GREETINGS TO OQHRA MEMBERS, AUGUST 7, 2014
Greetings to All of You,
Good News...........Portland Meadows will be running a 2014-2015 race meet!!!
Live racing will begin Sunday, October 12, 2014 - live race days will be Sunday and Wednesday. Quarter horse races will be on Sunday - Wednesday racing will be thoroughbreds only. Closing date will be on Wednesday, February 11, 2015. There will no racing on Wednesday, December 24, 2014 and on Sunday, February 1st (Super Bowl Sunday) but there will be racing on Monday, February 2, 2015. They will run on Wednesday, December 31 (New Years Eve) and on January 1st, but there will no Quarter racing on January 1st.
Trainers and owners may move horses on to the grounds at Portland Meadows on Tuesday, August 12, but the facility will open for training on Wednesday, August 13, 2014. The receiving stalls will be getting some updating such as new stall mats in each stall, new doors and hinges, with better lighting in each stall. When you get to Portland Meadows you will find other improvements on the backside as there will be $135,900 spent to make improvements throughout the backside. These improvements will not be completed by August 13th when the track opens for training, but will be completed by October 12th opening day for the 2014-2015 race meet.
Quarter Horses will run four (4) races on Sunday, providing we can fill those races. OQHRA is contributing $ 800 per race from HUB funds and Source Market Funds bringing maiden purses up to $3,000 and allowance races up to $5,000. A detail spreadsheet with the dates of the stakes and handicap races and the purse account schedule is included in this newsletter.
SPECIAL ONE DAY RACE MEET
Saturday, August 16 and Sunday, August 17, 2014 will be a special weekend at Portland Meadows. Portland Meadows will be hosting the 2nd annual BBQ Championships with several special events happening. On Saturday evening they will have a huge screen, in the infield, showing the movie Seabiscuit and on Sunday, August 17th there will be live racing. Quarter Horses will get two races that day, while Thoroughbreds will run 6 races. The Oregon Quarter Horse Racing Association will put up $2,000 on each of our races and Portland Meadows will put up $ 1,000 so our purses will be $ 3,000 on that special day of racing with post time at 12:20 p.m.. Pit Masters will be cooking up their special BBQ recipes and competing for big prizes to see who will be the champion pit master. It will be a family event with lots of activities for kids and adults.
Things to note on the Stakes schedule for the 2014-2015 race meet. The Directors Handicap, going 350 yards for 3 Year Olds and Up will be run on the opening day, October 12th – horses eligible for that race will need to be ready to run on opening day. You will enter through the race office – nominations will close for the Directors Handicap on Wednesday, October 1st. Entry days will be Tuesday for Sunday.
Please note that Quarter Horse purses are up over last year in all categories – you will be running for more money during the 2014-2015 race meet.
The Harney County Fair, Rodeo & Race Meet, at Burns, Oregon, will be September 2-7, 2014 with the race meet being Friday, September 5th, Saturday, September 6th and Sunday, September 7, 2014. The Oregon Quarter Horse Racing Association will be adding $ 500 to the Quarter Horse purses during the Harney County Race meet.
GOOD LUCK AT THE RACES AND HOPE YOU GET TO THE WINNER’S CIRCLE OFTEN