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Michael Wrona To Call New Fall Meet At Grants Pass Downs

Grants Pass Downs has named Michael Wrona, one of the world’s preeminent race callers, as track announcer for its fall race meet. Wrona will call all 14 race days scheduled for Grants Pass Downs’ inaugural commercial race meet, scheduled Sept. 22 through Nov. 4. Known throughout the industry for his signature “Racing!” call, Wrona began calling races […]

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Report: As Portland Meadows Closes, Grants Pass Could Absorb Dates

Although Portland Meadows officials say a deal is not yet done on the sale of the track, it appears Grants Pass will likely absorb the Oregon track’s dates, according to The Oregonian. The Oregon Racing Commission approved a three-year license for Grants Pass Downs and heard no objection from Portland Meadows. Those in the know […]

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Report: Portland Meadows Shutting Its Doors, Application Filed For Development

Portland Meadows, billed by The Stronach Group as “one of the largest tracks in the Pacific Northwest” is set to close its doors, according to reports from Portland Monthly and Willamette Weekly. The publications obtained a copy of an application for initial redevelopment for the site, which indicates the 63-acre property will become an “urban […]

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Portland Meadows Accused Of Operating Illegal Poker Room, Could Lose State Contract

Portland Meadows could have its contract to operate its 10 video poker terminals cancelled after Oregon Lottery officials accused the track of operating an illegal poker room at the facility. The Willamette Week reports that the director of the Oregon Lottery, Barry Pack, notified track officials May 16 that several violations of state and local laws governing poker […]

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Two Furlongs And A Cloud Of Dust: New Jackpot Wager Like No Other

Quarter-mile races. Randomly assigned jockeys. No Lasix? The jackpot wager Portland Meadows will card for the first time Monday adds experimental spin to the Stronach Group’s Rainbow 6 concept. The National Racing Club 6 Sweepstakes begins with race 10, after the track’s “original” card is completed, and features full fields of Thoroughbreds going two furlongs. […]

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Portland Meadows Adds Live Race Card Feb. 9

ortland 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 […]

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Nominations Announced for Oregon Championship Day

Nominations have been released for one of the biggest days of the season at Portland Meadows, Oregon Championship Day for state-breds Dec. 14. The Wineberg Stakes and Janet Wineberg Stakes, each worth a guaranteed $13,000, are the annual feature events showcasing the best 2-year-olds in the state. Open to all juveniles, the Wineberg Stakes drew […]

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’55 Percent’: Film Featuring Portland Meadows, Oregon Thoroughbred Industry to Premiere Oct. 1

Portland Meadows and Archetype Content are pleased to announce their new documentary television series is set to premiere Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 9:00 P.M. (Pacific) on Comcast Sportsnet NW (CSNNW).  The show, titled “55 Percent. The Goal, The Dream. The Journey” will be broadcast on CSNNW over a five week period with new episodes […]

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Portland Meadows’ summer experiment attracts crowds but not bettors

In one sense, the switch last year to a summer schedule was a big success for Portland Meadows.  In another sense, it has brought a cloud of uncertainty to the 67-year-old racing venue. As the Oregonian reports, the shift from fall and winter racing to summer dates in 2012 brought out the crowds.  The stands […]

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