Emerald Downs Closing Weekend

Emerald Downs began the season with racing on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 25% capacity and ends this weekend with racing Saturday and Sunday without that restriction.

It’s no wonder then that Phil Ziegler, president of the Auburn racetrack, is pleased with how things have gone as the 49-day racing season comes to a close.

“We are pretty pleased with the way the whole meet went,” Ziegler said. “Our number-one priority this year was welcoming fans back.”

The 2020 season was conducted without fans on Wednesday and Thursday nights — light days of racing nationally — to enhance wagering from around the country, and the racetrack set records for handle.

Stakes Action

Three stakes races are on tap Sunday, including the $75,000 Gottstein Futurity, the championship race of the season for 2-year-olds. The purse for the 1 1/16-mile race is the second largest of the season, behind the Longacres Mile.

The other stakes races Sunday are the $50,000 Muckleshoot Tribal Classic for 3-year-olds and up and the $50,000 Washington Cup Filly & Mare Stakes, both at 1 1/16 miles.

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