Excitement in the air

There’s something to be said about the excitement that is evident when you are at the races. Could it be the sound of the pounding hoofs racing around the track? Is it the thrill of winning a long-shot bet? Is it the competitive enthusiasm of the  highly skilled riders that are maneuvering their way to be first across the finish line? Is it your time to be a winner? At Grants Pass Downs, we believe the “excitement in the air” is for all of these reasons. The track, the crowd, the horses, and the pride you see when one of these athletes is standing in the winners circle!



Established in 1960, Southern Oregon Horse Racing Association (SOHRA) was formed and has brought years of tradition to Grants Pass Downs. The association is a non-profit organization that organizes and manages the live race meet at Grants Pass Downs. It is part of the summer racing schedule on the Oregon Fair Circuit. Grants Pass Downs is the second largest race meet in Oregon second only to Portland Meadows. From  start to finish, each season brings in an average of over three million dollars into the local economy. Thousands out of town visitors and a daily average of over 2,700 fans visit the facility.


Don Jackson, one of the most prominent figures for more than 50 years at Grants Pass Downs, was a pioneer in developing the interest of horse racing in Southern Oregon. Don Jackson’s racehorse “Flying Lark” led the nation in wins for two years in the 1980s and earned accolades for many years after. As a honorary tribute to Don, the track at Grants Pass Downs was named after him becoming the “Don Jackson Racing Facility”  which is located at the Josephine County Fairgrounds.

Don Jackson with Flying Lark


2018 Racing on the Rogue:

June 16, 17, 23, 24, 30

July 1, 4, 8, 9


Grants Pass Downs

Don Jackson Racing Facility

Josephine County Fairgrounds


Gates open at 11:30 AM

1st Race Post Time 1:00 PM


Admission $4.00

Parking is free

Don Jackson with Flying Lark