THANK YOU Grants Pass Downs race fans, horsemen and sponsors for a successful Fall 2021 meet!

We look forward to announcing our 2022 Spring-Summer calendar with you shortly. We wish everyone a very happy holiday season!

Join us Monday, 6/28 and Tuesday, 6/29 as we celebrate our local heroes!


*Only available at the gate.

Join us on Sunday, July 4 at 1:00 pm for the $90,000 Firecracker Futurity! Our 2021 Spring-Summer meet concludes on Tuesday with Fan Appreciation Day!

Post time Monday, 7/5 and Tuesday, 7/6 is 5:15 pm.

Join us Monday, 6/28 and Tuesday, 6/29 as we celebrate our local heroes!


*Only available at the gate.

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GRANTS PASS, Ore. (September 16, 2021) – It’s nearly post time for the fall meeting at Grants Pass Downs.

Coming off a record-setting spring/summer meeting, optimism is high as Oregon’s premier racing facility begins an 18-day fall meeting Monday, Sept. 20, extending through Tuesday, Nov. 9. The eight-week season features racing every Monday and Tuesday at 5:15 p.m., and Sunday racing programs on Sept. 26 and Oct. 17 at 1 p.m.

Last year’s fall meet was enormously successful, establishing records for largest total handle, average handle, average field size, and total purses paid. The momentum carried into 2021, with the 17-day spring/summer meeting establishing new records for total handle ($6,919,434) and average handle ($407,026).

“By any measure, our spring/summer meet was a great success, and I am optimistic this fall will see even better results,” said Grants Pass Downs President Randy Evers. “The track is in beautiful condition and the horses are really enjoying their cool morning workouts. Race night sponsorships are at an all-time high and we look forward to providing fans with excellent customer service and a fun night at the races.”

Since the permanent closure of Portland Meadows in 2019, Grants Pass Downs has become the epicenter of Oregon racing, securing a 99-year lease agreement with the Josephine County Fairgrounds.

Under the leadership of Evers and CEO Travis Boersma, Grants Pass Downs has made substantial upgrades throughout the 64-acre facility located west of downtown Grants Pass:

• Installing a new state-of-the-art safety rail to ensure the welfare of riders and horses and raise the standard of the meet.

• Widening the track to improve conditions for racing, with an additional 800 tons of sand laid in anticipation of wet fall weather.

• Adding a new chute making possible six-furlong thoroughbred races and 440-yard quarter horse races.

• Installing lights for evening racing.

• Building the Flying Lark restaurant and entertainment venue on the southwest corner of the Fairgrounds.

Ladies have dominated the jockeys’ ranks at recent meets with Joree Scriver edging Mckenzie King for both the 2020 fall title and 2021 spring/summer crown. In fact, women jockeys finished first, second and fifth (Taylor Smith) at the 2021 spring/summer meet.

Amongst trainers, Quinn Howey has operated the track’s most successful outfit, capturing last year’s fall title 12-9 over Jorge Rosales and the 2021 spring/summer crown 13-9 over Billy Christian.

Several important stakes races enhance the action with the $25,000 guaranteed Grants Pass Mile—the state’s richest and most prestigious event for Thoroughbreds—set for Monday, Nov. 9. Quarter Horses also are prominent at Grants Pass Downs, with the $40,000-added Far West Futurity scheduled Monday, Nov. 8.

Two stakes are scheduled opening week—$14,600 Siskiyou Stakes for fillies and mares 3-year-olds and up Monday and $13,000-added Applegate Stakes for 3-year-olds and up Tuesday. Both are 5 ½ furlongs.

Monday’s opener features eight races, five Thoroughbred and three Quarter Horse.

See all the Fall 2021 race dates by visiting THE GP DOWNS RACE CALENDAR


GRANTS PASS, Ore. (July 14, 2021) – Continuing its upward trajectory as Oregon’s premier horse racing track, Grants Pass Downs established a new record for total handle during the 17-day spring/summer meet that concluded Monday, July 6.

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (July 21, 2021) – The spring/summer season wrapped two weeks ago, but Grants Pass Downs has become a national story in racing.

In a lengthy New York Times article written by two-time Eclipse Award winner Joe Drape, Grants Pass Downs is lauded for its commitment to safety and community. The story—No Need for Speed—was published and appeared on-line Monday, featuring 10 photos by Times photographer Joe Kline.


Drape traveled to Grants Pass last month, spending several days interviewing jockeys, trainers, owners, fans and track officials. The recurring theme is that the horses always come first.

“Our sincere thanks and appreciation to Joe Drape and the entire team at the New York Times,” said track president Randy Evers. “Grants Pass Downs is deeply honored and humbled to be recognized for our efforts by a world class newspaper. The two days our team members, owners, trainers and jockeys spent with Joe at our racetrack were very special.

“Joe was extremely insightful when he focused on our first and highest priority of safety for human and equine athletes. He also learned of our community focused commitment and a culture of inclusivity where women jockeys, trainers and owners are valued and thrive.”

Drape also cited a thriving community of women jockeys, trainers and owners at Grants Pass Downs, interviewing jockeys Joree Scriver, Mckenzie King and Taylor Smith and trainers Jaqueline Smith and Mary Boyle.

The article also highlights the track’s upward trajectory under CEO Travis Boersma, with handle increasing from $60,000 daily to over $400,000, and a long-term commitment to keep horse racing alive and well in Oregon.

“It’s a great sport that we have,” Boersma said in the article. “I think there’s a way to do it in a classy way, and I have a really simple plan — show some T.L.C. to the horses and the people who care for them. When people love on each other, good things happen.”

Grants Pass Downs resumes racing on September 20 with their 18-day Fall meet.

With heavy hearts, all of us at Grants Pass Downs extend our deepest sympathy to the family of Eduardo Gutierrez-Sosa, who lost his life riding at Prineville, OR last night. A gifted rider and true gentleman, Eduardo will be greatly missed by our Oregon racing family. 

Rest in Peace, dear friend.


GRANTS PASS, Ore. (July 14, 2021) – Continuing its upward trajectory as Oregon’s premier horse racing track, Grants Pass Downs established a new record for total handle during the 17-day spring/summer meet that concluded Monday, July 6.

The total handle for the spring/summer meet was a record $6,919,434, with a daily average handle of $407,026. The meet featured 138 total races, paid out $1,130,916 in purses and a $66,524 daily average. The average field size was 7.34.

Grants Pass Downs President Randy Evers cited the support of horsemen, the return of fans, and the nationwide support of horseplayers as highlights.

“I am so grateful for the support of our fans both locally and across the country, as Grants Pass Downs continues to grow and set wagering records,” Evers said. “It was very special to welcome back all of our great fans at Grants Pass Downs as Covid restrictions were relaxed.

“To hear the roar of the crowd as the horses left the starting gate, well, it was something I missed and brought a huge smile to my face. Our entire team is working hard to prepare for our fall race meet. I have every confidence it will be another giant step forward on our incredible adventure!”

There were numerous on-track achievements during the 17-day spring/summer season:

  • Joree Scriver with 23 wins and Quinn Howey with 13 wins each captured their second straight riding and training crowns at Grants Pass Downs.
  • 6-year-old gelding El Alto Hombre reeled off four consecutive wins, including three stakes triumphs for trainer Liz Kowalski and owner Anthony Hoover; 4-year-old filly Jaded Tiger also won four races, including two stakes for owner/trainer Jaqueline Smith.
  • 2-year-old gelding Five Bars Blazin scored a $34.80 upset in the $90,000 Firecracker Futurity—the richest race in the history of Grants Pass Downs—before a season-high 3,130 fans.
  • 7-year-old gelding Capes Hot Rocket swept all three legs of the inaugural O B Harbor Sprint Series sponsored by Jody Peetz and the Oregon HBPA.

Grants Pass Downs resumes racing on September 20 with their 18-day Fall meet.


GRANTS PASS, Ore. (May 5, 2021) – As track announcer Jason Beem would say, “And the race is on at Grants Pass Downs!”

Oregon’s premier horse racing venue begins its 2021 spring/summer season Monday with first post 5:15 p.m. The eight-race card features two quarter horse events, six thoroughbred races and 65 total horses—a solid 8.1 per race.

The $10,000 added Caveman Stakes drew a full field of 10 older horses at five furlongs including Pulpits Power, last seen winning the $20,000 Grants Pass Mile last fall. The 7-year-old gelding drew the No. 3 post position with defending riding champion Joree Scriver taking the mount.

The 17-day spring/summer meeting features Monday and Tuesday racing through July 6 (except June 14 and 15) and special holiday racing Sunday July 4 at 1 p.m.

“I’m so excited to get our spring/summer season started,” said Grants Pass Director of Racing Rod Lowe. “We spent all winter working on improvements and planning for this meet. We have some very exciting races planned, including a 2-year-old quarter horse futurity that should be worth almost $100,000.”

At 350 yards for 2-year-olds, the Firecracker Futurity is the richest race of the meeting and highlights the holiday card. Oregon-bred filly Louisana Bunny registered a 17 to 1 upset in last year’s Firecracker and later captured the John Deere Juvenile Championship at Emerald Downs.

Tickets for opening day are available at and at the gate.

The Caveman Stakes figures to be hotly contested. Claimed for $6,250 by trainer Billy Christian last September, Pulpits Power returned a quick dividend for owners Tony Delp and Dee Stillwell, finishing third in the Medford Stakes before rallying to a three-quarter-length victory over Beat the Heat in the Grants Pass Mile. Pulpits Power shortens up for his 2021 debut but did break his maiden sprinting and has finished second in three of five career starts in races shorter than six furlongs.

Pure Pursuit ran the fastest six furlongs of the entire 2020 Emerald Downs’ season–1:08.22 on a wet-fast track last September–and figures to be flying early under jockey Patrick Henry Jr. A 7-year-old Kentucky-bred gelding, Pure Pursuit compiled a 3-3-1 record from eight starts last year, earning $23,215 for trainer Nick Lowe and co-owner Mark Loebner.

Dusalut is a lofty 5-1-1 in 10 career starts at Grants Pass Downs including a 25 to 1 stunner in the Applegate Stakes last fall. Owned by Dorothy Clarke and trained by Teri Beckner, the 5-year-old gray gelding led gate to wire in each of his victories at Grants Pass.

El Alto Hombre is a two-time allowance winner at Grants Pass and finished first or second in 20 of 29 career starts for trainer Liz Kowalski. Keyson, a stakes winner at Turf Paradise, makes his local debut for trainer Dan Kenney and figures to add even more fuel to the early pace.

Jorge Rosales, who captured the 2020 summer crown with a 12 for 37 mark, entered six horses opening day including Count Alexei in the Caveman Stakes. Although a maiden in the thoroughbred ranks, Count Alexei comes off a 2 ½-length victory in a 1000-yard mixed breed race at Los Alamitos and was runner-up twice in maiden special weights on turf—once at Del Mar and once at Santa Anita. Cerapio Figueroa, rider of Count Alexei, combined to win 39 races with Rosales in 2020.

The field for the $10,000 added Caveman Stakes: Count Alexei, Cerapio Figueroa; Keyson, Mckenzie King; Pulpits Power, Joree Scriver; Dusalut, Jaime Lopez; Capes Hot Rocket, Jose Guerrero; Molaf, Luis Gonzalez; El Alto Hombre, Jose Figueroa; Golden Cowboy, Taylor Smith; Chill, David Martin; Pure Pursuit, Patrick Henry Jr. (all carry 126 lbs.)

Entries for the second day of racing, Tuesday, May 11, will be drawn Thursday.

It's Nearing Racing Season At Grants Pass Downs

Grants Pass, Ore. – April 29, 2021 – Grants Pass Downs

Coming off a record-shattering fall meeting that established new marks in total wagering and field size, Grants Pass Downs looks to continue its momentum when the 2021 Spring Meeting begins Monday May 10.

The 17-day season features Monday and Tuesday racing at 5:15 p.m. Holiday racing is offered Sunday, July 4, at 1 p.m.

According to track president Randy Evers, an update regarding fans will be released next week. The situation is fluid, but Josephine County is among 15 counties across Oregon moved into the “Extreme Risk” category for Covid-19.

Despite challenges presented by the ongoing pandemic, Grants Pass Downs is thriving. At the 16-day fall meeting, Grants Pass averaged 8.03 starters per race and exceeded $6 million in handle, including a record $868,632 on closing day. It was the track’s most successful commercial meeting yet.

“We were absolutely elated, we couldn’t have been happier with the season,” said racing secretary John Everly. “Grants Pass is doing everything possible to make horse racing successful. It’s so refreshing being around people who want to grow the sport.”

Under CEO Travis Boersma and Evers, Grants Pass Downs has undergone several significant upgrades with its racing surface and facility, including a state-of-the art safety rail and a widened racing surface that now accommodates 10 starters. And beginning this season, a new chute will make it possible for Everly to card six-furlong Thoroughbred races and 440-yard Quarter Horse events.

 Everly anticipates all 450 on-track stalls being occupied by opening day, while long-term plan calls for a new off-track training and equestrian center to be built mere minutes away from the Grants Pass facility. Steve Wood, longtime track superintendent at Santa Anita Park, is overseeing development of the training center project.

Minimum purse for Thoroughbreds is $5,500 with opening week featuring a pair of stakes events: $10,000 Caveman Stakes for 3-year-olds and up on Monday, May 10 and $10,000 Daily Courier Stakes for fillies and mares on Tuesday, May 11. The initial Quarter Horse stakes is the $15,000 Mail Tribune Handicap on Monday, May 17.

In the trainers’ ranks, Jorge Rosales and Quinn Howey-winners of the last two Grants Pass training titles—head a strong roster that also features veteran conditioners Teri Beckner, Emilio Guerrero and Billy Christian.

Apprentice Joree Scriver, who edged McKenzie King for the fall riding title at Grants Pass, is expected to contend for another crown this spring. In 2020, Scriver also was leading apprentice at Emerald Downs, and she currently ranks sixth with 29 wins at Turf Paradise.

In the announcers’ stand, Jason Beem is looking forward to his second season as the voice of Grants Pass Downs. In addition to being one of the sport’s most talented young announcers, the Seattle native is extremely popular on social media where his annual Beemie Awards have an enormous following.

“I can’t wait to get back to Grants Pass Downs for the spring season,” Beem said. “Coming off such a successful fall season, I can’t wait to get things going again. Grants Pass Downs is a really fun place to call races because we have had good field size and the half mile track makes for lots of fast paced action to keep me on my toes.”

2021 live racing dates: Monday, May 10; Tuesday, May 11; Monday, May 17; Tuesday, May 18; Monday, May 24; Tuesday, May 25; Monday, May 31; Tuesday, June 1; Monday, June 7; Tuesday, June 8; Monday, June 21; Tuesday, June 22; Monday, June 28; Tuesday, June 29; Sunday, July 4; Monday, July 5; Tuesday, July

Grants Pass Downs is pleased to confirm our 2021 Spring Live racing dates:

Grants Pass, Ore. – April 27, 2021 – Grants Pass Downs

Grants Pass Downs is pleased to confirm our 2021 Spring Live racing dates:

May 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31

June 1, 7, 8, 21, 22, 28. 29 (June 14/15 -Dark)

July 4, 5, 6

Post time is 5:15 pm each day. Special post time July 4 will be 1:00 pm.

Following the current Josephine County Covid-19 risk level, we will be open to fans on live race days on a limited basis. We strongly recommend patrons purchase reservations online at We will have a small number of tickets available at the gate on a first come, first served basis. Due to the potential for fluctuations in Josephine County Covid-19 risk levels, we are unable to guarantee maximum capacity, week by week. The best way to ensure admission is to purchase your reservations in advance.

Purchasing your reservations online is simple! Choose your date, number of tickets required, make your payment, and simply check in with our admissions team at the gate on race day. No physical ticket required! 

We’re excited to welcome you back to Grants Pass Downs!


Located at the Josephine County Fairgrounds, Grants Pass Downs has hosted live pari-mutuel horse racing since 1968 and is now home to the largest race meet in the state of Oregon. More information about Grants Pass Downs can be found at

Grants Pass Downs is pleased to announce our 2021 Spring Live Racing dates.

Grants Pass, Ore. – Jan. 22, 2021 – Grants Pass Downs

Grants Pass Downs is pleased to announce our 2021 Spring Live Racing dates:

May 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31 June 1, 7, 8, 21, 22, 28. 29 July 4, 5, 6
(June 14/15 -Dark)

Post time is 5:15 pm each day. Race date July 4 will be at 1:00 pm post time.

Backside opens to horsemen on Friday, April 2, 2021. Training begins Monday, April 5.

Following Oregon state Covid-19 guidelines, we will be open to fans on live race days on a limited basis. As of the date of this post, maximum capacity on race days will be 250. Patrons will be able to purchase tickets online or at the gate on a first come, first served basis.

We’re excited to welcome you back to Grants Pass Downs!


Located at the Josephine County Fairgrounds, Grants Pass Downs has hosted live pari-mutuel horse racing since 1968 and is now home to the largest race meet in the state of Oregon. More information about Grants Pass Downs can be found at

Grants Pass Downs - New Job Opening

Grants Pass, Ore. – Jan. 13, 2021 – Grants Pass Downs

Grants Pass Downs is a fun and flexible startup company that is looking for an excellent communicator with great organizational skills and who is team oriented. This person should be a self-starter to be effective as a member of the team and in the role of Human Resources & Payroll Manager.  Grants Pass Downs is a horse racing track located at the Josephine County Fairgrounds in Grants Pass, OR. 

Job Overview

The Human Resources & Payroll Manager will utilize his or her broad experience in human resources and payroll to play a meaningful role in defining a strategic human resources and payroll plan for the company, will keep a pulse on employee relations, ensure practices are compliant with regulations, and coordinate the administering of services like onboarding, benefits, payroll, and training.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Develops and executes the organization’s human resources and talent strategy particularly as it relates to current and future talent needs, recruiting, retention, and succession planning.
  • Processes semi-monthly payroll, maintains, and updates payroll data, determines payroll liabilities, prepares and submits payroll reports, resolves payroll discrepancies, provides payroll information, and answers payroll questions.
  • Provides support and guidance to management, and other staff when complex, specialized, and sensitive questions and issues arise; may be required to administer and execute tasks and decisions in delicate circumstances such as providing reasonable accommodations, investigating allegations of wrongdoing, and terminations.
  • Conducts all aspects of employee relations, including employee relations counseling, and overseeing disciplinary meetings, investigations, terminations and exit interviews.
  • Maintains compliance with federal, state, and local employment and payroll laws and regulations and recommended best practices; reviews policies and practices to maintain compliance.

Education and Experience

The ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management, Business Administration, or related field.  They will have a minimum of 5 years’ experience in Human Resources management and will have experience in creating new policies and programs from scratch. 

Physical Requirements

Some lifting required (up to 20 pounds), continuous sitting, occasional standing and occasional walking. Finger dexterity while using computer. Frequent talking and hearing in person and on the telephone. The worker is required to have close visual acuity to perform activities such as: preparing and analyzing documents and data; viewing a computer terminal; and reading. 

The above is intended to describe the general content of and qualifications for the job. It is not an exhaustive statement of all functions, duties, or qualifications.

We offer a progressive salary and benefits package including immediate PTO accrual, Medical, Dental and Vision after 30 days, 401(k), professional growth opportunities plus an FSA plan and Life Insurance.  To apply, please send your resume to by 1/25/2021.

At Grants Pass Downs, we strive to create an inclusive workplace, where everyone feels like part of the family, without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.  Our customers come from all walks of life and so do we. We hire great people from a wide variety of backgrounds, not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because it makes our company stronger. Grants Pass Downs is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.  If you are an individual with a disability and require a reasonable accommodation to complete any part of the application process and need an alternative method, please call (541) 244-8751 or email


We look forward to hearing from you!


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Grants Pass Downs Concludes 2020 with Record-Breaking Fall Meet

Grants Pass, Ore. – Nov. 25, 2020 – Grants Pass Downs

Grants Pass Downs, Oregon’s premier horse racing track, capped its 2020 fall commercial meet on November 10 with a banner final week that saw more than $1.3 million wagered, including a record-shattering $868,632 on closing day. The meet, which featured 16 race dates and 144 races, boasted a daily average of $67,086 in purses and an average field size of 8.03 starters per race. It was Grants Pass Downs’ most successful commercial meet yet, with a total handle exceeding $6 million – a new record for the track.

Spotlighting several prominent races including the Grants Pass Mile, the Luckii Sprint Series, the Far West Quarter Horse Futurity, and the Autumn Quarter Horse Derby, the meet broke all major track records in spite of COVID restrictions limiting the number of spectators. 

The meet’s leading jockey was Joree Scriver (21 wins in 82 starts), followed by Jose A. Figueroa (17 wins in 116 starts). Quinn Howey took top honors as the meet’s leading trainer (12 wins in 46 starts) and owner (5 wins and 5 second place finishes).

“The success of this fall meet is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our staff, our strong partnerships with the Oregon Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association, Oregon Thoroughbred Owners & Breeders Association, Oregon Quarter Horse Racing Association, the Oregon Racing Commission and the dozens of horsemen and women who participated,” said Randy Evers, president of Grants Pass Downs. “We are ecstatic about the record-breaking numbers from our fall meet, breaking almost every metric we keep including a 386% increase in average race day wagers from our 2019 fall meet. We are focused on making further improvements to our facilities and investments in our communities. Our focus remains on building a safe and sustainable racing program to ensure Grants Pass Downs is here for years to come. Thank you all for an incredible season of racing and we are looking forward to starting back up in the spring of 2021.’”

Grants Pass Downs’ 2021 racing schedule is still being determined and evaluated in response to local and national conditions surrounding the pandemic. Fans can find the latest details on 2021 race dates, training schedules, terms, and information about fees and regulations, at


Located at the Josephine County Fairgrounds, Grants Pass Downs has hosted live pari-mutuel horse racing since 1968 and is now home to the largest race meet in the state of Oregon. More information about Grants Pass Downs can be found at

Media Contact:

Pete Johnson, Finn Partners

(503) 546-7880

The Flying Lark to Open Fall 2021, Bringing Games & Cheer to Grants Pass

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – Nov. 10, 2020, 9:00 am PDT – Grants Pass Downs

Gaming, entertainment and dining venue The Flying Lark is coming to Grants Pass in fall 2021. Founded by entrepreneur and Grants Pass native Travis Boersma as part of a larger effort to revitalize the horse racing industry in Oregon, The Flying Lark is a significant, long-term investment in the city of Grants Pass. It will create a meaningful number of jobs, bolster the local economy, and provide vital funding and stability to the equine industry throughout the region, including horse owners, trainers, veterinarians, jockeys, and a wide range of vendors and suppliers.

Located next to Grants Pass Downs at the southwest corner of the Josephine County Fairgrounds, The Flying Lark will boast a full-service family restaurant, a grab-and-go restaurant, a sports bar, a gaming bar, a state-of-the-art gaming floor, banquet facilities and art pieces by regional artists that celebrate the magic, power and beauty of horses. Its grab-and-go offering will include coffee drinks, sweets and small bites, and two of the dining areas will offer both indoor and outdoor seating to take advantage of Grants Pass’ famous climate. 

The establishment is named after local racing icon Don Jackson’s legendary Oregon thoroughbred who led the nation in wins for two years in the 1980s. A well-respected member of the Grants Pass community, Jackson was a long-time supporter of Grants Pass Downs. His passion for horse racing and dedication to developing interest in the sport significantly bolstered the horse racing industry in the state.   

The Flying Lark along with recent upgrades to Grants Pass Downs is part of a transformation of the Josephine County Fairgrounds into a year-round destination for Southern Oregon and Northern California. “We’re really looking forward to the impact The Flying Lark will make both economically and culturally to our local community and the state of Oregon,” said Boersma, CEO and founder of Grants Pass Downs and The Flying Lark. 

Horses have played a vital role in Oregon’s history and were present throughout the region before the arrival of the Lewis and Clark Expedition in the early 1800s. The Flying Lark will feature art installations, murals, sculptures and other storytelling elements that celebrate horses and their positive impact on the State of Oregon and its rich history.   


About The Flying Lark

The Flying Lark is Southern Oregon’s premiere gaming, entertainment and dining destination.  Escape with friends and family for a one-of-a-kind experience at an incredible facility that celebrates the magic and beauty of horses and the positive impact they’ve had on our communities. The Flying Lark, bringing games and cheer to Southern Oregon. For more information and for regular updates visit: 


Located at the Josephine County Fairgrounds, Grants Pass Downs has hosted live pari-mutuel horse racing since 1968 and is now home to the largest race meet in the state of Oregon. More information about Grants Pass Downs can be found at

Media Contact:

Pete Johnson, Finn Partners

(503) 546-7880

Grants Pass Downs Out of the Gate for Fall Meet

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – September 21, 2020Grants Pass Downs

Oregon’s premier horse racing track, kicks off its fall racing season today at 4:00 p.m. with an 8-race program. The highlight of the opening day card comes in the seventh race, the Applegate Stakes. The five-furlong event features a full field of 10 thoroughbreds competing for a purse of $13,000. Originally scheduled to begin September 14, the meet was delayed a week due to the hazardous air quality from Oregon’s historic wildfires. The Fall 2020 meet will now span eight weeks of racing across 16 dates – every Monday and Tuesday through November 10 – and pay out more than $1 million in total purses for an average of over $60,000 each racing day.

Other highlights of the meet includes the exclusive Luckii Sprint Series, a three-race event that will be held October 5, 19 and November 3 with a $15,000 added purse on the line, and the Oregon Thoroughbred Owners & Breeders Association (OTOBA)-sponsored Oregon Championship Day on November 2. OCD 2020 will feature a full day of Oregon-bred Stakes races. In total, 20 stakes races are scheduled during the fall meet – 16 thoroughbred and four quarter horse.

In accordance with recommendations from public health officials, COVID-19 protocols are once again in effect for the fall meet. A limited amount of fans will be permitted on-site on racing days, and are encouraged to purchase their tickets online via the Grants Pass Downs website to secure a seat in the grandstands. All spectators will need to check in at the front gate when they arrive so track staff can ensure attendance numbers are kept in compliance with health and safety regulations.  

“We’re beyond excited to be able to welcome a limited number of fans back into the grandstands this fall for live racing action, and look forward to building on a highly successful summer meet,” said Randy Evers, president of Grants Pass Downs. “Our team has worked incredibly hard to create a safe environment for fans, our athletes, the horsemen and staff, and we’re ready to kick off another outstanding season of racing.”

Fans unable to attend the meet in person are encouraged to watch and wager through TVG Network and other advance-deposit wagering (ADW) websites, as well as participating off-track betting locations around the state. A list of participating ADW sites is available on Grants Pass Downs’ website at


Located at the Josephine County Fairgrounds, Grants Pass Downs has hosted live pari-mutuel horse racing since 1968 and is now home to the largest race meet in the state of Oregon. More information about Grants Pass Downs can be found at

Media Contact:

Pete Johnson, Finn Partners

(503) 546-7880

Grants Pass Downs - Opening Weekend Cancellation Statement

Fall 2020 Meet – Smoke from Oregon Wildfires – Opening Weekend Cancellation Statement

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – Sept 13, 2020

“Due to the unhealthy air quality as a result of the smoke from the unprecedented fires in Oregon, we have made the decision to cancel opening week racing activities at Grants Pass Downs.

We are committed to protecting to the health and safety of our guests, human and equine athletes, community of horsemen and women, and Grants Pass Downs staff. Until the smoke from the fires decreases to a safe level, we will not conduct training nor racing.

Our hearts are with the members of our community who have been impacted by these historic fires, and our sincere gratitude goes out to the firefighters battling the blazes and first responders working to keep our communities safe.”

– Randy Evers, President, Grants Pass Downs

Grants Pass Downs Announces Fall 2020 Race Meet Dates

Oregon’s premier horse racing track to host 18 race dates from Sept. 14 through Nov. 10

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – Aug 28, 2020Grants Pass Downs, Oregon’s premier horse racing track, has announced dates for its Fall 2020 Race Meet, with opening day set for Monday, September 14. The meet will feature 18 dates, with race days scheduled every Monday and Tuesday through November 10. Building on the momentum of Grants Pass Downs’ successful summer racing season, the total purses for the Fall Meet will exceed $1 million at an average of $60,000 per race day. First post each day will be at 4 p.m. PST. The track will officially open for training on August 31.


To ensure the health and safety of all participants during the meet, COVID procedures and protocols will be in effect. All Grants Pass Downs employees will be required to wear a mask or facial covering, and masks will be strongly encouraged for everyone on premises. There will also be a 200-person limit on the number of patrons admitted on racing days.


In advance of the summer meet, Grants Pass Downs made key adjustments to ensure racing operations could be conducted with public safety top of mind, and it will continue to prioritize the protocols recommended by the CDC and Oregon public health officials. Physical spaces have been adjusted to promote social distancing standards, hand sanitizers are readily available throughout the facility, and staff will conduct temperature checks and COVID screening for attendees.


“Grants Pass Downs is building on a successful Summer Meet, and we look forward to continued growth this fall,” said Randy Evers, president of Grants Pass Downs. “Our teams have been focused on improving our facilities to ensure our fall racing program runs safely and efficiently for all our horsemen, spectators and horses. We’re ready and excited to host another outstanding season of racing.”


Grants Pass Downs welcomes Luckii, which will sponsor this fall’s Sprint Series. The Sprint Series will consist of three races, to be held October 5, 19 and November 3, and will feature three-year olds and upward with $15,000 in added purse money on the line.


Veteran race caller Jason Beem is set to return as track announcer for all 18 fall dates. Racing fans will be able to hear him and tune into the simulcast of each race at ten off-track betting locations around Oregon, as well as connect and play through TVG Network and other advance-deposit wagering (ADW) websites. A list of participating ADW sites is available on Grants Pass Downs’ website at

Grants Pass Downs Reports Record-Setting Summer Meet

Track overcame COVID-19 related challenges and crowd-size restrictions thanks to robust online betting and expanded national television exposure

Grants Pass, Ore. – July. 29, 2020  Grants Pass Downs, Oregon’s premier horse racing track, concluded its second commercial meet on July 8, following a four-week run of Tuesday and Wednesday racing. The summer meet, which began June 16, carded 78 races over nine dates and handled a total of $2,235,303, nearly quadruple the total amount from last year’s non-commercial summer meet. The meet saw a dramatic jump in online and off-track betting, with nearly 94% of the meet’s handle being driven by off-site betting – representing an astounding 859% increase from last summer’s meet.

The horsemen and horsewomen received $619,511 in purse money on the season at an average of $68,835 per race day and $7,942 per race. Compared to summer 2019, average race day purses saw an increase of $38,863 – up 130%. Additionally, the track’s field size jumped to an average 7.94 horses per race over last summer’s 5.34 horses per race.

“This record-breaking meet shows that racing is alive and well in spite of COVID-19, and our success is a testament to the hard work put in by track staff, operations and facilities teams and the wonderful community of horsemen and women whose efforts made the meet possible,” said Randy Evers, President of Grants Pass Downs. “We are proud to be one of the few live sporting events on television while supporting the local Grants Pass economy.”

Once again, the meet’s leading jockey was Kassie Guglielmino with 14 wins in 58 starts. Guglielmino, who also finished the 2019 fall commercial meet as Grants Pass Downs’ top jockey, was followed by Taylor E. Smith (11 wins in 50 starts). Jorge Rosales was the meet’s leading trainer with 12 wins and ten second place finishes in 37 starts, and Marjorie Avery finished atop the owner rankings with five wins and six second place finishes in 16 starts.

The meet’s record handles were achieved despite limited crowd sizes. In response to the pandemic, Grants Pass Downs complied with the Governor’s order to limit the number of nonessential people on site at 250 on racing days during the summer meet. It also made significant operational changes to align with guidance from the CDC and Oregon public health officials to ensure the safety of staff, participating horsemen, athletes, and stakeholders. Dates for the upcoming fall race meet will be announced soon.

For questions about meet details, terms, training schedules, or fees and regulations, please visit

Grants Pass Downs rides into summer meet

Oregon’s premier horse racing track gears up to resume commercial racing this week

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – June 15, 2020  Grants Pass Downs will kick off its summer racing season tomorrow, Tuesday, June 16. The 8-race opening day program will feature the Shady Cove Stakes, with a full field of 10 thoroughbreds competing for a purse of $12,000 at a distance of five furlongs. The meet will boast more than 80 races scheduled over nine dates – June 16, 17, 23, 24, 30 and July 1, 6, 7 and 8 – with $60,000 available in purses each day. Post time is set for 4:00 p.m.

Lighting was installed this spring to facilitate twilight racing, and the track was widened to support bigger fields. Thanks to a grant from the Oregon Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (OTOBA), Grants Pass Downs was also able to complete a number of other safety-focused projects including the installation of a new retaining wall, fencing, breakaway distance markers and additional sand to improve the track surface. The stall area was also expanded to accommodate up to 450 horses to meet growing demand. Those stalls are now nearly full as hundreds of horsemen and women from around Oregon and across the West have come to Grants Pass to participate in the meet.

“The uncertainty of these times hasn’t dampened any of the enthusiasm we’ve felt from our partners in the racing community since commercial racing came to Grants Pass last year,” said John Everly, racing secretary at Grants Pass Downs. “Demand remains very high, and even with the addition of more stalls in the barn area and fields expanding from eight to 10 horses with the widened track and an expanded starting gate, races should be pretty full throughout the meet.”

In accordance with current Oregon state health guidelines amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the meet will be held without fans in attendance. Racing fans unable to attend due to the current public health guidelines are encouraged to watch and wager at and other advance-deposit wagering (ADW) websites, as well as at participating off-track betting (OTB) locations around the state. Grants Pass Downs has also expanded its wagering menu and will offer two new bets during the Summer Meet—a fifty cent Jackpot Pick Five with a $5,000 guaranteed pool and a 15% takeout rate, and a one dollar early Pick Four. For a list of participating ADW sites and OTB locations, visit

“The health and safety of our athletes, staff, partners and guests is our highest priority, and we have put new protocols in place to ensure a safe, fun environment for all as we resume racing operations,” said Rod Lowe, director of racing and chief operating officer at Grants Pass Downs. “We’ll be encouraging the use of masks or face coverings by all guests. Additionally, hand sanitizer stations have been set up in high traffic areas throughout the premises, and social distancing reminders – like signage and floor markings – have been posted throughout the premises.”

Grants Pass Downs will allow a maximum of 250 nonessential people on site on racing days, including owners and their guests, sponsors and corporate partners, and members of the media.

Grants Pass Downs Names Jason Beem as Track Announcer for 2020 Racing Dates

Oregon’s premier horse racing track hires seasoned race caller for summer and fall commercial meets GRANTS PASS, Ore. – June 8, 2020 – Grants Pass Downs has named veteran race caller Jason Beem as track announcer for its 2020 commercial race meets. Beem will call all nine days of summer racing, beginning Tuesday, June 16 through closing day, Wednesday, July 8, as well as the track’s fall meet. Final dates for fall racing have yet to be determined. A seasoned track announcer, social media personality, podcast host and author, Beem brings over 15 years of experience calling races to Grants Pass Downs. He has experience calling meets around the country, at Colonial Downs, Louisiana Downs, Monmouth Park, Portland Meadows and River Downs, among others. He hosts a daily horse racing podcast called The Jason Beem Horse Racing Podcast, and is known for his annual “Beemie Awards,” held each December to celebrate the best moments in horse racing social media. “We are excited to add Jason’s talent and vast experience in horse racing to the upcoming summer meet,” said Randy Evers, president of Grants Pass Downs. “His infectious enthusiasm for our sport is the perfect fit for calling our races, and he is certain to inject an extra wow factor in an unusual time. Our summer race dates will be held without spectators to maintain health and safety during the pandemic, but we are confident that Jason’s unique voice will help accurately reflect the excitement we’ve felt from the Grants Pass community.” Beem, a Pacific Northwest native who grew up attending races at Longacres and Portland Meadows, is eager to lend his talents to the track for the first commercial races in Oregon this year. “I’m honored to join the team at Grants Pass Downs as they continue to build on Oregon’s long and storied horse racing legacy,” said Beem. “The leadership and staff at Grants Pass Downs are doing an excellent job driving the next era of horse racing in the state while keeping hundreds of horsemen and women at work in Southern Oregon. I consider Oregon a second home and am thrilled to be a part of this team for the summer and fall meets.” The summer race meet at Grants Pass Downs will kick off without spectators on Tuesday, June 16. Post time is set for 4 p.m. each day. Races will be available for spectators to watch and wager on TVG Network and other advance deposit wagering sites, and carried by Oregon’s off track betting sites. A full list of participating ADW sites and open off track betting sites are available on the Wagering page.
Jason Beem

Photo Credit: Penelope Miller

Condition Book Now Available

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – May 27, 2020  ATTN: HORSEMEN! Our condition book is live on the website for downloading. Please visit 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 to Begin Racing June 16th

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, 2020 – Grants 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

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

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

-Randy Evers, President of Grants Pass Downs

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