The horse are off and running at the Sonoma County Fair for Wine Country Racing on Friday, July 26, 2013, in Santa Rosa. (Kent Porter / The Press Democrat file)

Horse racing will return to the Sonoma County Fair for the first time since 2019

Horse racing will return in August with an 8-day meet this year Sonoma County Fair.

The Wine Country Horse Racing meeting will be the first since 2019, as the show was canceled in August 2020 due to COVID-19. Last August, the coordinators opted for a smaller event which they dubbed the summer fun festivalwhich did not include horse racing.

Matt Dinerman, an American thoroughbred horse racing announcer who grew up in San Diego, will call the races for the weekend, Santa Rosa Horse Racing announced in a Press release. He will also co-host the daily pre-race seminar with racing expert Michael Patricks.

The races will be held August 4-7 and August 11-14. Thursday. On Friday, the races will start at 1:45 p.m. Saturday, they will start at 2:15 p.m. and the races on Saturday and Sunday will start at 1:45 p.m.

Tickets for a grandstand seat are $3, a preferred grandstand or box seat is $5, and a finish table seat is $10. Trackside seating is $60 for a table of four. Fair admission is separate and required before entering.

Dinner overlooking the paddock, which is the area where horses are saddled and paraded before being driven onto the track, is $650, which includes a reserved seating section for up to 26 people, fair admission and official race programs for the group. Tickets can be purchased by calling 707 545-4200.

Online ticket purchases at the fair can be made now. The box office opens Wednesday, July 27 at 10 a.m. at Brookwood Gate. It will be open until 5 p.m. and closed on Sunday, July 31. Pre-sale discounts are offered until August 3.

You can reach editor Alana Minkler at 707-526-8511 or On Twitter @alana_minkler.

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