A comprehensive renovation of the track, facility and grandstand is underway.


An upgrade of the track surface for improved racing conditions

A redesign of the grandstand

A new tote board

The addition of lighting to support nighttime racing activities

Implementation of a new safety rail

Widening of the racetrack and new 10 horse starting gate

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 and Flying Lark

On March 27, 2019, the Oregon Racing Commission (ORC) approved a 3-year application from Grants Pass Downs to host commercial horse races, and approved simulcasting rights for off track betting operations throughout the state. Following the closure of Portland Meadows, Grants Pass Downs is now the only entity approved by the ORC to host live commercial racing in Oregon.

Images: Vince and Linda Williams / Charlotte Angin