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Breedersā€™ Cup Presents Connections: In Dual Role, Lies Helps Horseplayers Feel Heard At Will Rogers Downs

Pulling double duty is nothing new for John Lies, but he’s probably the only racetrack employee in the country with the skills to act as both track announcer and racing secretary. Lies currently fills both positions at Will Rogers Downs, and it requires a delicate balancing act. Lies does his best to meet the needs […]

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‘Listened To Our Audience’: Will Rogers Downs’ Pick 5 Will Not Be Turned Into Jackpot Wager

The 50-cent Pick 5 wager at Will Rogers Downs will not be turned into a jackpot wager, racing secretary and track announcer John Lies confirmed on Twitter Tuesday evening. Lies acknowledged that horseplayers’ concerns on social media were taken into account when making the decision. It’s official! The 50-cent Pick Five at WRD will NOT […]

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Multiple Jockeys Affected By New Coronavirus Restrictions At Oaklawn, Gulfstream

In the past few days, multiple jockeys have had to alter plans, miss race days, or go into quarantine in response to regulations put in place by both Oaklawn and Gulfstream Park, two of the few racetracks still holding live racing. Oaklawn sent jockeys a letter on March 19 detailing some of the new regulations, […]

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Will Rogers Downs Paying Tribute To Late Horsewoman Debbie Schauf

Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs officials have added a tribute race to Sunday’s race card to honor respected horsewoman and Oklahoma Quarter Horse Racing Association executive director Debbie Schauf. Schauf passed away on Aug. 11 and left a lasting impact on the horse racing industry as a whole. Following four years in the Kansas Legislature, […]

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Oklahoma Star Welder ‘At The Top Of His Game,’ To Try Hot Springs Stakes

Welder has been nearly unbeatable in Oklahoma and now he will begin trying to build his resume in Arkansas with a workout Sunday morning at Oaklawn. If all goes well, trainer Theresa Sue Luneack said Welder will return to Oaklawn for the $150,000 Hot Springs Stakes for older sprinters March 9, which would mark just […]

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Will Rogers Downs Looks To Boost Field Size, Handle, Simulcast Coverage For Thoroughbred Meet

The trainers, jockeys and equine athletes alike are arriving once again for the 28-day Thoroughbred meet returning to Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs on March 25. Track representatives are optimistic about a strong handle and a full field in its 13th year of operation, abandoning the traditional calendar for a later start date, allowing for […]

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Video Of Jockeys Room Fight At Will Rogers Downs Goes Viral

Quarter Horse jockeys James Flores and Omar Reyes, who battled it out for leading rider this year at Remington Park in Oklahoma City, elevated their rivalry to new heights in a Sept. 30 jockeys room brawl at Will Rogers Downs in Claremore, Okla. Jockeys room fights aren’t that unusual, but this one was captured on […]

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Injured Rider Paul Nolan: ‘My Choice Is To Be Happy’ Despite Arduous Road To Recovery

Former Canterbury Park jockey Paul Nolan still faces a tough road to recovery more than a year after a devastating spill at Will Rogers Downs. The incident in a race April 18, 2017 left Nolan with a deep vertebra contusion, having to re-learn to walk and fully use his arms and legs. The Minneapolis Star-TribuneĀ has […]

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Woman Dies After Sustaining Kick From Horse At Will Rogers Downs

A worker at Will Rogers Downs died earlier this week after being kicked by a horse, according to USA Today. Jennifer Peterson of Beggs, Okla. was loading a horse in a trailer when she was kicked in the chest. Peterson was taken to a nearby hospital, where she later died. Police in the area did […]

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