Parade to post for Race 1, June 20, 1996. COURTESY TRACK PHOTO

Parade to post for Race 1, June 20, 1996. COURTESY TRACK PHOTO

Emerald Downs reaches milestone in local racing

Track hits 2,000th day of live action on Saturday

  • Thursday, September 13, 2018 5:13pm
  • Sports

Saturday marks the 2,000th day of live racing at Emerald Downs, a milestone that includes nearly 23 seasons and more than 17,000 races.

It all began 2:32 p.m, June 20, 1996, when Strawberry Morn captured the first race in track’ history, rolling to a 10-length victory in the $35,000 U.S. Bank Stakes for 3-year-old fillies. Since then, an additional 17,431 races have been run at the Auburn oval, including 507 this season.

1st Day: June 20, 1996

1,000th Day: July 4, 2006

2,000th Day: Sept. 15, 2018

Total races (through Sept. 9): 17,432

Only six days of live racing remain in 2018 – Sept. 14, 15, 16, 21, 22 and 23. Sunday, Sept. 23 is Fan Appreciation Day with several $1 Specials and a stakes quadruple-header.

Racing this week

• Friday, Sept. 14

6:30 p.m. (7 races)

Fab Friday

• Saturday, Sept. 15

5 p.m. (8 races)

September Saturdays

The Retros (perform after races)

• Sunday, Sept. 16

2 p.m. (9 races)

Emerald Rewards Day

Notes

Sippin Fire worked five furlongs in :59.80 Thursday in advance of the $100,000 Getaway Day Stakes for 3-year-olds on Sunday, Sept. 23. … Nominations for the Getaway and three other closing day stakes close Saturday: $50,000 Gottstein Futurity (2YO), $25,000 Pete Pedersen (3&Up) and $25,000 Fan Appreciation (F&M 3&Up). … Curious Rumor and Papa Mambo both go for their fifth win of the season in Sunday’s eighth race for $15,000/$12,500 claiming fillies and mares. A victory for wither would be significant in the battle for the meet’s Top Claimer.

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