Successful Season of Horse Racing

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — It was a big weekend for the Josephine County Fairgrounds. Not only was it Fourth of July weekend, but it was also the final weekend of the Grants Pass Downs. Saturday the track celebrated with a series of horse races paying tribute to Don Jackson, a legend and founding father of … Continue reading »

Futurity Highlights Racing at GP Downs

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — July 4th is always the peak of the horse racing season at Grants Pass Downs. It’s usually the most attended day and the day with the biggest handle. One of the main reasons why is the Firecracker Futurity, the biggest race of the year. The purse is more than $31,000 with … Continue reading »

Jockeys, Trainers, Eye Futurity Title

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Certain sports are associated with certain holidays and for horse racing fans in Southern Oregon, the Fourth of July means it’s time for the Firecracker Futurity, the biggest race of the summer. The 350 yard quarter horse dash has the biggest purse of the summer, more than $31,000, with more than … Continue reading »

Local Family Revels in Home Track

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – Emilio Guerrero is the owner of El Patron Restaurant in Grants Pass. He is also the owner of horses. Plus, he trains them, and his brother Jose rides them. On Sunday, the Guerrero brothers combined for two wins at the Grants Pass Downs. Afterwards, Emilio spoke about the pressure of competing … Continue reading »

Amateur Athlete: Kassie Guglielmino

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The finish line is just a spot on a track, but crossing that line is something Kassie Guglielmino is very accustomed to. “A rush,” Guglielmino said . “I don’t really know how else to say it. It’s like a rush.” Guglielmino continues to seek out that rush. The self-described adrenaline junkie … Continue reading »

Horse Racing Begins This Weekend

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — This weekend, horse racing returns to the Josephine County Fairgrounds as Grants Pass Downs will host the first of four horse racing weekends. The mood at Grants Pass Downs is much better than it was this time last year. After losing more than $68,000 in 2012, the Southern Oregon Horse Racing … Continue reading »

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 »

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