Grants Pass Downs' management has announced it will open the backside of the southwest Oregon track May 15. The dates of May 15-17 will be used for shipping horses in and getting barns, stalls, and hot walkers, etc., ready for training and racing. The first official training day will be May 18.
Horse racing has come to an end this year with Monday being the final day for southern Oregon’s first fall season. The races were held at the newly renovated Grants Pass Downs with officials calling this fall season a success. There were over 140 races completed and n top of that, people and racers came from all over the country to check out the downs. While official numbers aren’t in, organizers of the races estimate over a million dollars were wagered through just the fall season. That’s more than double what they would make during some of their summer seasons.
Grants Pass is now home to Oregon’s biggest horse races. The first-ever fall season started at the Grants Pass Downs on Sunday. TMB Racing in Grants Pass is owned by Dutch Bros. co-founder Travis Boersma. After the closure of Portland Meadows, the company was approved to purchase the state license.
Grants Pass Downs kicks off its first ever commercial race meet this Sunday, Sept. 22. The eight-race opening day program will feature the TMB Inaugural, with a full field of 8 thoroughbreds competing for a purse of $11,650 at a distance of five and one-half furlongs. Races will be held every Sunday and Monday through Nov. 4, with 14 race days scheduled in total for the meet and all post times at 1 p.m. Admission is $4, and parking is free.