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Horse Racing at the Big Fresno Fair

Live Horse Racing

The excitement of live horse racing returns this October! Join us for 7-days of racing on one of the fastest tracks on the racing circuit!

2023 Big Fresno Fair Live Horse Racing Dates

October 6 - 9 | Friday - Monday
October 13 - 15 | Friday - Sunday

1:45 p.m. Post Time
*October 4, 5, 10 - 12 are Dark Days (No Racing).
**Dates and post time are subject to change.


Did you know, you can get even earlier access to Luxury Deck and Turf Club tickets through our exclusive party packages? Email to request to be on the interest list for 2024 and book your party before tables go on sale to the public!

NOTE: Season Box Seats are sold in advance of the BFF Club pre-sale. If you are interested in being a Season Box Seat holder for the 2024 Big Fresno Fair, please email

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Box & Reserved Seats

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Luxury Deck Seating Chart

Luxury Deck

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Are you interested in hospitality or advertising opportunities during Live Horse Racing at The Big Fresno Fair? Here are the ways you can participate:

A Day at the Races - Host a Party during Live Horse Racing
If your business loves to treat your clients and staff to unique experiences, consider hosting a party during Live Horse Racing at The Big Fresno Fair! Be a part of a Valley tradition and book a special event in one of the Exterior Tiers at the Turf Club, Infield or the Luxury Deck overlooking the paddock! Plus, your company will get logo recognition in front of tens of thousands of racing fans. Contact us at to inquire about available party space. Space subject to availability. Click here for party information.

Sponsor a Race
**UPDATE: All Race Sponsorships are Sold Out!**
For $650 you can sponsor a named race. Each Sponsored race includes:
  • Sponsor name and special announcement to be read before/after the race
  • Sponsor may take a photo in the Winner Circle with the winning owner/trainer of your sponsored Live Race with up to six guests. Printed photo included.
  • Four (4) VIP Tri-Part Tickets which include Grandstand Seat, Parking & Fair Admission
Custom Sponsorship/Advertising Recognition
For custom sponsorship opportunities including digital recognition within the Grandstand or VIP Suite, please contact us at or (559) 227-9999.


Don’t miss the opportunity to participate in these fun special events held during the 2023 Big Fresno Fair live horse racing meet. The races are the place to be in Fresno in October!

Beer & Wine Fest – Sat, October 7
The Big Fresno Fair's Annual Beer & Wine Fest is back Saturday, October 7 from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. middle of the horse racing track! There will be 20+ craft breweries and wineries, a DJ, food trucks and lawn games like corn hole! Tickets cost $25 (event only) and $5 for Designated Drivers. A limited number of tickets will be sold so people are encouraged to purchase early either online or at the Fair Box Office. If it does not sell out, tickets will be sold at the gate. Attendees must be 21 or older. All proceeds go to support the Fresno County Historical Museum. For more details and to purchase tickets, click here!

Derby Dog Dash – Sat, October 14

Have a small dog that you think is fast? Then enter them into the Annual Derby Dog Dash on Saturday, October 14 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! Enter today!

Gran Jaripeo – CANCELLED
Unfortunately Valdivia Marketing Group, the promoter who puts on this event, has cancelled this year's jaripeo.

After all the excitement of live racing is done, the Grandstands will make way for a tradition at the Fair - the Gran Jaripeo! Stay tuned for this year's entertainment.

Bulldog Stakes (Handicap) Race – Sun, October 15
Join the tradition by wearing red to the races on October 15 to celebrate our very own Fresno State Bulldogs. 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.

Losers Can Win Promotion
Turn any losing 2023 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.

Affiliate Organizations

CARF |California Authority of Racing Fairs |
CHRB | California Horse Racing Board |
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