The Washington State Racing Commission office is located next to the Race Office and can be accessed outside the south gate on Emerald Downs Drive. License applications and renewals may be processed at the following times (during live racing):

Wednesday & Thursday: 10am - 1pm
Friday: 1:30pm through last race
Sat., Sun., & Holidays: 9:30am through last race

Preseason Commission Office Hours:  Wednesday-Saturday, 10am-3pm

Commission Office Manager: Debbie Hopkins, 253-931-6372

Owners are required to have sufficient funds on account for all jockey fees prior to their race.

The Washington Horsemen's Benevolent Protective Association represents all Washington licensed owners and trainers of horses running at Emerald Downs. For further information regarding WHBPA services, please contact Mary Ann O'Connell, Executive Director, or Ron Maus, President at 253-804-6822, or by emailing them at  You can also get more info at the WHBPA Website.

2015 Licensing fees

 Trainer$83 plus L&I 
 Asst. Trainer
(includes required Groom license)
 Owner $83 plus L&I
 Exercise Rider $83
 Pony Rider $83
 Jockey; $83

Risk Class WHRC License Type 2015 RatesComments
 Owner Class A or B $150 Annual Premium
 6618 Owner Class C $17 Annual Premium
 6625 Groom & Asst. Trainer $151.68 Per Groom/Per Month
 6626 Exercise Rider & Pony Rider - Track $1.56Per Horse/Per Day
 6627 Exercise Rider & Pony Rider - Farms $18.37Per Employee/Per Day

(Above prices include $10 fingerprinting fee, which is incurred once per season.)

For questions or comments, you may contact the Washington Horse Racing Commission in Olympia at 360-459-6462.

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