Emerald Downs Racetrack

Logo for Emerald Downs Race Track, a live horse racing venue in Auburn, WA

2300 Emerald Downs Drive
Auburn, WA 98001
Phone: (253) 288-7000
Emerald Downs Website

Racing Season:
April – September


Notable Emerald Downs Racing Events

  • G3 Longacres Mile – 3-year-olds & up going 1 mi.
  • Washington Oaks – 3-year-old fillies going 1-1/8 mi.
  • Gottstein Futurity – 2-year-olds going 1 1-1/16 mi.
  • Emerald Downs Derby – 3-year-olds going 1-1/8 mi.

History of Horse Racing at Emerald Downs

Originally the site of Longacres Racetrack, Emerald Downs opened in 1996 and runs a spring/summer schedule of live Thoroughbred racing with a Quarter Horse stakes event held on Labor Day weekend. Under the shadow of Mount Rainier in Auburn, the track’s signature race is the Longacres Mile: a Handicap Division race originally founded in 1935 to fill a void Longacres founder Joe Gottstein felt was missig on the stakes calendar.


Emerald Downs’ Racing Surface

With no turf course, the main racetrack is a 1 mile oval with a surface comprised of geo-textile fabric, course sand, and washed rock. Given the commonly wet climate of the Seattle area, the infield was designed to be a storm drain for the property, including the parking lots, racing surface, even the rooftops.


Things to Do at Emerald Downs

Emerald Downs is home to the members-only Red Hook Turf Club, letting people enjoy horse racing in style! Benefits include great views, awesome food, and excellent drinks. They also offer their services to any number of race and non-race related events and activities.