May 6, 2023
  • First Race: 1 PM
  • Gates Open: 10 AM

Opening Day of Live Racing

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Opening Day of Live Racing

May 6, 2023

Our 28th season kicks off on Saturday, Kentucky Derby Day

Gates open 10 AM

Jockey intros 1 PM

First of 7 races 1:30 PM

Fabulous Hat contest closes 2:30 PM

Kentucky Derby 3:57 PM



Kentucky Derby post time is 3:57 PM.

The Toucans will get the day started; enjoy the bright sunny sound of Seattle’s Favorite Steel Drum Band!

Season passes available

You’ll need a Kentucky Derby Hat!!

Emerald Downs $1,000 Fabulous Hat & Best Dressed & Contest

Official Rules

1. All fans attending the races on Saturday may enter. No purchase necessary to enter contest.

2. Employees of Emerald Downs Racing LLC are ineligible.

3. Fans may enter the contest at the designated table near the WA Racing Hall of Fame on track level starting at 11:30 AM.

4. Deadline for entry 2:30 PM.

5. Each participant must complete an entry form and have their picture taken. Pictures for this promotion may be used on the Emerald Downs Facebook Page, website and other social media platforms.

6. A panel of judges will review all the photos and select winners in the following categories

  • Best Dressed Gentleman
  • Best Dressed Lady
  • Best Dressed Girl (ages 14 and under)
  • Best Dressed Boy (ages 14 and under)
  • Best Handmade Hat
  • Best Horse-themed Hat
  • Best Dressed Couple
  • Judge’s Pick (3 Winners)

Each winner will receive $100 in cash


May 6, 2023
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