Fairgrounds Hoping To Ride Momentum

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — While horses lined the gates, horse racing fans lined the ticket window at Grants Pass Downs in what was a sharp increase compared to 2012. More than 21,000 attended Grants Pass Downs this season despite having two fewer races per day. Josephine County Fairgrounds officials hope this is a sign things … Continue reading »

GP Downs Closes Successful Season

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – The Southern Oregon Horse Racing Association faced an uphill battle in restoring Grants Pass Downs to its glory days. For several years the race track was losing significant money, thereby endangering its future. With the season concluding on Sunday, SOHRA director Rod Lowe says 2013 was a success. SOHRA reported a … Continue reading »

New Ownership at Grants Pass Downs

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – The Grants Pass Downs is off and running, continuing a Josephine County tradition that dates as far back as the 1920′s, but two lackluster seasons left Southern Oregon race fans wondering whether the show would go on. The downhill trend started in 2011 when the county ran the race tracks, but … Continue reading »

Future of Grants Pass Downs Discussed

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The future of horse racing in Grants Pass is becoming clearer. The Southern Oregon Horse Racing Association reportedly wants to take control of the Grants Pass Downs from the Josephine County Fair Board. The private organization would be taking on a longtime tradition that’s recently been facing budget problems. According to … Continue reading »

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 … Continue reading »