Kids to get toy surprise at GP Downs

Grants Pass Downs will run three stakes races for three different breeds in conjunction with Kids Day on Saturday.

The first 250 children will receive a toy surprise courtesy of Children will also be invited to enter their name in a raffle, featuring a grand prize of a jumbo stuffed toy horse. The raffle will be held after the eighth race.

"We believe it is important to help inspire a love of horse racing in youngsters," said Michael Thompson, Web master. "You have to make a day at the races a fun occasion, and we appreciate the opportunity to contribute to future racing fans in Grants Pass."

Toys will be suitable for ages 5-and-up and some will be suitable for ages as young as 3. Prizes will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Gates open at 11 a.m. and post time for the first of 10 races is 12:30 p.m.

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