Embracing its place in the tremendous wine region it is located, Wine Country Racing at the Sonoma County Fair begins Thursday, August 3 in Santa Rosa with a talented and experienced group of racing officials and staff.
The races will run August 3-6 and August 10-13 in conjunction with the Fair. In addition, there is a bonus weekend after the Fair, as there will be racing August 18-20.
Heading up the staff roster is Sonoma County Fair CEO Rebecca Bartling and Sonoma County Fair Director of Racing Stacey Lapham.
The man charged with filling the races as the Racing Secretary is the savvy Robert Moreno, who will once again be assisted by Linda Anderson.
Calling the races again this year is the world-famous Michael Wrona. Wrona is also the track announcer at Santa Anita and brings his talents back to Northern California.
The Board of Stewards for the meet is the trio of John Herbuveaux, Will Meyers and Dennis Nevin. The Safety Steward is former Sonoma County Fair Director of Racing Richard Lewis.
Steve Martinelli and Jon Leon are set as placing judges, with Danny Winick returning as the paddock judge.
The veterinarian crew will be headed by Sarah Sporer (DVM) as the Fitness/Race Veterinarian and Forrest Franklin (DVM) as the CHRB Veterinarian.
Other Track Officials for the three-week meet include Victoria Layne (Paymaster), Michael “Morning Line Mike” Patricks (Morning Line Maker), Randy Malmgren (Stable Superintendent), Juan Meza (Track Superintendent), Paul Porter (Director of Simulcasting) and Doug Gooby (Mutuel Manager).
Rounding out the Track Officials are Kenny Sjordal (Clerk of Scales), Chris Lapham (Assistant Clerk of Scales), Myra Troske (Patrol Judge), Gary Greiner (Horse Identifier), Todd Stephens (Starter), Tina Walker-Bryan (Clerk of the Course, Thoroughbreds), Dolores Collins (Clerk of the Course, Emerging Breeds), Jackie Payton (Horseshoe Inspector) and Melody Truitt (Clocker/Timer).
There will be $250,000 of purses in stakes races during the meet, comprising of five races in the Wine Country Stakes Series. The Luther Burbank (August 5), Robert Dupret (August 6) and the Joseph T. Grace (August 12) will all be run on the turf course.
The Jess Jackson Juvenile (August 13) and the Wine Country Debutante (August 13) will be run on the main track, with both featuring what is expected to be a talented lot of 2-year-olds.
Post times are set, with the first race going off at 1:15 p.m. on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Post time on Friday’s is 2:15 p.m.
Patricks will once again be joined by Racing Publicist Dennis Miller as the co-hosts of the Daily Handicapping Seminars.
The seminars start at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, with the Friday seminars starting at 12:30 p.m.
For more information, go to http://www.sonomacountyfair.com.