(Edited Portland Meadows release)
Portland Meadows has been awarded 79 racing days for 2009-2010 meet that will begin Monday, Oct. 5, and conclude Saturday, May 1.
Racing will be conducted on a Monday- Wednesday schedule from Oct. 5 through Feb. 24. Live racing will then shift to two days per week, racing Monday and Wednesday in March and April, and closing day will be Saturday program on Kentucky Derby Day, May 1.
During the 2008-2009 meet, all sources average handle was $676,595, which was 27.21% higher than the previous meeting and marked the third consecutive year for an increase in handle. The stakes schedule for the 2009-10 meeting will be released soon.
Portland Meadows barn area will open up for full-time training on Wednesday Aug. 5.