Horse racing is back at Emerald Downs

By | July 1, 2020

“Runners away.”

That’s how Emerald Downs tune announcer Tom Harris starts offevolved every race he calls. He and the horses will be back in action for Wednesday’s opening day at the Auburn racetrack, more than two months after it was scheduled to open.

Eighty-one horses are set to compete in nine races, however there won’t be fans. Large gatherings are now not but allowed below Washington pointers for reopening from the coronavirus pandemic.

The unique 63-day race meet revolved around weekend racing, however that was once with the expectation that followers could attend. Now, Emerald Downs will race Wednesdays and Thursdays – mild days for racing throughout the USA– at least via July in an effort to increase nationwide online and simulcast wagering.

“We by no means intended to run on the weekends if we couldn’t have a crowd here,” Ziegler said. “We simply had to wait and see what availability there was in the (national) racing schedule to see what the quality times for us to run to be on TVG (network) and get making a bet from around the kingdom and the country.”

The season has been decreased to 44 days, with the remaining racing day scheduled for Oct. 18. The track has tentatively deliberate a Friday-Sunday racing time table beginning in August, but that will only manifest if fans can return.

“It all depends on the virus and matters getting better,” Ziegler said. “Nobody can predict that we can have followers here before the give up of the season.”

Trainer Frank Lucarelli, who set the Emerald Downs document closing season with eighty one winners en route to his sixth coaching title, has gotten used to his horses competing barring fans. The Northwest native strikes to Northern California to manipulate a secure there when Emerald Downs is off.

“It’s like any sport, the greater people there are, the extra excitement there is and the funner it is. It’s fun when the followers are there, particularly up right here (in Auburn). Emerald brings in a remarkable group of fans. I’m from right here and I understand a lot of people, and it’s a social match in addition to making an attempt to win races. A lot of tracks, I won’t even come out to the races if I don’t have a horse running, however I do here due to the fact it’s exciting and I like coming out.”

Lucarelli said he idea shifting races to Wednesday and Thursday “was a true go on their part. I suppose they’ve been actual clever in seeing which course they would go and what the best simulcast days are.”

The Grade III, $100,000 Longacres Mile has been tentatively set for Sunday, Sept. 13 The purse for the race has been halved this season, and purses ordinary have been reduced because of misplaced revenue while the racetrack has been closed for stay racing and for simulcast wagering at other racetracks.