01/13/2014 6:48PM

Emerald Downs plans 75-day meeting in 2014


Emerald Downs will present 75 days of live racing in 2014, the suburban Seattle track announced Monday. Opening day is April 12, a Saturday, and the meeting ends Sept. 28.

Anticipating a possible horse shortage early in the meeting, Emerald officials eliminated Friday racing in April and will offer two cards per week for the first three weeks of the season before adding Friday racing on May 2. There will be three cards a week for the balance of the meeting.

Post times are 6:45 p.m. on Fridays and 2 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays.

Emerald Downs opens for training Feb. 1. The stakes schedule will be released later in February.