11/15/2010 2:30PM

2011 Northern California racing calendar in place

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After being unable to come up with a 2010 calendar until January this year, Northern California’s racing interests already have a 2011 schedule in place. The 2011 calendar is similar to the 2010 one, except that Ferndale will not have a full week of racing to itself.

The tiny Humboldt County track opens Aug. 12 and will have two days of racing to itself next summer, and then Golden Gate Fields will open for a summer meet Aug. 19.

Robert Hartman, the Golden Gate Fields general manager, and Chris Korby, executive director of the California Authority of Racing Fairs, said Northern California’s racing interests worked together to hammer out a schedule.

“We’re relying on one another,” Hartman said. “Chris Korby feels the same way, too. If we’re not successful, it affects the fairs, and if they’re not successful, it hurts us.”

Golden Gate Fields will race 179 dates, with most of them coming during its winter-spring meeting, which begins Dec. 26 and runs through June 12. The Golden Gate summer meeting ends Oct. 2, then it will run a fall meeting from Oct. 19 to Dec. 18.

Among fair tracks, both Pleasanton (June 22-July 10) and Santa Rosa (July 27-Aug. 14) will have three-week runs as they did this year.
There had been discussions of Pleasanton receiving some spring dates to break up the six-month Golden Gate winter-spring meeting, but

Hartman said the idea “wasn’t a good fit” this year.

Korby said that in the future he’d like to see Stockton get two weeks of racing instead of one.