Pleasanton Fairgrounds Racetrack

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Pleasanton Fairgrounds Racetrack
Location Pleasanton, California
Coordinates 37°39′47″N121°53′01″W / 37.66306°N 121.88361°W / 37.66306; -121.88361
Owned by Alameda County
Date opened1858
Course typeFlat/Thoroughbred

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.

Alameda County Fairgrounds

The Alameda County Fairgrounds is a 270-acre (110 ha) facility located in Pleasanton, California. It is home to the annual Alameda County Fair, held since 1912, as well as numerous trade shows and community events. Located on its grounds, the Pleasanton Fairgrounds Racetrack was built in 1858, making it the oldest one-mile (1.6 km) horse racing track in the United States. There is a 3,000 seat amphitheater, as well as a 9-hole golf course located within the track's infield.

Pleasanton, California City in California, United States

Pleasanton is a city in Alameda County, California, incorporated in 1894. It is a suburb in the San Francisco Bay Area located about 25 miles (40 km) east of Oakland, and 6 miles (9.7 km) west of Livermore. The population was 70,285 at the 2010 census. In 2005 and 2007, Pleasanton was ranked the wealthiest middle-sized city in the United States by the Census Bureau. Pleasanton is home to the headquarters of Safeway, Workday, Ellie Mae, Roche Molecular Diagnostics, Blackhawk Network Holdings, and Veeva Systems. Other major employers include Kaiser Permanente, Oracle, Nordstrom and Macy's. Although Oakland is the Alameda County seat, a few county offices are located in Pleasanton. The Alameda County Fairgrounds are located in Pleasanton, where the county fair is held during the last week of June and the first week of July. Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park is located on the west side of town.

The kilometre, or kilometer is a unit of length in the metric system, equal to one thousand metres. It is now the measurement unit used officially for expressing distances between geographical places on land in most of the world; notable exceptions are the United States and the road network of the United Kingdom where the statute mile is the official unit used.

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]

Alameda County, California County in California

Alameda County is a county in the state of California in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 1,510,271, making it the 7th-most populous county in the state. The county seat is Oakland. Alameda County is included in the San Francisco Bay Area, occupying much of the East Bay region.

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

Eastern United States Geographical region of the USA

The Eastern United States, commonly referred to as the American East or simply the East, is the region of the United States lying to the north of the Ohio River and to the east of the Mississippi River.

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References

  1. "Live Horse Racing : California Racing Fairs". www.calfairs.com.
  2. "Historical Timeline - Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots". www.fairgroundsracecourse.com.
  3. http://www.race-track.info/alameda-county-fair-horse-racing.html Race-Track.info.com
  4. "Nancy Pratt - History - Pleasanton". www.nancypratt.com.