04/07/2016 11:26AM

Meet opens with exciting jockeys race in offing


AUBURN, Wash. – Competition could be fierce this summer at Emerald Downs, which opens its 70-day meeting Saturday at 2 p.m. Pacific with a nine-race card. Among the positives for horsemen and horseplayers alike, the horse population is up 23 percent this week from a similar juncture a year ago, and the jockey colony is as strong as it’s been in a decade, maybe longer.