The great pioneer Don Jackson ventured out to cultivate interest in horse racing in Oregon fifty years ago. His horse, Flying Lark, topped the nation, winning for two years in the 1980s and earned accolades for many years after. It is his efforts how and why the Grant Pass existed until today.
Moreover, it is the only venue approved by the Oregon Racing Commission to host live commercial horse races in the state. Then on November 4, 2019, the track concluded its first commercial race meet.
It is located at the Josephine County Fairgrounds, which has hosted live pari-mutuel horse racing since 1968, also now the home of the largest race meets in the state of Oregon and home of the Firecracker Futurity for Quarter Horses. Its corporate name is Southern Oregon Horse Racing Association Facility.
The grandstand can accommodate up to 2,500 seating. The parking is free on the (east) fairgrounds side of the grandstand. However, the adult admission costs $4.00, while children 12 years old and under are free if with an adult guardian. The program costs $4.00 each. No pets are allowed on the grounds, except for the licensed handicapped service dogs.