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Grants Pass, Firecracker Futurity alive and kicking

February 15, 2013     E-mail this page to a friend!

Oregon Racing Commission has approved the Southern Oregon Horse Racing Association (SOHRA) application to conduct the Grants Pass Downs race meet in 2013. The meet was previously run by Josephine County Fair. The 9 day race meet begins on Saturday, June 15, and ends on Sunday, July 7. Posttimes are 1:00 each Saturday and Sunday, plus the traditional holiday racing on Thursday, July 4.

The Oregon Quarter Horse Racing Association (OQHRA) encourages everyone to support the SOHRA efforts to save the Grants Pass race meet by bringing your horses to sunny Southern Oregon. It's a fun place to race and a good race meet for horsemen/women. Contact Sally Reid for a Stall Application Sally Reid (541-441-3685) and then please get your Stall Applications in early so that the SOHRA can plan for stalls and know how many horses are planning to run at the race meet.

As part of the 2013 meet, the OQHRA will sponsor the 2013 Firecracker Futurity, with an estimated purse of $30,000. Nominations are due on February 15, 2013, in the amount of $100. (Total fees to participate in the Futurity are $600.) Trials are scheduled for Sunday, June 16, with the Futurity to be run on July 4. Go to for a nomination form (click on the nomination form tab or call Leah Nelson at 503-743-2528 for more information).

OQHRA will also sponsor the 2013 Grants Pass Derby. Nomination payments are due on April 15, 2013, in the amount of $100. Sustaining payments are due on May 15 in the amount of $150 and the trial payment of $150 will be due at time of trials.