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Portland Meadows announces 2013/14 live racing schedule

June 10, 2013     E-mail this page to a friend!

Summer racing returns to Portland Meadows on Sunday, July 21, opening day of the 2013/14 live racing season. The 2013/2014 race meet covers 49 live race dates (pending Oregon Racing Commission approval) with racing on Sunday and Wednesday afternoons.

Racing begins with a one-day-a-week schedule before introducing a second live day in mid August. Live racing at Portland Meadows continues through closing day, Sunday, January 26, 2014.

In addition to opening day, two other “can’t miss” days of the meet are Portland Mile Day—a special Labor Day Monday card of racing on Monday, September 2—and Oregon Championship Day, Sunday, November 17, 2013.

First posttime from July through September is 1:45 p.m. In October through January, posttime will be 12:00 p.m.

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 of new people introduced to live racing at Portland Meadows and the horse racing industry in Oregon,” said general manager 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.”