Racing News

Velasquez looks to win Portland Mile to cap off career season

Trainer Rigoberto Velasquez is in the midst of his finest season as a horse trainer. Velasquez, who goes by the name Jesse, sits atop the Portland Meadows trainer standings with 35 wins, more than double his nearest competitor Sam Dronen who has 15 victories. Velasquez will look to add to that total in the 47th running of the $35,000 Portland Mile as he trains four of the ten nominees to the race. It would be a fitting end to what has been an incredible season for the 52 year-old conditioner.  

Ten horses nominated for the $35,000 Portland Mile

Ten horses have nominated for the $35,000 Portland Mile which will be run on Sunday January 25, 2015. Portland


Carl Command winning the Lethal Grande Sprint

Live Race Day Added - Monday February 9, 2015

Portland Meadows has applied for and been granted Oregon Racing Commission approval to add Monday, February 9, 2015 as a live race day. Post time is 12:00 PM (Pacific).

The added race day is to make up for the weather related cancellation on Tuesday December 30, 2014.

“This added race day fits our schedule very well and we should have strong participation from horsemen as it is closing week of the 2014-15 Meet,” noted general manager Will Alempijevic.

Sportive pulls a shocker winning the Crater Lake Handicap; New Years Day Stakes Recap

Sportive blew up the tote board on Thursday as he rang in the New Year with a 22/1 upset in the $9,800 Crater Lake Handicap. Sportive ($46.40) was the sixth longest price in the field and sat a good trip in third early on, just behind dueling leaders Memphis Mobster and Johnski. Jockey Javier Matias angled Sportive to the outside as they came to the top of the stretch and they gradually wore down Johnski, getting up in the final strides to win by three quarters of a length. Johnski was second with Stoney River closing to finish third.  

Live Racing for Thursday January 1 - Post Time Change to 1:00 PM

Please be advised that post time for today's 9 race card of live racing has been pushed back one hour from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM.

Live Racing Cancelled for Tuesday December 30, 2014

Please be advised that live racing is cancelled for today – Tuesday December 30, 2014 due to unsafe track conditions.

We apologize in advance for the inconvenience.

Live Racing returns to Portland Meadows with a special holiday card of racing on January 1, 2015. Post time is 12:00 PM.

Michael Persichino Named Temporary Announcer for 12/30/14 and 1/1/15

Portland Meadows is pleased to announce that Michael Persichino will call the races on Tuesday, December 30, 2014 and Thursday, January 1, 2015.

Mr. Persichino has called the races at Wyoming Downs and Arapahoe Park recently and is temporarily filling in.

New announcer Travis Demers will take over on the microphone starting with the Sunday January 4, 2015 card of racing.