Emerald Downs Announces 2023 Live Racing Dates


AUBURN, Wash. (November 23) – Emerald Downs has announced a 52-day live racing season for 2023, with opening day Saturday, May 6, and closing day Sunday, September 17.

The 2023 season features 20 Saturdays, 19 Sundays, 11 Fridays, and two Mondays.

Opening Day shares billing with the 148th Kentucky Derby with a special 1 p.m. first post at Emerald Downs.

Post times are similar to recent seasons with Saturday post 2 p.m. May 13-June 24 and 5 p.m. July 1-Sept. 16. Sunday post is 2 p.m. throughout the meeting while Friday post (beginning June 9) is 7 p.m. Holiday racing is scheduled Monday, May 29, 2 p.m., and Monday, July 3, 5 p.m.

The 2023 meet—the 28th at Emerald Downs—features the 88th running of the Longacres Mile. The stakes schedule will be released in December.

Live racing dates were approved at last week’s monthly meeting of the Washington Horse Racing Commission.