$20,000 Grade III Arabian race June 23 at Pleasanton, California

      June 17, 2012,  Pleasanton, California ~ The Alameda County Fair at Pleasanton will host the California edition of the Sheikh Mansoor Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival with a $20,000 Grade III race on June 23 while celebrating it’s 100 year Anniversary.
Race Day Events:
On June 23rd, the Fair opens at 10:00 AM, but if you arrive early, you’ll  see the  9:30 AM Fair parade, celebrating the Fair’s 100th Anniversary.  The parade begins on Main Street in downtown Pleasanton and ends on Pleasanton Ave., across from the Fairgrounds.
Want to know more about horse racing?  At 11:45 AM there will be Horse racing seminar with special guest, Lara Sawaya, Director of the Sh Mansoor Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival.  Learn about handicapping the day’s race  with track announcer, Frank Mirahmadi and Dennis Miller.

12:45 to 4:15: Enter the Win Place and Show contest for a chance to win $100, $75 or $50.

1:50 PM: Parade on the race track of costumed riders on Arabian horses.

2:15 PM: Post time for the $20,000 Grade III Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup

7:00 PM: Concert at the Amphitheater is Lonestar

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The Fair is open June 20-July 8…Closed on Monday. Fireworks every Friday.

Racing began on the Alameda Race track in 1858. It began as a private track built for Don Refugio Bernal on his 52,000 acre Mexican land grant, Rancho del Valle de San Jose.

See the calendar for every day’s events: http://www.alamedacountyfair.com/events_calendar/index.php

The Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival is organized by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and co-ordinated by Abu Dhabi Sports Council in association with Emirates Arabian Horse Society and IFAHR, supported by General Authority for Youth and Sports and Fegentri with Emirates airlines as the official carrier and sponsored by Invest AD, Al Rashid Investment, Areej Al Ameerat, Mauzan, Al Awani General Enterprises, Kabale, the UAE’s General Women’s Union, the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 2012, Wathba Stud Farm and Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club.

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