Live Racing




Enjoy Live Racing October 3-14, 2018!

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 2018 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 1:45 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday 12:45 p.m. 

NOTE: Wednesday, October 3; Tuesday, October 9 & Wednesday, October 10 are Dark Days (No Racing). Dates subject to change.

Admission Pricing

Ground Floor Admission is FREE with paid Fair Admission.
$5 for Reserved Seats
$7 for Box Seats (Must purchase whole Box; Boxes come in two, three, four or six seat options.)

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 $180 on Fridays and Saturdays and $150 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 $70 - $80 Fridays and Saturdays and $40 all other days. 

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

Even Losers Can Win – Daily Promotion

Back by popular demand at the 2018 Big Fresno Fair, any of our losing tickets have the chance to be winners! How? Boxes will be on display on the ground floor of the race track with boxes numbered for each race that day. Boxes will also be on display on the second floor of the race track for added opportunity and ease of entry for racing fans.  Anyone who wagers on a race and does not win, can put their losing ticket with their name and cell phone number written on the ticket and place it in the box of the number race they lost.  Then after Race 4 each day, a winner will be selected from each race to get a $10 voucher to place on another bet.  Subsequently, the same thing will be done after Race 8 and then the last race of the day if it is not Race 8. Then at the end of the race day, an overall winner will be selected from all the races that will receive a box of four to come back on a day of their choice to wager. They will also get a $50 voucher to use on future bets.

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, The Fresno State equestrian team and competitors will be part of these special demonstrations.

Craft Brew Fest – Date TBD

The Big Fresno Fair is excited to host its second annual craft beer fest! The Craft Brew Fest not only features beer from 30+ breweries, but there will be lawn games, a DJ, food trucks and, of course, betting stations so people can wager on the races! It will be the most unique and authentic craft beer fest around. All proceeds will go to support the Fresno County Historical Museum! Tickets are available for purchase at, by phone at 5596-650-FAIR or at the Fair Administration Ticket Box Office. There will be a limited number of tickets sold and they will be available on a first come, first served basis, so don’t wait to purchase yours! Must be 21 and older to attend.

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. 

Kentucky Derby Style Hat Contest – Date TBD

We’re bringing a little of the Kentucky Derby to The Big Fresno Fair with the Kentucky Derby Style Hat Contest. Every lady or gentlemen who participates will get Free admission into the Horse Races for the Reserved Seats; this does not include Box Seats or the VIP Suite, Turf Club or the Luxury Deck.  

Derby Dog Dash – Date TBD

Have a small dog that you think is fast? Enter them into the Annual Derby Dog Dash on Saturday, October 14 for the chance to win cash prizes and, of course, bragging rights. Register your dog here: by clicking the "Enter Your Dog" tab on the top left corner of the homepage. 

Bulldog Stakes Race – Date TBD

Join the tradition and win! Wear red to the races on Sunday, October 14 to celebrate our very own Fresno State Bulldog’s. If you wear red you will be entered to win cash prizes during the Bulldog Stakes Race!