TDN Weekend

April 2017

TDN Weekend December 2016 Issue 9

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Fair tracks conjure images of cheap rac- ing, cold, greasy fries, rusty Ferris wheels and carnies, and in a lot of places that is true. But put your stereotypes aside long enough to consider what I am about to say: The Sonoma County Fair offers one of the great racing experiences in the country. Yes, the Sonoma County Fair--also known as Wine Country Racing for its proximity to one of the most beautiful areas in the U.S., the wine regions of Napa Valley and Sono- ma County. The first-ever Sonoma County Fair was held in 1885, but the modern fair, which included horse racing, started in 1936. The current fairgrounds is located in the town of Santa Rosa, and while the racing there may not be on par with Del Mar or Saratoga, it is far from what you may expect from a fair. Ferndale, Fresno, Pleasanton and Sac- ramento make up the remaining tracks on the Northern California fair circuit. Stock- ton, also known as the San Joaquin County Fair, ceased racing after the 2015 meet due to red ink and slumping business and moved their dates to Pleasanton. The fair tracks

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