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The 2020 Condition Book is Now Available

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – May 27, 2020 ATTN: HORSEMEN! Our condition book is live on the website for downloading. Please visit http://gpdowns.com/horsemen and click the button that says DOWNLOAD next to Condition Book. On behalf of our racing office, thank you for your patience. We are looking forward to an exciting race meet.

Official press release: Grants Pass Downs Begins Racing June 16

Oregon’s premier horse racing track to host the Adequan Derby Challenge; all summer races will be open to athletes and staff only

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – May 18, 2020Grants Pass Downs, Oregon’s premier horse racing track, will hold its summer meet without spectators, with racing beginning June 16. The decision comes as the state of Oregon eases coronavirus-related shutdown restrictions and as most racetracks reopen across the nation. The meet will take place over nine days –June 16, 17, 23, 24, 30 and July 1, 6, 7 and 8, post time at 4 p.m.– and includes between 80 to 100 races and $60,000 in purses each race day. The track opens for training ahead of the meet today, May 18.

One of the featured races in the meet is the prestigious American Quarter Horse Association’s Adequan Derby Challenge. The 400-yard quarter horse race offers a total purse of $35,000.

The track is implementing strict COVID-19 health protocols to ensure the safety of all participants during the meet. All Grants Pass Downs employees will be required to wear masks, and the Oregon Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association will provide masks to participating horsemen and women, trainers and support staff. Additionally, the track has set up racing operations to be conducted in compliance with social distancing standards and is implementing two checkpoints with COVID-19 screening equipment to check temperatures and look for symptoms. Any person exhibiting an above-average body temperature or COVID-19 symptoms will not be allowed into the venue.

“Since we opened our track for training on May 18, we have worked tirelessly to ensure that we can safely run races while complying with Oregon’s COVID-19 public health regulations,” said Randy Evers, president of Grants Pass Downs. “Although we are disappointed that we cannot allow spectators at the summer meet, we are committed to doing our part to help keep our community safe and healthy. We are pleased to take this first step of opening up the track for races again, and we know our fans will be following the action closely on TVG Network and other participating ADW sites.”

The track is operating in full compliance with plans from the Oregon governor’s office to safely re-open the state and provide jobs for the local Grants Pass economy. The races will generate between 150 to 200 jobs, even without fans, as Grants Pass Downs staff, horse trainers, veterinarians, pony riders, gate crew and others are going back to work to safely put on the summer meet for racing fans around the world.

Grants Pass Downs’ summer meet is available for spectators to watch and wager at TVG Network and other advance-deposit wagering (ADW) websites. A list of participating ADW sites is available on this page.

Summer Race Dates Announcement

5/15/2020 | Grants Pass, Oregon

We regret that we are unable to host spectators during our summer meet but we hope you will tune in to TVG for all of the live action from the track. That being said, there’s a new schedule for Grants Pass Downs. Our nine day meet will run every Tuesday and Wednesday (and one Monday)! Post Time is 4pm. The dates are: June 16, 17, 23, 24, 30 and July 1, 6, 7, 8.

Safety Grant Announcement

5/6/2020 | Grants Pass, Oregon

We are honored to have received a safety grant in the amount of $165,200 from the Oregon Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association! This grant will allow us to integrate new chain-link fencing, Styrofoam break away distance markers, sand for racing surfaces and a 10-foot safety buffer. We’ll also be acquiring a telescopic boom for safety mitigation along the chute! We are really excited for these changes and for the opportunity to further our mission of safety first, for both horse and rider. Read more about the changes here.

Backside Opening Announcement

5/4/2020 | Grants Pass, Oregon

Grants Pass Downs is opening on the backside May 15th; first day of training May 18th.

Attention horsemen:
We are excited to announce that we will be open on the backside starting May 15th! The first day of training is May 18th; we hope to see some familiar faces on the track. While we’re eager to open, we also want to ensure the safety of all involved, so please click here to read the in-depth protocols for backside attendees. Adherence to this protocol is mandatory.

We know you probably know what it means that the backside is open, but we just want to clarify that we are not yet open to the public. This announcement is specific to the horsemen that train at our track.

Thank you for your attention and we can’t wait to see you soon!
-The team at Grants Pass Downs

COVID-19 Spring Meet Cancellation Statement

3/26/2020 | Grants Pass, Oregon

Grants Pass Downs has made the difficult decision to cancel the upcoming spring race meet, which was scheduled to begin on May 10, due to health and safety concerns surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak.

As a result, the backside will not open for training in April.

Although this was a difficult decision to make, we are certain it is the right one.

Our management team saw no possible avenue to continue with our planned schedule in a way that meets aligns with our mission and meets our commitment to the health and safety of our staff, our athletes, the horsemen and women, racing fans and the community of Grants Pass.

We wish you good health and encourage you to take care of yourself, your families, friends and neighbors.

We are all in this fight together, and we will come through these difficult times stronger.

-Randy Evers, President of Grants Pass Downs


Bar and Restaurant Closure Statement

3/16/20 | Grants Pass, Oregon

To our fans and partners in the community:

Given Governor Brown’s order to close all bars and restaurants in Oregon in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, our OTB network will be unavailable for wagering until further notice. We know this is a difficult time for all, and we are grateful to all our partners in the restaurant industry for doing their part as state and federal health officials work to get a handle on this.

We are monitoring this situation closely and will share additional updates as available, but if you have any questions, please reach out to pr@gpdowns.com.

Randy Evers, President of Grants Pass Downs


A Statement From the President Re: COVID-19

3/17/2020 | Grants Pass, Oregon

To our fans and partners in the community:

Grants Pass Downs is committed to ensuring the safety, health and wellbeing of our guests, athletes, horsemen and staff, as well as the Grants Pass community.

We are closely monitoring the impact of COVID-19. As of today, we have made no changes to our spring schedule – the backside is still slated to open April 5, with the start of the spring race meet set for May 10.

We will continue to monitor and evaluate the situation as it evolves in the weeks ahead and will follow the recommendations and guidelines put forward by local, state and federal public health officials.

In the meantime, please continue to take the necessary precautions in your daily lives. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out directly or to ​pr@gpdowns.com​.

Wishing you all good health while we navigate this situation together.

-Randy Evers, President of Grants Pass Downs