• 1212 South King Street, Seattle, WA 98144
  • (206) 322-1122
  • info@nvcfoundation.org

Thoroughbred horse racing, also known as the “Sport of Kings” has been part of the State of Washington’s sports history since 1872 when the very first racecourse opened in Seattle.  In subsequent years, there have been horse racetracks that have opened and closed throughout Washington State.  Racetracks such as Spokane Racetrack (1901), Longacres Racetrack in Renton (1933), Playfair in Spokane (1935), Yakima Meadows (1961) and Emerald Downs in Auburn, WA (1996).   Today, Emerald Downs is the only “live” horse racing venue available to the public. 

On June 2, 2024, members from the Seattle Nisei Veterans Committee, NVC Foundation, the Japan Business Association of Seattle (JBA) and representatives from the Japanese Consulate in Seattle and Rising Star Stables, gathered at the Emerald Downs Racetrack.  Although the weather was less than ideal, everyone seemed to enjoy the atmosphere of exciting horse racing action, wagering and camaraderie.   The buffet meal wasn’t bad either!  

A special thank you to Emerald Downs personnel for making our day an enjoyable experience!

Plans are already underway for next year’s outing and for those of you that were not able to attend this year’s event, that’s okay…. there is always next year.  Watch for a “Save the Date” notice for next year’s event and I hope to see you there!