Built in 1858, Pleasanton’s historic, one-mile track has long been home to some of California horse racing’s most notable champions and achievements
After winning his first four major races, Morvich was named the U.S. Champion Two-Year-Old Colt in 1921. The following year, he would become the first California-bred racehorse to win the Kentucky Derby
The legendary champion racehorse trained at the Pleasanton track during the winter of 1936, shortly before winning his first two significant California races: the Bay Bridge Handicap and the World's Fair Handicap.
At 25-1 odds. Hajji's Treasure became the first Northern California-bred horse to win the California Derby, a major test event for the state's potential Triple Crown race contenders. His promising career was cut short after sustaining a broken leg at Preakness Stakes race later that year.
Casual Lies ran all three of the Triple Crown races in 1993 with an impressive second-place finish at the Kentucky derby, third-place in the Preakness, and fifth-place in the Belmont. His trainer, Shelly Riley, also achieved the distinction of being the first woman to train a Derby runner-up
With 70 career wins, multiple titles, accolades & awards, Black Ruby still reigns supreme as the undisputed queen of mule racing. In her heyday she achieved rock star status with fans as much for her sassy personality as her frequent blowout wins.
The young filly delighted spectators as she not only made her debut the Pleasanton track, but won her maiden race by an astonishing nine lengths. After a series of impressive wins that year, She's a Tiger was named American Champion 2-Year-Old Filly at the 2013 Eclipse Awards
The celebrated jockey returned to Pleasanton on July 7, 2013 to claim his 12,000th career win. On June, 12 2016, Baze retired after 12,842 career wins - the most winning jockey in North American history.