Live Horse Racing

Live Horse Racing in California


Horse racing in California includes Golden Gate Fields, Santa Anita Race Track, Del Mar Race Track, Los Alamitos Race Track and several county fairgrounds. Going to the races is fun and sometimes profitable. Half the fun of going to the races is seeing and hearing these powerful animals as they bound their way to the finish line. With an average of only 6 to 9 races and a minimum bet of only $1 to $2 a race, it can actually make for an action-packed, inexpensive day. Many California county fairs host horse races as a seasonal event. Even if you're not into gambling, it's easy to follow the racing results by using the daily racing form and watch the tote board. But if you're horse betting and want to brush up on how to bet on horses, we've put together a descriptive list of race horse betting terms to hopefully put the odds in your favor.

pdf RACE HORSE BETTING - How To Bet on Horses.

Equibase Results - for current race results.

Blog See our Horse Racing blog for more horse race insights.

San Francisco

Golden Gate Fields are located near the intersection of 80 and 580 freeways in Albany. Situated on the San Francisco Bay, Golden Gate Fields offers live horse racing and horse bets year-round. Golden Gate Fields is where the great Bill Shoemaker scored the first of his 8,833 wins. He retired in 1990 as the winning-est jockey in history.

Golden Gate Fields
1100 Eastshore Highway
Berkeley, CA 94710
(510) 559-7300

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The Alameda County Fair has seasonal live horse races at the Alameda County Fairgrounds off Highway 680 and Bernal Avenue in Pleasanton. Enjoy the races and horse betting for two weeks every June into July when the Alameda County Fair is in town. The fair ends with a spectacular 4th of July fireworks show choreographed to a live orchestra.

Pleasanton Fargrounds
4501 Pleasanton Avenue
Pleasanton, CA 94566
(925) 426-7600

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The Sonoma County Fair has seasonal live horse races at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds off Highway 12 and Hendley Street in Santa Rosa. Enjoy the races and horse bets for two weeks late July into August when the Sonoma County Fair is in town.

Santa Rosa Fairgrounds
1350 Bennett Valley Road
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
(707) 545-4200

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The Solano County Fair has seasonal live horse races at the Solano County Fairgrounds off Interstate 80 across from Six Flags Marine World in Vallejo. Enjoy the races and horse betting for one week in July when the Solano County Fair is in town.

Vallejo Fairgrounds
900 Fairgrounds Drive
Vallejo, CA 94585
(707) 551-2066

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Los Angeles

Santa Anita Racetrack

Seasonal live horse racing is held at Santa Anita Park off the 210 Freeway and Santa Anita Avenue, just east of Pasadena. Enjoy the races and betting September to April at the home of the Breeders Cup. This was the track where Seabiscuit ran most of his winning races including his last race in 1940. Santa Anita was featured in the hit movie, Sea Bisquit. Santa Anita Race Track is also where the great Bill Shoemaker ran his last of 40,350 races. He retired in 1990 as the winning-est jockey in racing history. Santa Anita is one of the most beautiful tracks in the country.

Santa Anita Park
285 W. Huntington Drive
Arcadia, CA 91007
(626) 574-7223

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Los Alamitos is located off the 605 freeway at Katella Avenue. Enjoy the races and horse betting year-round.

Los Alamitos Race Track
4961 Katella Avenue
Cypress, CA 90720
(714) 995-1234

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The L.A. County Fair has seasonal live horse races at the The Pomona Fairplex off Interstate 10 at Fairplex Drive in Pomona. Enjoy the races and betting every year during the L.A.County Fair in September.

Fairplex Park
1101 W. McKinley Avenue
Pomona, California 91768
(909) 623-3111

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San Diego

Race Day Del Mar

The Del Mar is located off Interstate 5 at the Via de la Valle exit in Del Mar. Situated next to the ocean and the Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar is "Where the Turf Meets the Surf". Del Mar horse races and betting is available July through September and again in November.

TIP: Amtrak stops at Solana Beach, just a half-mile north of Del Mar Race track. A free shuttle runs on race days. Avoid the crowds and traffic by taking the train to the Del Mar races.

Del Mar Race Track
2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard
Del Mar, CA 92014
(858) 793-5533

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North Coast

The Humboldt County Fair has seasonal live horse races on The Ferndale Race Track at the intersections of Van Ness Avenue and 5th Street in Ferndale. Enjoy the races and horse betting every August when the Humboldt County Fair is in town.

Ferndale Race Track
1250 Fifth Street
Ferndale, CA 95536
(707) 786-9511

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Central Valley

The California State Fair has seasonal live horse races at the Cal Expo complex off Interstate 80 at Exposition Boulevard. Enjoy the races and betting late August into September during the California State Fair.

Cal Expo
1600 Exposition Boulevard
Sacramento, CA 95815
(916) 263-3247

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The San Joaquin County Fair has seasonal live horse races at the Stockton Fairgrounds between Interstate 5 and Highway 99 off E Charter Way. Enjoy the races and horse betting in late June during the San Joaquin County Fair.

Stockton Fairgrounds
1658 S. Airport Way
Stockton, CA 95206
(209) 466-5041

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The The Big Fresno Fair has seasonal live horse races at the Fresno Fairgrounds off Highway 41 at E. Ventura Avenue. Enjoy the races and betting every October during the Big Fresno Fair.

Fresno Fairgrounds
1121 S. Chance Avenue
Fresno, CA 93702
(559) 650-3247

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