Southern Oregon Horse Racing Association supports live horse racing throughout our local region and the state of Oregon. SOHRA is a non-profit organization passionately committed to the continuation of horse racing in Oregon. Join us as we host the 2023 Summer race meet at Grants Pass Downs!
Support the continuation of live horse racing in Southern Oregon by becoming a member of SOHRA! We host the summer race meets each June/July. You'll be invited to our monthly meetings, receive email updates and have the opportunity to volunteer during our race meet. All members receive free passes to the races as a special bonus! Membership is just $10.00 per year for an individual and $15.00 for families.
The Grants Pass Downs story began in 1934, when we held our first race meet during the annual county fair. In the 1950’s, visionary Don Jackson formed the Southern Oregon Horse Racing Association.
In 1969, Jackson acquired a colt named Flying Lark, who would become his prized horse and the inspiration for improvements to the half-mile track and its surrounding land. In the 1980s, the talented Flying Lark piqued the curiosity of the horse racing world, leading the nation in wins for two years and putting Grants Pass Downs on the map.
After his racing days were over, Jackson brought Flying Lark to his ranch in Grants Pass. The horse ultimately would become one of Oregon’s most famous stallions. Jackson’s undying commitment to cultivating a racing legacy in Southern Oregon created the foundation for Grants Pass Downs’ present and future success.