From Portland Meadows
The Oregon Racing Commission has approved the 2007-08 Portland Meadows meet application submitted by MEC Oregon Racing.
The application provides for the running of 540 live races during an expected 60-day meet. It will begin Oct. 7 and run through March 11, 2008.
Portland Meadows will run Sundays, Mondays, and Tuesdays through January, excluding Dec. 23-25, then run the remaining race dates Mondays and Tuesdays in February and March until closing day. First post is 12:35 p.m. PDT for all dates.
In August, Magna Entertainment Corp. reached an accord with the Oregon Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association for the 2007-08 meet. The agreement, also approved by the racing commission, will permit MEC to continue simulcasting through Sept. 30, 2008.
The duration of the agreement will provide time for MEC to resolve its dispute with the commission and the Oregon Attorney General’s Office regarding the legality of “Electronic 1-2-3 with Pick N” (more commonly known as Instant Racing) in the state of Oregon. The commission denied a separate application by MEC to add the games to its wagering profile.