When nearby Longacres Racetrack closed in September 1992 there was a gap in the market which racing enthusiasts from Western Washington were eager to be filled. However, it was almost 4 years later that Emerald Downs racecourse opened its gates to racing in its inaugural meeting on 20th June 1996. The racecourse of Emerald Downs is a thoroughbred race track situated in the town of Auburn in Washington state. The oval racetrack has a circumference of a mile and has an all-weather surface, with no grass racing available at the course, and a season that begins in April and extends through to September.

The principal race is the Longacres Mile Handicap for 3 year olds and upwards, which was inherited from Longacres and is a Grade III race. It had originally been instigated in June 1935 at Longacres when won by Coldwater  and, in its early days, was the most valuable mile race in America. The most recent 2012 running was won by Taylor Said when ridden by Mario Gutierrez. However, in 1988 and 1989 Simply Majestic achieved a notable double by gaining consecutive victories in the race. In 1988 he was ridden by Russell Baze, but was guided to victory the next year in the hands of Ron Hansen.

Its other principal races are The Washington Breeders Cup Oaks for fillies and the Emerald Breeders Cup Derby.

I am grateful to our American Racing Correspondent Richard Gauthier for the badges shown on the page.

If you have badges, racecards, pictures of the racecourse or further details about the course, including your memories, then email johnslusar@fsmail.net