12/22/2014 3:34PM

Emerald gets purse boost for 2015

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Daily purse distribution at Emerald Downs will increase approximately 20 percent for the 2015 season, according to a release from the track. Pending approval by the Washington Horse Racing Commission, the meeting will run April 18 through Sept. 27.

The increase is made possible by ongoing purseenhancements from the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, which has provided Emerald Downs with $11,954,825 in purse supplements since 2004, the release said.

In November it was announced that the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe had agreed in principle to acquire Emerald Downs and its assets. The Muckleshoot Indian Tribe is expected to obtain the necessary racing license early in 2015.

The Emerald Downs stable area opens Jan. 31, with training beginning Feb. 2.

jim More than 1 year ago
the tribe needs to put some of that supplement money into the class C tracks in Washington,to keep the breeding industry alive. With a relative small investment, the tribe could keep four or five small tracks alive. Washington breeding and racing can't survive, on it's own, without some extra help, and the class C tracks provide a minor league that would continue to support Emerald. Our industry in Washington, has gone from top five breeding states, to barely top twenty, since Emerald started and killed the other class A tracks in Washington. They would have survived under todays format.
M More than 1 year ago
nice chance for another premier west coast track for NW. like to see them attack day rate, too, for cheaper venue for horses not able to make it at Santa Anita...
mikey More than 1 year ago
Slots saves tracks.
Walter More than 1 year ago
Short term only. When a company realizes how much more efficient a slots parlor is compared to a race track, then there is the fork in the road. ( i.e. Calder) just wait until Parx and Genting jump through the necessary hoops in their respective states to rid themselves of racing.
Chris Lowe More than 1 year ago
With the awarding of full blown casino licenses in New York State, the writing is on the walls(I'm talking to you Aqueduct, Yonkers, Finger Lakes, Tioga Downs.)