Emerald Downs ‘Fully Committed’ To 2020 Meet; Dates Remain Uncertain

Emerald Downs will not begin its 25th season on April 18 as scheduled, but track officials told the Kent Reporter they are “fully committed” to offering live racing there sometime this year.

Many employees at the track have been furloughed, though the property has remained open for training for the 532 horses on its grounds. Traffic in the barns has been limited to trainers, grooms, exercise riders, and veterinarians or other suppliers.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee recently extended his stay-at-home order to May 4 to help limit the spread of the coronavirus.

It’s too soon for track personnel to outline a potential timeline for the return of live racing, but an ideal scenario could include a summer start. A shortened meet may also take place in the fall, if a summer meet proves impossible.

“Emerald Downs is fully committed to offering live racing in 2020, when the current outbreak is under control and things begin to return to normal,” Washington Horse Racing commission executive secretary Doug Moore told the Kent Reporter.

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