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 »

Donation for Josephine Co. Fairgrounds

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The struggling Josephine County Fairgrounds is getting a big boost from the Southern Oregon Horse Racing Association. On Friday, a $20,000 check was handed over to the fairgrounds to help with the current fundraising campaign. It was just a year ago that the Grants Pass Downs was struggling, but this year … 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 »