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Emerald Downs

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Emerald Downs History

Emerald Downs is located between Seattle and Tacoma in the Auburn valley, Auburn, Washington. It's a 167-acre one-mile thoroughbred racing horse track featuring an ultra-modern six level stadium and a complete view of the racing oval.

On 21 September 1992, Longacres ran its closing race after sixty seasons of racing, creating a void in horse racing in the state. It had been the foremost thoroughbred race track in Washington for countless years. Recognizing the void as an opportunity and seizing the prospect, Emerald Downs opened on 20 June 1996.

In the beginning, the numbers of thoroughbreds in the state had dwindled so dramatically, that there were insufficient horses to load up the twelve post positions the starting gate. While the state lay dormant to thoroughbred racing for four years, most of the owners and trainers had relocated to California.

Due to a variety of injuries sustained by the horses that was caused by the old track, nearly $1 million was spent on surface upgrades, and on 25 April 1998, Emerald Downs was greeted with what is understood to have been the biggest crowd it has welcomed since its opening day in 1996.

The main meet at Emerald Downs is a Grade III event known as the Longacres Mile Handicap. The founder of Longacres, Joe Gottstein, considered the mile a disregarded stretch, as it wasn't a sprint or a run of stamina. In order to have a dedicated one mile race, he declared the event in June 1935, announcing the purse at $10,000, in order to catch the attention of the racers. It instantaneously became the biggest wagered one mile race in the country, extending over the next 40 years.

Now recognized as the leading thoroughbred racing venue in the Pacific Northwest, Emerald Downs has hosted meets such as the Longacres Mile, Mt. Rainier Breeders' Cup, Washington Breeders' Cup Oaks, Emerald Breeders Cup Derby and the Gottstein Futurity.

Emerald Downs Contact Info

Phone: +253 288-7000

Website: www.emeralddowns.com

Physical Address: 2300 Emerald Downs Drive
Auburn, Washington

Postal Address: PO Box 617
Auburn, Washington

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