Big Fresno Fair, Club One host parties to watch California Chrome at Belmont

The Fresno BeeJune 4, 2014 

The Big Fresno Fair will host a satellite wagering party for the Belmont Stakes Saturday as Valley-bred California Chrome races to become the first Triple Crown winner in 36 years.

Doors open at Brian I. Tatarian Grandstand at 8 a.m. with the estimated post-time 3:52 p.m.

California Chrome was foaled February of 2011 at Harris Farms in Coalinga. He is the only California-bred horse to have previously won the first two races of the Triple Crown.

Admission is $5, the VIP Suite is $10, a single seat at the Turf Club bar is $15 and a table of four in the Turf Club is $40. Parking is included and all satellite wagering guests must be 18 years or older to play.

In addition, the Big Fresno Fair will be holding a food collection drive featuring any Harris Ranch product Saturday, offering free admission to the grandstand for any donation.

Race fans also enjoy the Belmont Stakes at Club One Polo Lounge & Event Center. Cost is $15 per person and reservations are recommended. Call (559) 497-3000. Polo Lounge guests must be 21 or older.

"We are very excited and proud to offer the community the opportunity to cheer on a local horse at their local fair -- while contributing to a community-inspired food drive effort," said John C. Alkire, CEO of The Big Fresno Fair. "Community is at the root of all that we do, so we welcome our community to come out and support each other through this food collection effort and support their very own California Chrome through this long-standing tradition and enticing competition. Watching a local horse race to win the Triple Crown is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience that should not be missed."

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