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Emerald Downs in Auburn will open its 75-day live racing meet on Saturday, April 12, it was announced Monday, a change from the traditional Friday night opener.

The racetrack will have live racing Saturdays and Sundays through April, then add Friday night racing beginning in May. The elimination of Fridays in April should help with field size at a time of the year when the horse population at the track is not at its peak.

The meet will conclude Sept. 28.

The 2014 stakes schedule will be released in February.

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Emerald Downs opens for training Feb. 1, allowing horses more than 10 weeks to prepare for the season.


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From sports-information reports.

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