The Belmont Stakes is Saturday with California Chrome going for the first Triple Crown since 1978.
With the horses local connection, being co-owned by Denise and Perry Martin of Yuba City and Steve and Carolyn Coburn of Topaz Lake, Nev., the historic run at Belmont continues to build interest in Northern California.
Much of the excitement is in Yuba City. A viewing party with big screen TVs is planned for Plumas Street in Yuba City's downtown district. The event takes place Saturday from noon to 7 p.m.
The Belmont begins at 3:18 p.m. Saturday.
While most of the viewing will be around home televisions in the Sacramento region on NBC, sports bars expect crowds. Clubhouse 56, 723 56th St., will have its wall-sized screens tuned to the race.
The bar will have drink specials and will be serving the Belmont Breeze, the official drink of the Belmont Stakes. The concoction includes American blended whiskey, cream sherry, lemon juice, simple syrup, orange juice, cranberry juice, 7-Up and club soda.
Also getting into the action is Golden Gate Fields in Albany. The tracks Belmont Stakes party includes beers and hot dogs for $1 and a noon-to-4 p.m. California Chrome wine festival, showcasing for 17 wineries and food samplings for $30.
Call The Bees Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.