There’s a new sports bar in town. Stutes’ Sports Bar will celebrate its grand opening on Friday, Sept. 7, at 2:30 p.m., at Fairplex Park on opening day of the L.A. County Fair.
Stutes is located in the mezzanine at the Fairplex Park Budweiser Grandstand and will be open daily during the live horse racing meet, Sept. 7 through Monday,
Sept. 24. Sixteen days of exciting thoroughbred action are scheduled, with Tuesdays dark days.
Mel Stute, the first member of Fairplex Park’s Hall of Fame and the track’s all-time leading trainer racking up 186 wins, will be in attendance and will cut the ceremonial ribbon to open Stutes.
The Stute family has a long and storied history with horse racing at Fairplex Park.
Warren Stute, also a successful trainer, and Mel’s older brother, passed away on August 9. But the torch was passed and Warren’s son Glen, and Mel’s son Gary, have followed in their fathers’ footsteps as trainers in the Stute tradition.
“The naming of Stutes’ Sports Bar,” said Jim Henwood, Fairplex president and CEO, “is a tribute to the lasting mark the family has had on the horse racing industry in general, and in particular their phenomenal contributions and successes at Fairplex Park. We’re delighted to have the Stute name prominently displayed in our grandstand, and for our patrons to be invited in and welcomed each day to Stutes.”
Stutes’ Sports Bar will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesdays through Mondays, throughout the meeting. The menu will include a variety of appetizers, salads, sandwiches, burgers and desserts. Drinks will also be served. Plasma screens with live sports events including Fairplex Park’s races will be shown. A display of horse racing memorabilia will add to the ambiance.
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year presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino. There are 17 stakes races scheduled, daily promotions, and a full program to peak the interest of both racing veterans and newcomers to the sport.
For more information on the L.A. County Fair, Sept. 7 to 30, visit www.lacountyfair.com. The Fair is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.