Join Us at the Starting Gate for the Kentucky Derby This Weekend | 9/5

Join us at The Starting Gate for two of the biggest races of the year! Head down to our newly located Satellite Wager facility on the first floor of the Brian I. Tatarian Grandstand on Friday, September 4 for the Kentucky Oaks races and Saturday, September 5 for the Kentucky Derby! Gates open at 7:30 a.m. each day.

 

  • Price is $5 for entry.
  • Reservations are required; reservations must be made in person and paid for at the time they are made.
  • 115 person capacity; 1 guest per table ONLY!
  • If all tables are reserved, you can still place your bets then leave.
  • Food trucks will be available on site to offer food and beverage.
  • All patrons must follow health and safety guidelines or risk ejection.

 

To see our COVID-19 guidelines, click here. For daily racing forms and all other horse racing inquiries, please contact Ruben Gastelo at (559) 994-3105 or (559) 916-7964.

Information Update – Wager and Stay at The Starting Gate!

Information Update! Our Satellite Wager facility is now able to welcome guests to wager and stay in our new outdoor location on the first floor of the Brian I. Tatarian Grandstand!

🏇 Tables are on a first come, first served basis.

📺 If all tables are reserved, you can still place your bets then leave.

🏇 36 guests allowed at a time; 1 guest per table.

📺 No food, beverages will be available for purchase on site.

🏇 Outside food and non-alcoholic beverages are allowed on grounds.

 

Can’t make it out to The Starting Gate? Bet online instead! Horse racing fans can bet virtually on any of the following legal wagering sites! Search on your desktop or mobile apps for: Xpressbet, DRF, TVG or Twinspires. For details and a step-by-step guide on how you can place bets, click here.

 

For daily racing forms and all other horse racing inquiries, please contact Ruben Gastelo at (559) 994-3105.

Wager With Us at The Starting Gate or Online!

Our Satellite Wager facility, The Starting Gate, is open outside in our new outdoor location on the first floor of the Brian I. Tatarian Grandstand for betting!

 

  • Up to eight guests at a time will be allowed in the facility for a limited amount of time to place their bets on horse racing
  • Once you arrive on grounds at the Fairgrounds, drive up to the Grandstand’s south end and park.
  • Please remain in your vehicle once you have arrived.
  • Call Ruben Gastelo at (559) 994-3105 to let him know of your arrival and he will give you directions of what to do next.
  • No food, beverages or seating will be available on site.

 

Can’t make it out to The Starting Gate? Bet online instead! Horse racing fans can bet virtually on any of the following legal wagering sites! Search on your desktop or mobile apps for: Xpressbet, DRF, TVG or Twinspires. For details and a step-by-step guide on how you can place bets, click here.

 

For daily racing forms and all other horse racing inquiries, please contact Ruben Gastelo at (559) 994-3105.

Wager Online!

Tune in and stay connected! Just because our Satellite Wager facility, The Starting Gate, is currently closed due to Covid-19 doesn’t mean you still can’t follow and wager on live horse racing until we can all be together again.

 

Horse racing fans can bet virtually on any of the following legal wagering sites! Either on a desktop or use your mobile device to search apps: Xpressbet, DRF, TVG or Twinspires. For a step-by-step guide on how you can place your bets, click here.

 

For daily racing forms, please contact Ruben Gastelo at (559) 994-3105.

Satellite Wagering is Back! Join Us for the Belmont Stakes This Weekend!

Satellite Wagering is back just in time for the Belmont Stakes Race! Join us at The Starting Gate at its new location of the 2nd floor of the Brian I. Tatarian Grandstand! Gates open at 8:15 a.m. on Saturday, June 20! Pre-pay and reserve your spot in advance at the Starting Gate! Admission is only $5 and another $3 for VIP admission, where guests can relax and view live horse racing on HD-TV screens while enjoying private betting in the VIP suite. Parking is FREE! Be sure to call ahead and reserve your spot! Space is limited and you don’t miss out on one of the biggest races of the year!

 

Masks are required to enter. Questions? Call Ruben Gastelo at (559) 994-3105 or visit our website here for a full list of the Health & Safety Mandatory Procedures.

Honoring Ardie Der Manouel

The Big Fresno Fair family is saddened by the passing of long-time board member, Ardie Der Manouel. Ardie served on the Board of Directors at the Fair from 1992 – 2011, making him the longest serving Director in the history of the 21st District Agricultural Association. He was an advocate for the Fair’s horse racing program where he tirelessly traveled throughout the state meeting with owners, trainers and jockeys to recruit them to Fresno and maintain the high standard of excellence of the Fair’s horse racing program.

In the ‘80s before he was a Director, Ardie worked with Brian Tatarian, who was chairman of the horse racing committee and now serves as a Friend of the Fair board member, to educate board members on horse racing and assist with growing the horse racing program. With the dedicated time and love given from Ardie, The Big Fresno Fair has grown to be a polished, professional and highly respected track, drawing in top owners, jockeys and trainers today.

Our deepest condolences go out to Ardie’s family and friends. His legacy will live on through the hearts of The Big Fresno Fair.

Pegasus World Cup is This Weekend | January 25

Join us at the Fresno Fairgrounds’ Starting Gate located south of Butler Ave. between Maple and Chance this Saturday, January 25 to be a part of the Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park! Watch and wager live via satellite with over $4 million in purse money! Admission is $5 and parking is FREE. Pardini’s Catering will be offering lunch specials throughout the day at the Starting Gate. Gates open at 8 a.m.

 

Can’t make it to the Fairgrounds? Watch and wager at Club One Casino’s Polo Lounge for $10 and enjoy a delicious meal off their all day special menu. Parking is FREE! Call (559) 497-3000 to make reservations for the Polo Lounge. For more information, click here.

Sunshine Millions is This Weekend | January 18

Join us at the Fresno Fairgrounds’ Starting Gate located south of Butler Ave. between Maple and Chance this Saturday, January 18 to watch the Sunshine Millions at Santa Anita Park! Watch and wager live via satellite with over $900,000 in stake races! Admission is $5 and parking is FREE. Pardini’s Catering will be offering lunch specials throughout the day at the Starting Gate. Gates open at 10 a.m.

 

Can’t make it to the Fairgrounds? Watch and wager at Club One Casino’s Polo Lounge for $10 and enjoy a delicious meal off their all day special menu. Parking is FREE! Call (559) 497-3000 to make reservations for the Polo Lounge. For more information, click here.

Wear Red to the Horse Races Tomorrow to Show Your Fresno State Bulldog Pride!

Be sure to wear red to the races tomorrow, October 13 to show your Fresno State Bulldog pride! All individuals wearing red can enter-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), fill out an entry form and pick your winning horse! Must be 18 or older to enter and must be present to win.

Horse races begin at 1:15 p.m. and Ground Floor Admission is FREE with paid Fair admission. More information >> http://bit.ly/HorseRacing19