Emerald Downs opened just twenty years ago in June of 1996. It's predecessor, Longacres, had been the longest continually operated track on the west coast. The Muckelshoot Indian tribe bought the land , then the building and facilities in 2015.
The Kentucky Derby had been the day before anomy brother thought "Hangover Day" would be relatively empty. Wrong. It's one of the most popular days of the year, and despite the weather being cool and cloudy, moms were in abundance.
The picnic tables near the paddock and right next to the track are a fun way for families to enjoy the horses and save a little cash for betting.
I got a chance to chat with Dan Harrington, the track bugler, a classy dude dressed in navy blue tails, black leather riding boots and top hat. When asked how he came by his position, "Well, I'm just a trumpeter." His 15 year pin hinted of a different story.
Winnings of the day: $1.60 (minus my entry fee), but way ahead with a fun experience.