With California Chrome - a colt from the Golden State - trying to win the Belmont Stakes, and with it thoroughbred racing’s first Triple Crown since 1978, Northern California venues are gearing up for Saturday’s defining event.
The race is scheduled to begin at 3:50 p.m. and will be broadcast on NBC.
What piques local interest beyond the drama of a possible Triple Crown, is the horse’s local connection in his owners Denise and Perry Martin of Yuba City and Steve and Carolyn Coburn of Topaz Lake, Nev.
Cal Expo, the only place in Sacramento where a bettor can legally place a wager on the race, is putting on a Belmont Stakes special event in the air-conditioned Sports and Wagering Center Club House. For $38 a participant gets breakfast, lunch, a racing program and reserved seating. Doors open at 8 a.m. Saturday to place wagers.
In Yuba City, a viewing party with big-screen TVs is planned for Plumas Street in the downtown district. The event takes place Saturday from noon to 7 p.m.
Also getting into the action is Golden Gate Fields in Albany. The track’s Belmont Stakes party includes beers and hot dogs for $1, as well as a noon-to-4 p.m. California Chrome wine festival, showcasing for 17 wineries and food samplings for $30.
Call The Bee’s Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.