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Muckleshoot Tribe agrees to continue Economic Contribution to purses at Emerald Downs


February 6, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!


The Muckleshoot Tribal Council at a meeting last Friday confirmed that the Tribe will continue to partner with Emerald Downs in 2006. The Council approved continuing the relationship with Emerald Downs by providing a supplement directly to purses. Purses are the money for which the horses, owners and trainers compete in each race at the track.

"Due to the commitment from the Muckleshoot Tribe Emerald Downs can assume that we can at least maintain the record setting $108,175 daily average purse structure that we experienced during the 2005 live racing meet," said Track President Ron Crockett.

The partnership began in August of 2004 with an announcement of a purse enhancement that projected daily average purses for the 2005 meet to be $106,000 per day. "The response to the enhancement generated considerable interest amongst horsemen," commented MaryAnn O'Connell Executive Secretary of the Washington HBPA. "It stimulated the economy in many ways including additional horse purchases, attracting more participants, and attention to the racing at Emerald Downs."

The 2005 meeting was the most successful in the track's tenure. Emerald Downs is headed into its 10th Anniversary season beginning on April 21st and is expected to continue the success of last year's meeting.

"The council recognizes the economic contribution that thoroughbred racing at Emerald Downs provides to the State and the local community," said Tribal Council Chair John Daniels, Jr.

The thoroughbred racing industry contributes over $330 Million annually to the Washington economy and thousands of jobs both at the track and in supporting businesses.