Canadian International (Grade I)

10/12/18 By Michael Patricks Breeders’ Cup tables at the Jockey Club are now on sale with four-seaters running $50 cash and carry. A limited group of special seats are available in the Turf Club for $15. The purchase of a Breeders’ Cup table provides your group a tremendous view of all the Breeders’ Cup races…

“Salute to Heroes” at the 2018 Sonoma County Fair

SANTA ROSA, CA – April 26, 2018– Heroes are all around us, and they are the centerpiece of the 2018 Sonoma County Fair’s “Salute to Heroes”.  “There were so many people who were heroes for us during the fires last October,” says Fair CEO, Becky Bartling, “and we wanted to take a moment to acknowledge…

DeMeo Family donates Woodstock Statue to the Sonoma County Fair

Jack DeMeo honored; special donation unveiled at Wine Country Racing A dozen years ago, the City of Santa Rosa started a project called “Peanuts on Parade”, where one-of-a-kind, life-sized statues from the ‘Peanut’s gang’ were commissioned by local individuals and businesses. The Sonoma County Fair holds one character from the ‘Peanut’s gang’ – a fair…

Del Mar Opens Wednesday

Del Mar Summer Preview and Oceanside Stakes Analysis By Michael Patricks Nirvana begins this week for horseplayers across the globe with the commencement of Del Mar on Wednesday and Saratoga this Friday.  Del Mar’s 36-day meeting with run Wednesday through Sunday into the first week of September and offer a closing day Labor Day program…

Wine Country Horse Racing Special Events

Wine Country Horse Racing Offers Special Events and After Fair Fun Program includes Racing Seminars, Derby Dog Dash, Hat Day and more! There’s nothing like the thrill of live horse racing at The Sonoma County Fair.  Tickets are on sale now for Wine Country Racing held Thursdays through Sundays (August 3 – 6 and August…

NorCal Brew Fest at the Sonoma County Fair

 NorCal Brew Fest, August 5 at the Sonoma County Fair Unlimited Tastes of Over 50 Beers and Ciders, Plus All the Fun of the Fair! An ice-cold brew is not an unusual thing to enjoy at the Sonoma County Fair…but unlimited tastes of over 50 beers and ciders is! The Sonoma County Fair is excited…

Kentucky Derby # 143 (Grade I)

5/6/2017 Churchill Downs-Race 12 The Kentucky Derby-$2,000,000—Grade 1 1 & 1/4 Miles on Dirt for Three-Year-Olds Post Time: 3:46 P.M. PST Analysis by Michael Patricks No, it’s not Christmas morning but it unquestionably feels that way for horse players throughout the world as Kentucky Derby 143 has finally arrived.  It’s typically my style to add…

The Illinois Derby (Grade III)

4/22/2017 Hawthorne Race Course-Race 5 The Illinois Derby-$250,000—Grade III 1 & 1/8th Miles on Dirt for Three-Year-Olds Post Time: 4:17 P.M. PST Analysis by Michael Patricks Just over two weeks remain until the 143rd Kentucky Derby and all of the Derby points to be earned have been dispersed to the various competitors.  Included is a…

The Spiral (Grade III)

3/25/2017 Turfway Park-Race 10 The Jack Cincinnati Casino Spiral-$500,000–Grade III 1 & 1/8th Miles on Polytrack for Three-Year-Olds Post Time: 2:55 P.M. PST Analysis by Michael Patricks As the days of March begin to wane, so too do the number of Kentucky Derby prep races that give runners an opportunity to gain enough points to be…

The Fountain of Youth (Grade II)

3/4/2017 Gulfstream Park-Race 13 The Fountain of Youth-$400,000—Grade II 1 & 1/16th Miles on Dirt for Three-Year-Olds Post Time: 3:05 P.M. PST Analysis by Michael Patricks The 71st running of the Fountain of Youth Stakes is this Saturday.  It’s a Grade II affair at Gulfstream Park that’s 1 & 1/16th Miles in distance for three-year-olds. …