Longacres

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A 1936 or 1937 view looking NNW at Longacres Clubhouse on left and Grandstand in center. Broadcast room (observation tower) atop grandstand is same as when built in 1933. On right in distance is the bleacher section that later evolved into the Second Grandstand.

Longacres was a racetrack in the northwest United States, located in Renton, Washington, a suburb southeast of Seattle. From 1933 to 1992, it was the home of thoroughbred racing in western Washington and was the longest continually operated track on the West Coast. Longacres was the first racetrack on the coast based on parimutuel betting. The land was sold to the Boeing Company in 1990,[1] and the track closed 26 years ago in September 1992.

In 1943, during World War II, the racetrack's infield was temporarily used as an artillery barracks.[2]

The track was located just east of Tukwila, immediately south of I-405, midway between I-5 and Highway 167.

After a three-year absence, the new Emerald Downs in Auburn opened in 1996 as the new home of horse racing in western Washington. It currently hosts the Longacres Mile Handicap, a race first run in 1935. From 1993–95, the race was run at Yakima Meadows racetrack in Yakima.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Weaver, Dan (September 28, 1990). "Sale of Longacres stuns race industry". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). p. C1. 
  2. ^ Rockne, Dick (16 June 1996). "The History Of Horse Racing In Sound Area". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 2018-02-11. 

Coordinates: 47°27′39″N 122°14′13″W / 47.46083°N 122.23694°W / 47.46083; -122.23694