Normally that might mean I'd be writing about some of the great summer racing that's just around the corner. For instance opening day at Del Mar or maybe how much I'm looking forward to this year's meet at Saratoga.
But summertime also means that thoroughbred racing in northern California shifts from Golden Gate to the Cal Fair circuit. They'll be running at the Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton from June 15th through July 8th. The California State Fair in Sacramento from July 13th through July 29th. And the Humboldt County Fair in Ferndale from August 16th through August 26th.
Lest you think this is a commercial for those meets --
HANA is issuing a Horseplayer Advisory.
C.A.R.F. is an acronym that stands for the California Association of Racing Fairs.
Be advised that C.A.R.F has higher takeout for their thoroughbred races than other California tracks such as Del Mar, Santa Anita, and Golden Gate.
Takeout for the Cal Fair meets mentioned above as well as night time racing at Los Al is as follows:
TRI, SUPER 25.02
P3, P4, P6 25.02
Whereas takeout at Del Mar, Santa Anita, Golden Gate is as follows:
TRI, SUPER 23.68
P3, P4, P6 23.68
EARLY PICK5 14.00
We thought you should know.
--Jeff Platt, HANA President