Emerald Downs To Begin Racing June 22 With No Fans, Monday-Tuesday Schedule

The Washington Horse Racing Commission on Friday voted to approve a 44-day season for Emerald Downs in Auburn, Wash.

Racing was originally scheduled to begin on April 18 but has been delayed because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The new opening day is scheduled for Monday, June 22.  Initially, races will be conducted every Monday and Tuesday with no fans in attendance.

Horse racing without public participation is included in Phase 3 of Gov. Jay Inslee’s “Safe Start Washington” coronavirus plan.  Upon entering Phase 4, racing will open to the public and Emerald Downs will return to a traditional weekend race schedule.  A revised stakes schedule will be announced within a week.

Horses have been in training at Emerald Downs since Feb. 1.

Track president Phil Ziegler thanked all the workers in stable area for doing their part to minimize the spread of the coronavirus by following social distancing and safety protocols.

“They have done a terrific job of staying healthy and taking care of the 600 horses currently stabled at the track,” said Ziegler. “We have followed all the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and state safety guidelines since the emergency began.”

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