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Pleasanton Fairgrounds Racetrack

The Pleasanton Fairgrounds Racetrack at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, California is a one-mile (1.6 km / 8-f) race track for Thoroughbred, Quarter horse and Arabian racing.[1] Constructed in 1858 by the sons of Spaniard Don Agustín Bernal, it is the third-oldest horse racing track of its kind in the United States.[2][3] Only the Freehold Raceway in New Jersey (oldest) and Fair Grounds Race Course in Louisiana are older.

Pleasanton Fairgrounds Racetrack
LocationPleasanton, California
Coordinates37°39′47″N 121°53′01″W / 37.66306°N 121.88361°W / 37.66306; -121.88361
Owned byAlameda County
Date opened1858
Course typeFlat/Thoroughbred

Known as the Pleasanton Trotting Park in 1876, Joseph Nevis took over the racetrack and built its first grandstand. In 1940, the facility was sold to Alameda County.[4]

In years past, during the winter months wealthy owners in the Eastern United States often shipped their horses to Pleasanton for training.

Notable races run annually at Pleasanton include:

  • California Wine Stakes
  • Livermore Valley Wine Stakes
  • Alameda County Fillies & Mares
  • Alamedan Handicap
  • Sam J. Whiting Memorial Handicap
  • Juan Gonzalez Memorial Stakes
  • Everett Nevin Alameda County Overnight Stakes


  1. ^ "Live Horse Racing : California Racing Fairs".
  2. ^ "Historical Timeline - Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots".
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  4. ^ "Nancy Pratt - History - Pleasanton".

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