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HORSEMEN - FAQ & Contact Information


Horsemen's Hotline

(916) 257-3829 - Call between 10 A.M. to 3 P.M. on Race Days


Toll-Free Entries

(877) 722-3860 or (877) 722-3071


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**NEW for 2016**, the fairs have a horsemen's concierge, Lisa Wilkerson, for all your racing needs.  Lisa can be reached from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at (916) 257-3829.


Where is the racing office located and which gate should I enter to park?

The racing office is located in front of the stable area next to the Red Gate.  To park, take Bernal Avenue to Valley Avenue and enter Gate 12.  For detailed directions, click here.


Will I be able to park for free with a valid CHRB license?

Yes.  If the occupant of the vehicle presents a valid CHRB license, the vehicle will be granted free parking in the General Parking lot.  Owners and trainers requiring an Owner/Trainer Parking Permit should see Kevin Ingram at the stable gate.


Do you have a map of the Fairgrounds?

Click here for a printable map of the Fairgrounds.


What is the CHRB license/pass policy for admission?

The holder of a valid CHRB license and one guest can receive free admission daily when you present your license at the admission gate.  If you present your license in the Racing Office, you will receive two additional passes.  The owner of an in-today horse will receive four admission passes to the Fair.  Tickets are distributed in the Racing Office on race days between the hours of 10AM and 3PM.


What admission gate do I use to access the Fairgrounds and is there shuttle service available from the parking lot to the racing Grandstand?

The most direct route to the racing Grandstand is through the Red Gate (from the Red Gate simply follow the red horses painted on the path to the Grandstand).  There is a shuttle service from the racing office stable cafe to the Grandstand.  There is also a shuttle from just inside the red gate to the Grandstand.


Is there special seating in the Grandstand for horsemen?

Yes.  The upper level Grandstand near the Paddock is reserved for CHRB licensees.


Who do I call if I have a horse in a stakes race and need special accommodations?

Call Jeanne Wasserman at (925) 567-6045.


Where can I pick up my winning photos?

Winning photos can be picked up from the track photographer Bill Vassar of Vassar Photography.  Bill's office is located at the southern end of the Grandstand, on the apron near the bar.  Bill can be reached at (925) 980-6453 or by e-mail at


Where can I pick up my winning race video?

Most DVD's can be picked up in the Winner's Circle.  If your video is not in the Winner's Circle, please check in the Track Photographer's office (see directions above).


How do I order duplicate videos?

Duplicate videos can be ordered directly from Pegasus Communications.  Please stop by the video production truck located behind the paddock.


How do I obtain or renew my CHRB license?

The California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) has a licensing office at Pleasanton located next to the racing office.  Licensing hours are from 7:30AM to 3:30PM on race days.


How do I contact the Paymaster of Purses?

The Paymaster, Vicki Layne, can be reached by phone at (916) 715-8642 or by e-mail at


Are there hotels in Pleasanton offering special rates to Horsemen?

The Alameda County Fair has relationships with several local hotels.  Click here for details and rates.