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.

"It was a great meet," said Rick Pickering, CEO of the Alameda County Fair. "Our field size was up and our increases from out of state and account deposit wagering helped up gain some ground lost on track due to unusually hot weather."