Live Racing - Opening Day - 1:45 PM Post TIme
Today is Opening Day of the 2013/14 live race meet!
In a change from last year, post time (when the first race of the day begins) is now 1:45 PM. Please keep in mind that gates open up at 9:00 AM for our customers that want to bet races from other tracks across North America. Portland Meadows will host eight different races during the day with the last race going off at approximately 5:30 PM.
As always, there is no charge for parking or general admission at the track! We would rather you save your money and have fun placing a couple of bets and trying our great food and drink.
New Cocktail Menu
Talking about drinks, Portland Meadows has teamed up with tender BAR to create an all new cocktail list. tender BAR was at our opening day celebration for our inaugural summer meet in 2012 and the lines to get a drink from Lydia were long and justifiably so; the drinks are that good! This year, the drinks will be available at all our bars, year round. You’ll definitely want to try them out!
Come Dressed to Impress
Opening Day at Portland Meadows is just like Kentucky Derby Day at any racetrack. Fans come dressed to impress! Last year, Portland Monthly Magazine was at our Opening Day and you can see some of the festive outfits our customers wore by clicking HERE.
Goorin Bros Onsite & Ladies Hat Contest
For the ladies, Goorin Bros. will be hosting a hat contest. Imagine getting a prize just because you look fly!
There is no cost to enter and you simply need to visit their table in the main entrance by 4:00 PM to enter.
The prizes offered are as follows:
- 1st place - $100 gift certificate to the shop on NW 23rd
- 2nd place - $75 gift certificate
- 3rd place - $50 gift certificate
Winners will be announced via loudspeaker and on our TV displays at 5:00 PM
If you don’t come prepared with a snazzy hat, Goorin Bros. will be retailing their merchandise at Portland Meadows from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM.
Rich’s Cigars will be on hand selling an assortment of premium hand rolled cigars. Handsome Aaron is our cigar guru and if you are a novice cigar smoker please ask him to recommend a stick just for you. He will have mild to strong cigars, ranging from small to large sizes, and at various price points. He will cut the cigar and light it for you too. A true gentleman!
People have been cornholing at the track for a few years now and they always seem to have a lot of fun. But it isn’t just for fun. You can win up to a $100 betting voucher just for getting four bags in a hole! $10 for one, $20 for two, and $50 for three.
There is no cost to enter but we do recommend a small donation for charity. There is a limit of one play per person.
Weather permitting, the game will be played adjacent to the Beer-B-Q Tent and will be offer from 1:30 to 5:30 PM.
Opening Day Craft Beer Festival
The best way to celebrate Opening Day is with a local craft beer! From 1:00 to 6:00 in the Beer-B-Q Tent the following great local breweries will be on hand. It will be a great way to sample something new or grab an old favorite.
- Full Sail Brewing Co.
- HUB (Hopworks Urban Brewery)
- Deschutes Brewery
- Portland Brewing
- Breakside Brewery
If Good Beer Doesn't Tickle Your Fancy ... Sample Indio Spirits
Vodka. Whisky. Gin. Rum. Local distiller Indio Spirits will be sampling their beverages in the Beer-B-Q Tent for customers of legal age.
I’m Feeling Lucky As Helles!
Today is the launch at Portland Meadows of Breakside Brewery’s Bavarian-style lager “Lucky As Helles.” The beer was named in partnership with Portland Meadows and features artwork of from our current advertising campaign!
This beer is a perfect accompaniment to Opening Day at Portland Meadows and every race day for that matter since It’s Always Your Lucky Day at Portland Meadows. Lucky As Helles will be available at all locations throughout the racing season while supplies last.
Kung Pao Chickens
Perennial fan favorites - the Kung Pao Chickens - will be rocking the Beer-B-Q Tent from 3:00 to 5:30 PM so come prepared to do a little dance in addition to your victory dance after you cash some winning tickets.
HorsePlay - Kids Zone
Our kids zone on the second floor Club House level will be open on Sundays again this year. Get your child's face painted (yours too?) and get a balloon animal and just hang out and have fun sitting on straw! Your kids will love it.
750 AM The Game - Live Broadcast
Bernie Bokyny from all sports radio station 750 AM The Game will be broadcasting live at the track from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. The broadcast will take place on the main floor of the grandstand near. Stop by and say hi.
The fine folks from HappyMatic Photo Booth will be at the track to provide fun and funny photographic memories of you on our big day.
Best of all - The horses!
And don’t forget that all of these events are ancillary to the stars of the show – the beautiful horses and the people behind them. No matter where you grab a seat or where you are standing you shouldn’t miss a single race. There is nothing like seeing and hearing the horses run through the stretch!