Emerald Downs Announces 2022 Purse Increase


AUBURN, Wash. (Sept. 23) – Emerald Downs has announced a 10% purse increase on overnight races for the 2022 season. This is the second consecutive year that purses have increased 10%.

The 2021 season marked the return of fans after running in front of an empty grandstand in 2020. Track President Phil Ziegler was pleased to have the fans back, “Our race fans came out to enjoy the beautiful weather, great racing, and popular promotions. Revenue from admissions, food & beverages, and wagering were all better than projected. That enables us to put more money towards purses in 2022.”

Each season the track receives a purse supplement from the Muckleshoot Tribe, who own and operate Emerald Downs.

The purse increase announcement comes after the track met with representatives from both the horsemen and breeders’ group. Incentive programs including the popular shipping bonus will return. The 2022 Longacres Mile (G3) will have a purse of $150,000, a $50,000 increase from the past two years.

Emerald Downs’ stable area is scheduled to open at the beginning of March. Details of the 2022 season along with stall applications will be available later this Fall.

For more information on Emerald Downs visit www.emeralddowns.com or call 253-288-7000.