A Day to Remember at Portland Meadows
When starter Harold Kent hit the button on the starting gate at 1:45pm on Sunday, the gates flew open and the 2013/14 season at Portland Meadows was underway. The crowd roared as nine Quarter Horses came flying down the home stretch, with Picture Me Rolln and Ruben Camacho grabbing the win in the season opener.
Thousands of racing fans poured into Portland Meadows and watched the eight race card under a brilliant Summer sun. Ladies competed in a hat contest, live music played from the Beer-B-Q tent, and every thirty minutes, all attention was focused on the track as the equine athletes and jockeys competed.
On the track, Lorenzo Lopez made his presence known as he swept races three through five, putting himself atop the rider’s standings after the first day.
Gamblers sent their money through the windows, as on track handle was $93,234, up 44.49% from last year’s opening day. All sources handle was $417, 231, up an incredible 92.14% from last year’s opening day. Those handle increases were also with eight races, compared to nine that were run last year.
“Unbelievable,” was the only word General Manager William Alempijevic could come up with after the races. “The crowd, the races, the excitement, it was just unbelievable. I’ve never been part of an atmosphere like this at Portland Meadows.”
Portland Meadows will resume live racing on Sunday July 28th at 1:45pm (Pacific).