Emerald Downs Will Add Three Days To 2024 Season; 55 Race Days Begin May 4 by Vince Bruun|11.16.2023|3:45pm Emerald Downs in Auburn, Wash. Emerald Downs has announced a 55-day live racing season in 2024—opening May 4 and finishing Sept. 15—an increase of three days from the last two seasons which each featured 52 days of racing. Opening Day, Saturday, May 4, coincides with the 150th running of the Kentucky Derby, with post time 1:30 p.m. In fact, all weekend post times have been moved up a half-hour to 1:30 p.m. for 2024. The 55-day meeting is composed of 20 Saturdays, 19 Sundays, 15 Fridays, and one Wednesday. Friday racing begins May 31, and features 7 p.m. post time. The annual Fireworks Spectacular is Wednesday, July 3, with a special 5 p.m. post. The 2024 season—the 29th at Emerald Downs—features the 89th running of the Longacres Mile. The stakes schedule will be released in December.