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Optimism High for Fall GPD Competition – Medford News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News

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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.”

Optimism high for GPD fall meet – Medford News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News 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.

– Installing a new state-of-the-art safety rail to ensure the welfare of riders and horses and raise the standard of the meet. – Adding a new chute making possible six-furlong thoroughbred races and 440-yard quarter horse races.

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

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

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

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