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.
Betting Emerald Downs
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