Fairplex Park, in tandem with the 2007 L.A. County Fair, will present 16 days of live thoroughbred horse racing Sept. 7-24, dark Tuesdays. A tight 5/8th-mile track, enough parity to create a buzz provided by a talented jockey colony, full fields and the unique backdrop of Ferris wheels and cotton candy makes for a fun day. Last year the track enjoyed a spectacular record-breaking handle of $113,919,743, following on the heels of a previous high established in 2005.
Ted West was inducted into the Fairplex Park Hall of Fame and a gargantuan Pick Six carryover, attracting coast-to-coast attention were hallmarks of a memorable racing year. A three-day Pick Six carryover of nearly $1-million swelled to nearly $4-million by the next racing day and a betting frenzy resulted in a single-day handle record of $10,390,081.
Martin Pedroza retained his all-time leading rider standings and Jeff Mullins was the leading trainer of the meeting. David Flores, Fairplex’s all-time leading stakes rider did what he does capturing five more stakes wins; Agapito Delgadillo rode four winners on closing day and David Cohen also had a four-win day, a career first.
Look for a stakes race each day of the meeting, in what Fair officials hope will be another stellar racing meet. For more information on the L.A. County Fair visit the Web site at www.lacountyfair.com.