Notable Oak Tree at Pleasanton Stakes Races
- Juan Gonzalez Memorial Stakes $50,000 (Plus up to $15,000 to Cal-Breds). Fillies 2YO | 5 1/2 Furlongs
- Oak Tree Sprint Handicap $50,000 ( Plus up to $15,000 to Cal-Breds). Open 3YO & Up | 3/4 Mile
- Everett Nevin Stakes (Cal-Bred) *$100,000 (Cal-Bred)(Golden State Series). Fillies 2YO | 5 1/2 Furlongs
History of Horse Racing at Pleasanton
The oldest race track in the United States, the Pleasanton race track is situated in the East Bay, northern California, about 30 miles from San Francisco. Horse racing began at the picturesque track following construction in 1858 by the sons of the Spaniard Don Agustin Bernal. In 1940 the track was sold to Alameda County, and since then the racing has been an integral part of the fair held in June and July each year.
Oak Tree at Pleasanton
In 2014 the racing season at Pleasanton combined with the not-for-profit group the Oak Tree Racing Association
to launch the Oak Tree at Pleasanton meet, which significantly improved prize money at the track, including the running of the first two $100,000 stakes races with the Oak Tree Handicap and Oak Tree Distaff. 2014 also saw the running of the $50,000 BetAmerica.com Oaks.
Things To Do at Pleasanton Race Track
There are plenty of things to do at the Pleasanton Racetrack besides just watching racehorses, the meeting forms part of one of the largest fairs in northern California, the Alameda County Fair
. Admission to the racing is free with entrance to the fair. At the Pleasanton race track the prime dining area is The Trackside Terrace
which offers casual elegant buffet style dining and awesome views of the track from it's elevated position just past the winning line. Make sure you request a shaded area though as temperatures are regularly in excess of 90 degrees during racing season!