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Fairgrounds adds 6 days of Fall horse racing after County Fair closes

California Horse Racing Board transfers race dates here from San Joaquin County's fair

For the first time, the Alameda County Fairgrounds will host a two-week Fall Meet in addition to its full horse-racing schedule held during the annual Fair.

The new race dates in September and October were scheduled after the California Horse Racing Board voted to transfer San Joaquin County Fair's annual Race Meet to Alameda County Fairgrounds.

Jerome Hoban, CEO of the Pleasanton Fairgrounds, called the added race schedule great news for the area's many horse racing fans.

"We are excited for this great opportunity to host a race meet in the fall," Hoban said. "Pleasanton has a long, rich history as a horse-racing community and this well-established meet is a welcome and fitting addition to our schedule."

"We expect fans will look forward to more racing days after the Fair ends this year," he added.

Oak Tree at Pleasanton Racing welcomed the opportunity to add the six additional days of racing to its 2016 schedule.

The plans include adding extra events and attractions during the new race days such as a beer festival, wine tasting and a Sunday brunch. Summer box seats holders will be offered the first opportunity to purchase seats for the fall dates.

The Race Meet will run Sept. 23-25 and 30 and Oct. 2. Admission is free.

Planning for the new Race Meet is currently underway, with updates available regularly at the fair's website at www.alamedacountyfair.com/

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