Ardie the Legend (1939-2020)

One of the area’s most devoted racing fans and boosters passed away in late April—Ardie Der Manouel. Ardie was instrumental in making and keeping the Big Fresno Fair the most successful and popular racing fair in California. He will be deeply missed, but his legendary spirit will live on. Harris Farms has reserved the name, Ardie the Legend for a promising 2-year-old. Ardie is shown here with California Chrome and John Alkire, General Manager of the Big Fresno Fair.