To ensure the health and safety of all participants during the meet, COVID procedures and protocols will be in effect. All Grants Pass Downs employees will be required to wear a mask or facial covering, and masks will be strongly encouraged for everyone on premises. There will also be a 200-person limit on the number of patrons admitted on racing days.
In advance of the summer meet, the venue made key adjustments to ensure racing operations could be conducted with public safety top of mind, and it will continue to prioritize the protocols recommended by the CDC and Oregon public health officials.
Physical spaces have been adjusted to promote social distancing standards, hand sanitizers are readily available throughout the facility, and staff will conduct temperature checks and COVID screening for attendees.
“Grants Pass Downs is building on a successful Summer Meet, and we look forward to continued growth this fall,” said Randy Evers, president of Grants Pass Downs. “Our teams have been focused on improving our facilities to ensure our fall racing program runs safely and efficiently for all our horsemen, spectators and horses. We’re ready and excited to host another outstanding season of racing.”
Sponsoring this fall’s Sprint Series is Luckii, the Oregon-licensed pari-mutuel sports wagering site. The Luckii.com Sprint Series will consist of three races to be held October 5, 19 and November 3, and will feature three-year-olds and upward with $15,000 in added purse money on the line.
Veteran race caller Jason Beem is set to return as track announcer for all 18 fall dates. Racing fans will be able to hear him and tune into the simulcast of each race at 10 off-track betting locations around Oregon, as well as connect and play through TVG Network and other advance-deposit wagering (ADW) websites.