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If you plan to race an Arabian, you should join us at ARAC. We are a club made up of long-time and new racers and breeders who love working with this magnificent breed of horse. The benefits of membership include: interaction with other racing enthusiasts, voting privileges, committee participation and eligibility for ARAC Racing Awards Program. One of your greatest resources will be fellow ARAC members.

2021 Arabian Racing Dates – Stay and race in California!

Latest Update 20 November 2020.

We hope to see you in 2021!

The California Horse Racing Board completed the allocation of 2021 racing dates by approving the calendar for Northern California.

For full calendar of Racing dates please check:


The precise dates will be determined when the Board considers each license application of the Northern California circuit.

Golden Gate Fields from 23 December 2020 – 15 June 2021
The Alameda County Fair runs from 16 June – 13 July
The State Fair in Sacramento from 14 July – 3 August
The Sonoma County Fair from 4 August – 17 August
The Humboldt County Fair from 18 August – 31 August
Back to Golden Gate Fields from 25 August – 5 October
The Big Fresno Fair from 6 October – 19 October
Then finish at Golden Gate Fields from 20 October – 21 December

The Board and racing executives acknowledged that this schedule could change due to COVID-19. At this time there are no plans to allow the public to attend any of these meets.


The Alameda Health Department announced that all personnel working at the track MUST have a negative COVID 19 test to be allowed entry to the barn area. Obviously those trainers and staff coming from out of state should have this done before arrival. Until further notice all races will be held without spectators. Check the specific race track to make sure of restrictions.

Although each county has different race protocols which may change before and during racing, as of this writing, all approved Fair racing will be held without spectators and only allow access to trainers, jockeys, grooms, and race officials, all of whom will all be required to wear masks. There will be a track photographer that will take Stretch Photos only, no winner’s circle photos at this time.

 2020 California Wathba Stallions Bonanza Stakes

It is with much disappointment that due to the spike in COVID-19 cases in Fresno, both the Fair and the Fresno Fair Racing meet have been canceled. This decision is based on factors beyond anyone’s control and in the interest of the general public and all those involved in racing. Of course the Arabian Racing Association of California is especially disappointed because we will not be able to offer the WATHBA Stallions Cup California Bonus Bonanza Championship race scheduled at Fresno on 17 October. The two Wathba Stallions Cup meetings at Pleasanton and Golden Gate Fields will be the only two races of the series for the 2020 Arabian racing season. We thank the sponsor of the Wathba Stallions Cup, Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival, for their generous support for California Arabian racing.

2020 Wathba Stallions Cup winners:
18 July, Pleasanton ~ California Sand JS (Burning Sand x Summer Reign CS) ridden by David Martin, trained by Terri Eaton, owned by Nicki Forbes-Robinson and James Schleimer, and leased by PARC Racing Club.

9 August, Golden Gate Fields ~ California Sand JS under jockey David Martin for trainer Terri Eaton, owned by Nicki Forbes-Robinson and James Schleimer. and leased by PARC Racing Club.

We are already putting dates in place for 2021. Thank you for racing with us in California.

More Information : Cory Soltau DVM
Tel 1-925-683-6717

2021 Arabian Racing

We are hoping to be racing this summer at Grants Pass Downs, Oregon. We will bring you updated news as it happens

We Are Dedicated To Arabian Racing in California


To all ARAC members:

Beginning in 2017, a Supplement Racing Fund was created to be used to offset the expense of the mandatory Insurance required to race in California. From this Supplement Fund, the 5th, 6th and 7th placing horses will receive $250.00 in ARAC races during the 2020 racing season.

The $10,000 fund is finite and will be used until the Fund is totally depleted. We hope to add more money to this Supplement Fund during the summer through donations and sponsors to support these horses throughout the entire 2020 racing season. It is our hope that by offsetting the expenses of racing in California, Arabian owners will appreciate the opportunity of racing without the financial burdens of past years.

Several owners, racing related businesses and other Arabian Racing enthusiasts have offered financial contributions to the Supplement Fund to guarantee the continued health of racing in California. Please consider joining them and help see California Arabian Racing grow.

For more information contact:
Cory Soltau DVM, ARAC Chairman

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