Emerald Downs 2022 Live Racing Dates


AUBURN, Wash. (November 23) – Emerald Downs has announced a 52-day live racing season in 2022, with opening day Sunday, May 15, and closing day Sunday, September 18.

All 52 race days are scheduled on weekends, composed of 19 Sundays, 18 Saturdays, and 15 Fridays. Post times are 2:15 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays and 7 p.m. Fridays. The traditional Fireworks Spectacular, Sunday, July 3, features a 5 p.m. post.

Emerald Downs President Phil Ziegler says the emphasis on weekend racing is for fans and horsemen alike.

“We’re excited to return to our more traditional schedule with Friday nights and Saturday afternoons,” Ziegler said. “This will be great for the fans.”

Emerald Downs offers 15 consecutive Friday cards beginning June 3, marking the first time the track has offered Friday racing since 2019. Opening week features a lone card on Sunday, May 15, followed by Saturday/Sunday weekends on May 21/22 and May 28/29. Closing weekend also is a two-day race week on Sept. 17/18.

The 2022 season—the 27th at Emerald Downs—will feature a new horsemen incentive program, to be announced next week. The stakes schedule, featuring the 87th running of the Longacres Mile (G3), will be released in December.