Live horse racing with live and in person fans gets underway this week at the Alameda County Fair!

Racing will run Friday-Sunday from June 18-July 18. There will also be racing on Monday, July 5. Post time each day is set for 2:45 p.m.

Per state and county guidelines, there will be signage at the entry gates stating, “Unvaccinated persons are required to wear masks.”

The meet will once again take place without the Alameda County Fair going on, as due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 fair has been pushed back to Oct. 22-31.

The Daily Handicapping Seminars return after a year break.

I will be back in the saddle co-hosting the seminars with track announcer Craig Braddick and they will begin each day of racing at 1 p.m.

The seminars will take place in The Farmhouse, a newly renovated facility located by the main entrance of the Fairgrounds.

Racing Seminar guests will be allowed to enter at the yellow and red gate beginning at 12:30pm. Ticket holders not attending the seminars will be allowed to enter at 1:15pm.

Tickets are required for entrance and must be purchased online. The Fairgrounds strongly advises making your purchase well ahead of time.

There are four seating options, two that include dining and two that do not. Parking is included in the cost of a ticket, and parking will be in the WP Lot (across from the main entrance of the fairgrounds) and the near the Red Gate.

Parking is first-come, first-served. There are box seats and grandstand reserve seats available for people opting not to have the dining option.

For those wishing to enjoy dining while watching and wagering the races, there is the Sky Lounge at the Track, and the Trackside Terrace Patio. Box seat availability is extremely limited at this point.

There is a two-seat minimum at both Trackside Terrace and Sky Lounge. Minimum seat purchase required for boxes. Each grandstand ticket reserves one unassigned seat.

All purchases are for one full day of horse racing. Visit the Alameda County Fair website – – click on “Horse Racing”) for more details. Limited availability. Once an option is sold out, it will be removed from the website.

There are three stakes set for the meet, with the new She’s A Tiger set for June 26, the Oak Tree Sprint on July 3 and the Everett Nevin Stakes running on July 10.

I will have previews on all three stakes races, as well as my daily picks posted each day at

By Dennis Miller