those things that just has to be experienced live!

Post-times (Subject to Change):

Monday - Friday 1:15 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday 12:15 p.m.

NOTE: Wednesday, October 5; Tuesday, October 11 & Wednesday, October 12 are Dark Days (No Racing). Dates subject to change.

Ground Floor Admission is FREE with paid admission to the Fairgrounds. Reserved or Box Seats are also available!

The Luxury Deck:
Located on the third floor of the Brian I. Tatarian Grandstand, the Luxury Deck offers an exclusive wagering area, shaded tables, private bar, complimentary buffet, and a panoramic view of the track and the paddock. Tables are $150 on Fridays and Saturdays and $125 all other days.

The Turf Club:
Located on the fourth floor of the Brian I. Tatarian Grandstand, the Turf Club offers a spacious interior, indoor and outdoor seating, air conditioning, private bar, personal restrooms, isolated betting stands, and multiple TV screens broadcasting live horse races from across the nation. Tables are $60 Fridays and Saturdays and $40 all other days.

Plus, don't forget about all of the excitement in between the races!

In addition to great stakes races, The Big Fresno Fair is proud to offer lots of excitement  in between the races every day! 

Even Losers Can Win – Daily Promotion

Back by popular demand, any losing ticket holders have the chance to be winners! How? Just go to either of the special “Even Losers Can Win” booths, located on the ground floor and the 2nd floor, and put your losing ticket in the box with the number of the race you lost (put your name/number on ticket before dropping it in!)

After Race 4 each day, a winner is selected from every race (at both locations!) to get a $10 voucher to place on another bet. Subsequently, the same thing will be done after Race 8. Then at the end of the race day, an overall winner is selected from all races that will receive a box for four to come back on a day of their choice to wager and get a $50 voucher! Winners are then notified via the phone number provided and directed on how to redeem their prize. This fun promotion provides an exciting way to give those who lost another shot and get them back to the races!

The Great Mascot Race – Thursday, October 6

The Big Fresno Fair is excited to announce the return of the Great Mascot Race, where mascots from around the Valley race against each other. See your favorite mascots including:

  • Scoopy from The Fresno Bee
  • Timeout from Fresno State
  • Parker from Fresno Grizzlies
  • Scorcher the Dragon from Fresno Fuego Soccer
  • Sam the Ram from Fresno City College
  • George the Giraffe from Children’s Hospital
  • Moolah the Cash Cow from Kiss Country
  • Bentley the Library Dog from Fresno County Public Library
  • Fiesta Auto Insurance Crow
  • And many more!

Mascot races will be held in between each of the horse races.

Poulsen’s Jumping Horses – Fridays & Saturdays

Watch the Poulsen’s jumping horses maneuver around an obstacle course and special jumping demonstrations in between horse races on Fridays and Saturdays of the Fair. National champion horses and competitors will be part of these special demonstrations.

Caporales de Fresno – Sundays

Los Caporales de Frenso showcases the incredible talent of these dancing horses, as well as the individuals that are riding them who also sing! Their line-up of entertainment will feature Caballos Bailadores, Escaramuza Charra Caporalas, Cantantes De Musica Ranchera, Ballet Folklorico Tradicional and Floreadores Del Equipo Charros Dos Generaciones.

KMJ Derby Style Hat Contest – Monday, October 10

We’re bringing a little of the Kentucky Derby to The Big Fresno Fair with the KMJ Derby Style Hat Contest. Every lady who participates in the Hat Contest will get Free admission into the Horse Races for the Reserved Seats; this does not include Box Seats or VIP Suite, Turf Club or Luxury Deck. Awards will be given out in 4 categories: Most Glamorous, Best Hat & Coordinating Outfit, Best Fair Theme (Homegrown Fun) and Funniest or Most Outrageous. Judging will be done by a panel that includes our “Red Hatter Ladies” and the La Feliz Guild Members, as well as our Fair Board and Racing staff! One category will be judged between each race beginning after Race 2. All participants will be asked to meet in the Winners Circle for judging.

Winners will be announced immediately. Prizes will be as follows:

  • Our grand prize receives $150 cash voucher
  • 1st place in each category receives $100 cash voucher
  • 2nd place in each category receives: $50 Cash Voucher

Derby Dog Dash – Saturday, October 15

Watch the Annual Derby Dog Dash on Saturday, October 15 and catch these fierce competitors win cash prizes and, of course, bragging rights!

Bulldog Stakes Race – Sunday, October 16

Join the tradition and win! Wear red to the races on Sunday, October 16 to celebrate our very own Fresno State Bulldog’s and be entered to win cash prizes during the Bulldog Stakes Race! Look for the entry booth at the main entrance to the Brian I. Tatarian Grandstand to show your Fresno State Bulldog pride (by wearing red of course!), fill out an entry form and pick your winning horse! Must be present to win! Must be 21 to play.