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 »

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 »