Track Length: 5/8 mile
Stretch Length: 757 feet
Grand Stand Capacity: 10000
Parking Capacity: 30000
Price General Admission:
Price Turf Club:
1101 W. McKinley Avenue
Pomona, California, 91768
Racing Dates: 2011-09-08 until 2011-09-26
Number of Racing Days: 58
Fairplex Park History
Fairplex Park is governed by the Los Angeles County Fair Association. The Los Angeles County Fair was inaugurated on October 17, 1922. For the construction of permanent building and a grandstand, 75,000 bond was approved. An extra 62 acres of land were purchased later on. In 1924, Afflerbaugh was named as the Fair s first paid manager and he served until 1960. In 1926, the administrator building was designed by Peter Ficker, who was a resident of Pomona.
The fairgrounds, owned by the City of Pomona, and the buildings, owned by the Fair Association, were deeded to the County of Los Angeles in the year 1932. California Governor James Rolph Jr helped financially to construct the grandstand on September 17. Fairplex offices, located in the community building on South Garey Avenue, were relocated to the Progress Bulletin building on Third Street in Pomona and the racetrack was expanded from one-half mile to five-eighths of a mile. A single-day record turnout of 177,612 people took place at the Fair on September 21, 1985.
The grandstand and clubhouse of the racetrack were renovated and the track was renamed Fairplex Park. Lighting was added at the track as night harness racing made its seasonal debut in Pomona in 1986. After two years, harness racing was discontinued. The Fairplex Park celebrated its 75th anniversary with a 75-cent opening day admission price, attracting more than 90,000 people.
Fairplex established three non-profit organizations The Fairplex Child Development Center, The Millard Sheets Gallery and the Fairplex Education Foundation. The goal is to raise funds through grants and charitable donations. Red Gate and Yellow Gate were reconfigured for one new entrance at Yellow Gate and a new signage was introduced. The Republican presidential candidate, George W. Bush, unleashed the opening day ribbon in 2000. Fireplex and the city of Pomona jointly started beautifying the ground in 2004.
More About Fairplex Park
Country Fair trade and consumer shows sporting events meetings The Millard Sheets Gallery child development center inter-track wagering and agricultural events Restaurants Avalon, Hussong s Cantina and Taqueria, The Vineyard Market, Top of the Park
How to get there:
Get off at the Pomona Metrolink Station, and from there you can catch the Line 190 bus from the station directly to the Fairplex grounds. From San Fernando Valley Travel east on the Ventura Freeway (134) to the eastbound Foothill Freeway (210) and exit at Foothill Boulevard. Turn right onto Wheeler Avenue, proceed south to Arrow Highway, and turn left. Follow directional signs to Fairplex grounds. From Santa Clarita Travel south on the Golden State Freeway (5) and take the eastbound Ventura Freeway (134) to the eastbound Foothill Freeway (210). Exit at Foothill Boulevard. Turn right onto Wheeler Avenue, proceed south to Arrow Highway, and turn left. Follow directional signs to Fairplex. From Los Angeles Travel east on the San Bernardino Freeway (10) to the city of Pomona and exit at either Fairplex Drive or White Avenue. Turn left and proceed to the Fairplex grounds. From Long Beach Travel north on the San Gabriel Valley River Freeway (605) to the eastbound San Bernardino Freeway (10). Go east and continue to Pomona, exiting and turning left at either White Avenue or Fairplex Drive. From Orange County Travel north on the Golden State Freeway (5) to the northbound Orange Freeway (57). Proceed to the eastbound San Bernardino Freeway (10) and continue to Pomona, exiting and turning left at either Fairplex Drive or White Avenue. From Victorville/High Desert Travel south on I-15 to the westbound Foothill Freeway (210). Exit at Fruit Street. Turn left and proceed south. Fruit Street turns into White Avenue. Follow the directional signs to the Fairplex grounds. From San Bernardino Travel west on the San Bernardino Freeway (10) to the city of Pomona. Exit at Garey Avenue, turning left under the freeway and turning right at McKinley Drive, or exit at Fairplex Drive, turning right and proceeding to the Fairplex grounds. From Riverside Travel west on the Pomona Freeway (60) to the northbound I-15. Continue to the San Bernardino Freeway (10), traveling west and exiting at Garey Avenue or Fairplex Drive. Proceed as above.