Blistering Heat in Pleasanton, CA forces race cancellation at Alameda Country Fair
For the first time in the fair’s history, the races have been cancelled due to heat at Alameda County Fair. The California Horse Racing Board announced the cancellation of opening day on Thursday, June 22. Friday is scheduled as the first day of the Oak Tree meet running through July 9 for the Pleasanton, CA track 40 miles East of San Francisco.
Racetrack officials say the excessive heat and humidity can be a dangerous combination for the animals.
“Looking ahead to weather reports, Thursday June 22nd is projected to be above 100, with some projections as high as possibly 105,” fair officials said. “For the safety and well-being of our race horses, the decision has been made to cancel our opening day of racing, postponing it to Friday, June 23rd. The California Horse Racing Board Equine Medical Director was consulted and concurred with this decision.”
In addition to monitoring the weather conditions, fair officials have a heat stroke protocol in place in case one of the horses experiences a heat-related emergency.
Last week, the Alameda County Fair celebrated opening day with an authentic cattle drive. Over the weekend, despite the oppressive heat wave, thousands from all over the East Bay flocked to the take part in the quintessential fair experience.
The horse racing stakes schedule for Oak Tree at Pleasanton features three stakes races July 1, July and is highlighted by the $100,000 Everett Nevin Stakes (Cal-Bred) on July 8. The 5 ½ furlong sprint for 2-year-old fillies is part of the Golden Gate Series.
Opening Day at Oak Tree will also feature a T-shirt Giveaway to the first 1,000 guests (18 and over) who sign up for the Win, Place and Show Contest! There is also an opening day hat contest and a Hippity Hop contest for kids ages 7-10.
The Alameda County Fair runs through July 9 at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton.
Mon, June 26th
Tue, June 27th
Wed, June 28th
Thu, June 29th
Wed, July 5th
Horse racing at Oak Tree will return for the Fall schedule Sept. 21-24 and Sept. 29-Oct. 1