Portland Meadows' 2012-13 Racing License application approved; Summer Racing Starts July 15, 2012
Portland Meadows received Oregon Racing Commission approval of their application for the 2012-13 license that will usher in a new era at Portland Meadows. Live Racing will commence on Sunday July 15, 2012 and will continue until closing day on Saturday December 8, 2012. Portland Meadows has traditionally run from early October to March or April, so the new license sees a dramatic shift in scheduling that will also include weekend and night racing every week.
“We are very excited to be entering this new era and are thankful for the support of the entire horse racing industry in Oregon in particular the Horsepeople and the Oregon Racing Commission” said General Manager William Alempijevic.
“Without the support of our partners in racing, summer and fall racing would not have been possible. Our collective goal of having live racing when the weather is at its best and by running on nights and weekends is to reinvigorate the local and statewide market by introducing people to the wonderful sport of horse racing.”
The Summer Meet will feature racing conducted on a Wednesday, Friday and Sunday schedule in July, August and September. Racing on Wednesdays and Fridays will feature an evening post time of 6:00 PM (pacific). Sunday will be a matinee card with post time at 1:00 PM.
The Fall Meet will begin on October 3, 2012 and racing will shift to a Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday schedule with post time each day at 1:00 PM, up until closing day on Saturday December 8, 2012.
There will also be a special day of live racing on Monday September 3rd, the Labor Day holiday. Labor Day racing will feature a 1:00 PM post time.
There will be no live racing at Portland Meadows on August 8, August 10, September 7, and September 9 to accommodate live racing at the Tillamook County Fair and Harney County Fair meets.
The daily purse distribution will be approximately $40,000 per day for the 2012 Summer and Fall Meets and the highlight of the yet to be finalized stakes schedule will be the 47th running of the Portland Mile.
The 2012 Live Racing Calendar with all of the live race dates, special events, promotions and stakes races dates can be found here: http://www.portlandmeadows.com/events/calendar/2012
To view the entire 2012 calendar year of racing days at Portland Meadows