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Horse Racing at the Big Fresno Fair

Horse Racing


Enjoy live satellite wagering 4 days a week, 52 weeks a year! Catch America's best tracks and hottest races all year long at our two satellite wagering facilities:


Admission: $5.00
Parking: FREE
Contact: (559) 650-FAIR | rgastelo@fresnofair.com
Location: South of Butler Avenue, between Chance and Maple avenues


Admission: $10.00
Contact: (559) 497-3000
Location: 1033 Van Ness Avenue, Fresno, CA 93721
Hours of Operation
Thursday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Important Notices
Night Racing |Friday – Sunday | Both Locations
All Wednesday Racing | Polo Lounge at Club One Casino


Join us for the Breeders' Cup November 1 & 2.
Doors open at 9 a.m. both days.
Location is at the Starting Gate just south of Butler Avenue, between Maple and Chance avenues.

Live Horse Racing – October Race Meet

Every October when The Big Fresno Fair comes to town, so does the excitement of live horse racing during the Fair’s 9 days of racing. Whatever vantage point you enjoy it from – Turf Club, Luxury Deck, Box Seats, Reserved Seats or Ground Floor - there is no denying the incredible energy of the sport!

2019 Race Dates
Thursday, October 3 – Sunday, October 6
Thursday, October 10 – Monday, October 14

Post Time
Post Time for all races is 1:15 p.m. *
*Post Times are subject to change.

Ticket Sales
2019 Big Fresno Fair Horse Racing Tickets go on sale June 11 to Big Fair Fan Club members only. Tickets then go on sale to the General Public on June 19.
Not a BFF Club member? Sign up here.



Affiliate Organizations
CARF |California Authority of Racing Fairs | www.calfairs.com
CHRB | California Horse Racing Board | www.chrb.ca.gov


There is big money up for grabs with some carryovers heading into Thursday.
  • Pick 6 Jackpot: $23,914
  • Super High Five Jackpot: $8,302


Derby Hat Contest
We’re bringing a little taste of the Kentucky Derby to The Big Fresno Fair with the Kentucky Derby Hat Contest. Every lady or gentleman 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. The contest will be held on Monday, October 14. Get more details about the contest here.

Even Losers Can Win – Daily Promotion
Turn any losing 2019 Big Fresno Fair horse racing wager ticket into a winner! How? Wagerers just need to drop their losing race wager ticket with their name and cell phone number into the box with the number race they wagered and lost on. The boxes will be on display on the ground floor of the race track and the 2nd floor. 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.

Saturdays With Heroes
NEW this year, in partnership with CARF and the Heroes Movement, the Fair will host a veteran family each Saturday of the Fair at the races. They will be honored in the Winner’s Circle, treated to an all-expenses paid day at the Fair and a bet will be placed in their honor to (hopefully) raise more money to support this great non-profit for veterans.

Caporales de Fresno – Sundays
Los Caporales de Fresno 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.

Derby Dog Dash – Saturday, October 12
Have a small dog that you think is fast? Then enter them into the Annual Derby Dog Dash on Saturday, October 12 for the chance to win cash prizes and, of course, bragging rights. The public is also encouraged to come out and cheer on their favorite dog to the finish line! Details at www.derbydogdash.com.

Bulldog Handicap Race – Sunday, October 13
Join the tradition by wearing red to the races on Sunday, October 13 to celebrate our very own Fresno State Bulldog’s. If you wear red you will be entered to win cash prizes during the Bulldog Handicap Race! Just look for the entry booth on your way into the Grandstands.

Jockey Races for Charity – Monday, October 14 After Race 6
Continuing a tradition started last year at the first-ever Jockey Foot Race which raised $1,184 for The Salvation Army and Central California Food Bank supporting their fight against hunger! This year, jockeys will once again see who is the fastest – on their own two feet – this time raising funds for The Sam Thompson Foundation – an organization focused on health, education and welfare of all involved in the horse racing community.

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