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Emerald Downs Facts

  • Where is Emerald Downs? Emerald Downs is located just south of Seattle, in Auburn, WA.
  • How old is Emerald Downs? Emerald Downs opened on June 20, 1996.
  • How long is Emerald Downs? Emerald Downs is a mile long racetrack.
  • When does Emerald Downs race? Emerald Downs races April through September.
  • What races are run at Emerald Downs? Emerald Downs is home to the Longacres Mile, the Pacific Northwest’s only graded stakes race.
  • Who are the most famous horses to run at Emerald Downs? Emerald Downs has hosted popular horses like Awesome Gem, Jersey Town, Wild Wonder and Budroyale, but local Longacres Mile winners Wasserman and Stryker PhD are the hometown heroes.
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Emerald Downs Stakes Schedule

Sun May 12   Seattle Stakes $50,000 (3YO F) 6 F
Sun May 19   Auburn Stakes $50,000 (3YO C&G) 6 F
Sun May 27   Hastings Stakes $50,000 (3&UP F&M) 6 F
Sun June 2   Governor's Stakes $50,000 (3&UP) 6 F
Sun June 9  Kent Stakes $50,000 (3YO F) 6½ F
Sun June 16   Coca-Cola Stakes $50,000 (3YO C&G) 6½ F
Sun June 23  WA State Legislators Stakes $50,000  (3&UP F&M) 6½ F
Sun June 30   Budweiser Stakes $50,000 (3&UP) 6½ F
Sun July 14   Irish Day Stakes $50,000 (3YO F) 1-1/16 M
Sun July 14   Seattle Slew Stakes $50,000 (3YO C&G) 1-1/16 M
Sun July 21   Mt. Rainier Stakes $50,000 (3&UP) 1-1/16 M
Sun July 21   Boeing Stakes $50,000 (3&UP F&M) 1-1/16 M
Sun July 21   Angie C Stakes $50,000 (2YO F) 5½ F
Sun July 21  King County Express $50,000  (2YO C&G) 5½ F
Sun Aug 11  Washington Oaks $50,000 (3YOF) 1-1/8 M
Sun Aug 11   Muckleshoot Derby $50,000 (3YO) 1-1/8 M
Sun Aug 11   Emerald Distaff $50,000 (3&UP F&M) 1-1/8 M
Sun Aug 11  Longacres Mile $200,000 (G3) (3&UP) 1 M
Sun Aug 18   Barbara Shinpoch Stakes $50,000 (2YO F) 6 F
Sun Aug 18   WTBOA Lads Stakes $50,000 (2YO C&G) 6 F
Sun Aug 25   Bank of America Challenge $35,000 (3&UP) 440 Y
Sun Sept 1  WA Cup Sophomore Filly Stakes $50,000  1 M
Sun Sept 1  WA Cup Sophomore C&G Stakes $50,000  1 M
Sun Sept 8   WA Cup Juvenile Filly Stakes $50,000 6½ F
Sun Sept 8   WA Cup Juvenile C&G Stakes $50,000 6½ F
Sun Sept 15   WA Cup Filly & Mare Stakes $50,000 1-1/16 M
Sun Sept 15  Muckleshoot Tribal Classic $50,000  1-1/16 M
Sun Sept 22   Gottstein Futurity $100,000 (2YO) 1-1/16 M

Emerald Downs History

Emerald Downs first opened its doors on June 20, 1996, with the inaugural 100-day meet running through November 4. It replaced Longacres Racetrack in Renton, Washington, which closed in September 1992. Emerald Downs races from mid-April through mid-September.

The Emerald Downs track is a one-mile (1.6 km) oval and is made of geo-textile fabric, washed rock, coarse sand and one-component track material. There is no turf course.

Quarter Horses at Emerald Downs

The first Quarter Horse race in track history was held in 2010. In 2011, Emerald Downs added a major Quarter Horse stakes, the $60,000 Bank of America Emerald Championship Challenge Stakes, run on Labor Day weekend.

The Only Graded Stakes in the Pacific Northwest

Emerald Downs biggest race is the Grade 3 Longacres Mile. The Mile was initially the richest 1 mile race on the country when first run in 1935 with a purse of $10,000.

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