For Portland Meadows Condition Book for races October 4th through October 20th, click HERE.
For Portland Meadows Stakes Races for the 2015-16 meet, clickHERE.
2015-16 OTOBA MEMBERSHIP FORM FOR JOINING OR RENEWING IS HERE.
OREGON CHAMPIONSHIP DAY
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2015
$15,000 Janet Wineberg Stakes
2 yo fillies 6 furlongs
$15,000 Bill Wineberg Stakes
2 yo colts & geldings 6 furlongs
$12,000 Oregon Hers
3 yo fillies 1 mile
$12,000 Oregon His
3 yo colts & geldings 1 mile-1/16
$12,000 Lethal Grande Oregon Sprint Championship
3 yo & up 6 furlongs
$7,500 Distaff Starter Handicap
3 yo & up fillies & mares 6 furlongs
$7,500 Fall Starter Handicap
3 yo & up 6 furlongs
Monday, December 7, 2015
$16,000 Stallion Stakes
3 yo. * 6 furlongs
*The Stallion Stakes is NOTan Oregon-bred restricted race. It is open to all 3 year old offspring of the following stallions:
Nobiz Like Shobiz
Harbor the Gold
Parker's Storm Cat
Two Step Salsa
OREGON DERBY DAY
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2016
$8,500 Revillew Slew Starter Handicap
4 yo & up fillies & mares 6 furlongs
$8,500 Mioland Starter Handicap
4 & up 6 furlongs
$20,000 Oregon Derby
3 yo 1 mile
SAVE THE OREGON-BRED THOROUGHBRED
National conferences on the horse racing industry have been discussing the decline in the Thoroughbred foal crop. A recent article in The Blood Horse states that the shrinking foal crop is a challenge for racing and going forward will be “particularly troublesome.” The International Simulcast Conference in Delray Beach, FL listed three significant issues facing the industry: short fields, a failure to attract new players, and aging facilities. Oregon is experiencing the same problems.
The Jockey Club has projected the North American foal crop for 2013 will be 23,000. This is down 38% from 2003. While Oregon contributes a very small number to this total, the number of Oregon bred foals has alarmingly declined. The number of foals born in 2013 was 63. This represents a 75% drop from 2003.
The number of foals has a direct impact on the success of a race track. Shorter field sizes discourage wagering. Races are viewed as unplayable when the odds of a decent payout are not favorable due to small fields. Currently there are 516 Thoroughbreds at Portland Meadows. Oregon breds make up 22% of these with 113 on property. Every one of these is needed to fill races.
Oregon breds are the backbone of racing in the state. Oregon breeders reside in 85% of the counties and support their local economies. The Oregon breeder contributes a great deal to the success of racing in Oregon. The economy, the instability of the industry, and a lack of confidence have all contributed to the decline in the number of foals. It’s time to turn that around and encourage breeding.
More horses help the entire industry. Save the Oregon-bred Thoroughbred!
INFORMATION ON RACE HORSE RETIREMENT
AND SECOND CAREERS
Please contact the Thoroughbred Charities of America