Emerald Downs will offer 75 live racing programs this year from April 12-Sept. 28.
Officials at the Washington racetrack said Friday racing in April has been dropped to help fill the entry box "at a time of the year when the horse population is not yet in full swing." Emerald Downs will race Saturdays and Sundays in April, with Friday racing slated to begin May 2.
First post time remains at 6:45 p.m. PDT Fridays and 2 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. Exceptions are a 1 p.m. start May 3 and a 4:30 p.m. first post July 3.
The 2014 stakes schedule, which will include the 79th Longacres Mile (gr. III), will be released in February. Emerald Downs opens for training Feb. 1.