Emerald Downs to Open 2013 Season April 19

Emerald Downs has announced a 75-day live racing season for 2013, beginning April 19 and closing Sept. 29.

The 2013 dates were approved Feb. 8 at the Washington Horse Racing Commission's monthly meeting.

Live racing will be held every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, with holiday racing Memorial Day, May 27, Independence Day,  July 4, and Labor Day, Sept. 3. Fireworks will follow the races on Wednesday, July 3.

Post times are 6:45 p.m. Fridays and 2 p.m. weekends and holidays.

The 78th running of the Longacres Mile (gr. III) is set for Sunday, Aug. 18. The complete stakes schedule will be announced later this month.

The stable area has opened, allowing horses more than 10 weeks to prepare for the 2013 season.

The 2013 meeting marks the 18th season of live racing at Emerald Downs. The facility welcomes more than 400,000 visitors a year, and employs 240 people during non-racing season and 460 during live racing months.

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