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CHRB Wrestles With Changes to Fair Circuit

Racing at California fairs, long supported as one of the best ways to attract new fans for the sport, is losing out to economic considerations while industry representatives fight to remain viable in the northern half of the state.

California Racing Dates Approved for '09

California Racing Dates Approved for '09

Golden Gate Fields will host a total of 181 days in 2009, including 29 during the summer on behalf of the California Authority of Racing Fairs, under a dates allocation plan approved by the California Horse Racing Board Nov. 18.

Hollywood to Race in 2009, CHRB Assured

Hollywood to Race in 2009, CHRB Assured

Hollywood Park plans to race for at least one more year, the California Horse Racing Board was told June 27, while the racing industry in Southern California has "coalesced" around Fairplex Park as the region's eventual replacement for the Inglewood track.

Northern CA Facility Plan Put on Hold

Northern CA Facility Plan Put on Hold

A request for an additional 1% takeout hike to help pay for facility improvements at Alameda County Fair, the heir apparent to the closing Bay Meadows, hit a wall of opposition before the California Horse Racing Board May 20.

Solano Fair Moves Ahead With Redevelopment Plans

The Solano County Fair Association will begin exclusive negotiations with Mills Corp. to redevelop the Vallejo, Calif., fairgrounds. It would eventually spell the end of more than 50 years of live racing at the San Francisco Bay-area facility.

Alameda County Fair Meet Closes on Positive Note

The Alameda County Fair closed its 11-day meet with the second highest handle in fair history. A total of $34.58 million was wagered on the Pleasanton signal, an increase of 6% from the 2002 meet. The largest gains were in out-of-state wagering, which totaled $8.74 million, an increase of 14% from $7.46 million wagered last year.

Could Pleasanton Replace Bay Meadows?

Could Pleasanton Replace Bay Meadows?

Northern California's Alameda County Fair wants to install a $3 million turf course at its Pleasanton racing facility later this year. But the fair's chief executive officer wants to see it used for more than an annual 11-day summer meet.

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