Racing News

What's New at the Track plus Opening Day

A new logo and branding, a fresh coat of paint on the building, many new amenities, and of course, a new racing schedule all add up to make Portland Meadows the place to be in Portland this summer.

Long considered a winter time race track, Portland Meadows kicks off our inaugural summer race meet on Sunday July 15, 2012 with a nine race card beginning at 1:00 p.m. (Pacific). Festivities begin at 11:00 a.m. with The Kung Pao Chickens christening the new Beer-B-Q Tent and will continue throughout the day.

11 nomimated for the Opening Day, $10,000 Inaugural Handicap

Entries for the July 15th Opening Day Feature, the $10,000 Inaugural Handicap will be drawn on Monday July 9th, but nominations closed with 11 runners on Thursday July 5th. Last year’s Inaugural winner So Gone is back for owner/trainer Tawnja Elison. So Gone ran two brilliant races at Portland Meadows last season before heading to Fonner Park and most recently Les Bois. Trainer Debbie Fergason has nominated multiple stakes winner Midda’s Gold Touch to the Inaugural.

Dennis Wittcke Takes The $2,000 So. Cal Sunday Final

Dennis Wittcke went wire to wire on Sunday, but his win wasn’t on the track, but rather he took down the $2,000 final of Portland Meadows’ So. Cal Sunday Handicapping Contest.  The contest covered 10 weeks and began back in April, and consisted of weekly $200 contests, focusing exclusively on Southern California racing from Santa Anita Park and then Betfair Hollywood Park.  Each weekly contest, players would make their top selections for a series of races, with each pick getting a $2 win/place bet on it.  The top three money earners each week got paid, and the top two each week qualified for the $2,000 final on June 24th.

Alexander Breeders' Cup Prep Handicapping Contest Series

Starting on Saturday July 21st, Portland Meadows and Alexander OTB will be teaming up to bring you another of the popular Handicapping Contest Series.  This one will be the Alexander Breeders' Cup Prep Handicapping Contest Series and will consist of three $200 qualifying tournaments and a $1,500 Final.  The contests will take place on an every other Saturday timeline on the following dates and will feature the following great tracks:

I'll Have Another arrives at Belmont Park

Story and Pictures courtesy of NYRA

ELMONT, N.Y.– I’ll Have Another, who on June 9 will attempt to become the 12th horse to sweep the Triple Crown when he competes in the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes, arrived in barn 9 at Belmont Park at 2:53 p.m. Sunday after vanning north from Pimlico Race Course in Maryland. 

Winterhawks Game 5 Viewing Party, Thursday 5/10/12

Hey Hawks fans, you are invited to the Game 5 Viewing Party on Thursday night at the Turf Club at Portland Meadows, 1001 N. Schmeer Road just off I-5 in Portland.

Watch the game, get a picture with the Rosebuds, enjoy great food and beverage specials, and cheer on the Hawks! We will be giving away a game-used stick autographed by Hawks defenseman Tyler Wotherspoon plus other great prizes.

Kentucky Derby Party at Trackstir's in Springfield

If your in the Eugene/Springfield area on Kentucky Derby Day, then Trackstir's OTB is your place to go to watch and bet on the Kentucky Derby.  Located conveniently just off Interstate 5 at exit 195 A in Springfield, Trackstir's OTB is located inside the Elmer's Restaurant at the Shilo Inn.  Doors open at 7:00am and there will be great simulcast wagering all day long, with the Kentucky Derby going off at about 3:15pm. 

Portland Meadows closed for simulcasting all day on Wednesday 4/25 (UPDATED)

Please be advised the Portland Meadows will be closed due to facility repairs on Tuesday April 24, 2012 as well as on Wednesday April 25th.  Portland Meadows will re-open on Thursday Morning April 26th at 9am as usual.  We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your patience. 

The following OTB sites will be open for simulcasting on Tuesday 4/24/12


Emerald Downs opens up on Friday April 13

Release Courtesy of Emerald Downs and Vince Bruun