03/16/2015 1:15PM

Muckleshoots granted license to operate Emerald Downs

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The Washington Horse Racing Commission on Friday approved a license request for a company owned by the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe to operate Emerald Downs in Auburn, according to the Muckleshoots.

The license approval was the last step to close a deal the tribe reached in November of last year to buy the track from Northwest Racing Associates, a company controlled by owner-breeder Ron Crockett. The Muckleshoots had acquired the land under the property in 2002, six years after the track opened, and since 2004 the tribe has provided $11 million in purse subsidies to the track.

The Muckleshoots, which operate a casino near Emerald Downs, said that Crockett will remain a consultant on the operation of the track.

Emerald also announced last week that out-of-state horses will receive a $400 bonus for their first start at the track’s meet this year, which begins on April 15. Bonus payments for starters from out-of-state have been used in other jurisdictions to boost purse size.

Jim Fields More than 1 year ago
IT'S THE CLEANEST TRACK ON THE WESTERN SIDE OF THE MISSISSIPPI, BUT THE LEVEL OF RACING HAS DIMINISHED EACH YEAR. WHEN LONGACRES CLOSED, WASHINGTON WAS FOALING ABOUT 2500 HORSES A YEAR, AND THE BREEDING INDUSTRY HAS DIMINISHED EACH YEAR TO WHERE WE ARE BREEDING ABOUT ONE TENTH OF THE MARES NOW. WHOSE FAULT IS IT? IT PROBABLY CAN BE SPREAD AROUND A LITTLE, BUT NOT MUCH!! I HOPE THE TRIBE CAN HELP BRING WASHINGTON BACK TO WHAT IT WAS FIFTEEN YEARS AGO, THE HORSEMEN ARE STILL HERE, BUT THE PROFIT HASN'T BEEN. IMHO
mikey More than 1 year ago
Maybe they will bring the contest that offered 9 NTRA spots.Well kept track very clean and a joy to go to.
russell More than 1 year ago
Its actually a nice track but racing is pretty bad. Ive been there a dozen times because i have family there.