Grants Pass Downs Showing Revenue Loss

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – For the second year in a row the Grants Pass Fairgrounds has lost money with its horse-racing event. The Grants Pass Downs lost close to $42,000 this season and Josephine County Commissioners are now reconsidering if horse-racing should continue or not in the future.

Commissioner Don Reedy told NewsWatch12 the county is having to return some money to the state, but just like last year, the expenses exceeded the profits. Commissioner Reedy said he’s not sure if the construction work on the racing tracks last year was included in this year’s loss. He believes the economy and a lack of interest are to blame.

Commissioner Reedy says it’s not just Josephine County but other horse-racing tracks across Oregon are also struggling. The fair board plans to meet next month to continue the discussion and after that a recommendation will be made to the board of commissioners.