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US Racing Track Guide: Emerald Downs

Betfair now offers Exchange markets on a whole host of tracks in the United States. In his latest in-depth guide, US racing handicapper Dean Keppler takes a look at Emerald Downs...

What kind of racecourse is it?

The main dirt track is a traditional one mile dirt oval. There is no turf racing.

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Emerald Downs is located in Auburn, Washington and is named after Seattle, the Emerald City. The track opened in June 20, 1996 replacing Longacres Racetrack which closed in 1992 after nearly 60 years of operation.


When do they race?

Mainly Friday-Sunday afternoons April to September. Fridays starting at 02:30GMT. Saturday and Sunday 10pmGMT


Best Ever Race

The (Grade 3) Longacres Mile August 13, 2016

The Longacres Mile has continued to be the centerpiece of the meet. In the 2016 edition, Point Piper (with jockey Mario Gutierrez aboard) won by 4¾ lengths in a stakes and track record time of 1 minute, 32.90 seconds. The winner and runner-up Cyrus Alexander were both trained by Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. It was Gutierrez's second win in the most prestigious race in the Pacific Northwest. His other win came aboard Taylor Said in 2012.


Most Popular Jockeys

Bowen, Rocco
Mawing, Leslie
Matias, Javier


Most Popular Trainers

Lucarelli, Frank
Belvoir, Howard
Metz, Jeffrey


How to find winners at Emerald Downs

Early-speed or presser types that get to the rail in sprints and routes are usually a winning combination at Emerald Downs. Trainer Frank Lucarelli and jockey Leslie Mawing are a 25% winning combination with overall starters. Trainer Howard Belvoir excels with first and second off the Claim runners at Emerald.


Draw Positions

In sprint races post 1-7 are evenly distributed as far as wins and overall win percentage. Post 8-12 are not as effective, but certainly not considered a severe disadvantage. In distance races, post 1 and the rail is best clicking close to 20% with draw positions 2-6 accumulating a solid amount of victories. Post 7-12 are not ideal when going a route of ground at Emerald.


Running Styles

Early speed and presser types fare best at Emerald with frontrunners doing best at 6, 6 1/2-furlong and 1-mile carded races. In route races over one mile, stalking speed is ideal but the percentage of wire-to-wire running style winners still holds steady at about 27%.


When betting at Emerald Downs look out for...

Early speed or presser types on the rail going 6 and 6½-furlongs. Horses making their first start in the Jeffrey Metz barn (21%).