Live Racing


Enjoy Live Racing Excitement Octobe​r 8 - 18!

Only in Fresno can you enjoy the excitement of Live Horse Racing! Be sure to mark your calendars and join us in the Brian I. Tatarian Grandstand at the 2015 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!

Tickets are now on sale! Click here to get yours today. PLUS -  be sure to sign up to be a member of our Big Fair Fan Club (free email newsletter).  Click here if you haven't signed up. 

Post-times (Subject to Change):

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

NOTE: Wednesday, October 7; Tuesday, October 13 & Wednesday, October 14 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! Click here for tickets.

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!

The Great Mascot Race – Thursday, October 8
The Big Fresno Fair is excited to announce the return of the Great Mascot Race, which will put mascots from around the Valley in a race against each other. See your favorite mascots from all over the Central Valley! You won’t want to miss this fun, community event that is sure to provide entertainment for all! 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
Enjoy the graceful movements of dancing horses in between races both Sundays of the Fair.

Derby Dog Dash – Saturday, October 17
Have a small dog that you think is fast? Then enter them into the Annual Derby Dog Dash on Saturday, October 17 for the chance to win cash prizes and, of course, bragging rights! Go to for more information or click here for an entry packet.
Bulldog Stakes Race – Sunday, October 18
Join the tradition and win! Wear red to the races on Sunday, October 18 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!