Portland Meadows 2013 Live Race Meet
Summer racing is back at Portland Meadows! Building upon our successful inaugural summer race meet, opening day for the 2013/14 live race meet is set for Sunday, July 21, 2013.
The 2013/2014 race meet will cover 49 live race dates (pending Oregon Racing Commission (ORC) approval) with racing on Sunday and Wednesday afternoons. Racing will begin with a one day a week schedule before introducing a second live day in mid August. Live racing at Portland Meadows will continue through closing day – Sunday, January 26, 2014.
In addition to opening day, two other “can’t miss” days of the meet will be Portland Mile Day – A special holiday Monday (Labor Day) card of racing Monday, September 2, 2013 - and Oregon Championship Day – Sunday, November 17, 2013.
Post time in July through September will be 4:45pm ET/1:45pm PT each race day. In October through January, post time will be 3pm ET/noon PT.
As a result in the reduction in live race days, and the financial contribution of the Oregon Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (OHBPA), purses will be raised significantly over the previous race meet. In the 2012 Summer/Fall race meet the bottom purse was $3,000 ($1,600 claiming level). The bottom purse of the 2013/14 race meet will be $5,000 ($2,000 claiming level) which represents a remarkable 67% increase meet over meet.
“Summer racing saw tens of thousands new people be introduced to live racing at Portland Meadows and the horse racing industry in Oregon,” said GM Will Alempijevic. “By working with our partners in racing, and learning from last year and making a few adjustments we have built what we believe will be the groundwork for a strong and stable industry going forward.”
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Portland Meadows 2013/14 Live Racing Meet
Dates: Jul. 21, 2013-Jan. 26, 2014
Racing Schuedule: racing on Sunday and Wednesday afternoons. Racing will begin with a one day a week schedule before introducing a second live day in mid August. Live racing at Portland Meadows will continue through closing day – Sunday, January 26, 2014.
Post Times: Post time in July through September will be 4:45pm ET/1:45pm PT each race day. In October through January, post time will be 3pm ET/noon PT.
Portland Meadows Racetrack Information
Main track (dirt): 1 mile, oval
Length of stretch from last turn to finish line: 990 feet
Bets available may include: Win, Place, Show, Quinella, Exacta, Trifecta, Superfecta, Daily Double, Pick 3, and Pick 4.
About Portland Meadows
Thoroughbred racing on America’s West Coast owes a great deal to William P. Kyne. He was a San Francisco businessman who was planning to become a priest before deciding instead to mount the 1933 campaign that led to the legalization of pari-mutuel wagering in California. Kyne immediately went to work building Bay Meadows Racetrack in San Mateo, which proved so successful that Kyne was able to expand northward with the construction of Portland Meadows in Portland, Oregon.
Opened in 1946, Portland Meadows was the first thoroughbred track in America to offer nighttime racing, one of several innovations Kyne brought to the sport. The track has since changed ownership several times and has survived floods and fires, re-emerging bigger and better every time. The Stronach Group currently owns and operates Portland Meadows following the re- structuring of Magna Entertainment and MI Developments.
Portland Meadows is the home of a one-mile dirt oval that was resurfaced by Magna after they bought the track in 2001. Racing was formerly limited to the winters, but in 2012, a new summer- fall meet was held, highlighted by the 47th running of the Portland Meadows Mile Handicap (3-year- olds and up).
The biggest day on the Portland Meadows calendar is Oregon Championship Day, a series of races that includes five ungraded stakes and is only open to Oregon-bred horses. The main event is the $35,000 Don Jackson Futurity (one mile, 2-year-olds), which was won by the filly Calypsonoted at 7-2 odds after her originally scheduled Oregon Debutante failed to fill.