Update from OHBPA Executive Director
Horsemen and Horsewomen,
Below are three important updates I hope you find helpful. Please share this information with others that have an interest in racing in Oregon!!
Portland Meadows Meet Information
The Portland Meadows meet is set to start September 25, 2016 and run through January 3, 2017. The first condition book is up now at www.portlandmeadows.com or www.equibase.com. You can also view the stakes schedule or the race date calendar.
Incentive Programs for Portland Meadows Race Meet
The OHBPA recently approved the following incentive programs for the 2016-2017 Portland Meadows race meet:
*Adding $130,000 of OHBPA funds to purses bringing the bottom purse up to $5,300.
*A $100 participation fee for all horses running 6th through 12th.
*Providing $40 of free bedding material for all horses stabled at Portland Meadows.
*Providing new chips for all the walkers.
This is in addition to the incentives previously approved by the Board that includes:
*Adding $50,000 of OHBPA hub funds to the purses for the Summer Fair meets.
*Keeping the Tillamook backside and track open from July 17 until September 2nd.
*Coggins Clinic Days.
*The summer fair meet Trainer of the Day Program.
The first Coggins clinic was held on June 17 in Grants Pass with 25 horses tested. Other tests were also held July 1 at Grants Pass and July 14 in Prineville. The next tests are set for Portland Meadows on Tuesday, August 2nd and Friday, August 19th from 10:00 AM until 12:00 PM each day. Dr. Alice Lombard will be conducting the testing. Remember the ORC and OHBPA are each paying $10 for the test making the cost to you only $10. If you have an Oregon bred Thoroughbred it is free!! Please join us.
The Oregon Racing Commission (ORC) has passed a new rule banning the use of clenbuterol in all quarter horse races. This also includes thoroughbred horses running in mixed breed races designated as quarter horse races. In order for horsemen and veterinarians to adjust their medication practices there will be a six month “grace period” ending on December 17, 2016. During this time testing will occur but no sanction or purse loss will result from a positive test. This “grace period” does not apply to quarterhorse races where zero tolerance for clenbuterol was noted on the nomination form as a condition of entry. For more detailed information please visit the ORC website by clicking on the link below or contacting the ORC directly.
As always if I can answer any questions for you our members or clarify anything in this update please contact me.
See you at the races!!!
Randy C. Evers
Oregon Horsemen’s Benevolent Protective Association
2016 Summer Fair Meet Schedule and OHBPA Programs
The Oregon Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association is excited to announce the following programs in support of our horsemen and horsewomen and our summer fair race meets!
Added Purse Money
The OHBPA is adding $50,000 to purses this year for the summer race meets. This contribution will increase all Thoroughbred and mixed breed races with at least one Thoroughbred starter by an average of $350. This is in addition to our long history of sponsoring the OHBPA purse race at each race meet with an added $1,000.
Trainer of the Day Program
Each day a Thoroughbred trainer will be randomly selected at the draw and receive $100 from the OHBPA as our Trainer of the Day. A trainer may only win once during the summer resulting in 23 different Thoroughbred trainers being selected by the time the race meet in Burns concludes. While it is not a large amount of money it is a sincere gesture from the OHBPA showing our appreciation and a big Thank You for supporting racing at our summer fairs.
Dental and Vision Benefits
If owners and trainers start Thoroughbred horses at the summer fairs those starts will count toward dental and vision benefits from the OHBPA. This is new under an agreement between the OHBPA and each summer race meet effective this summer. To qualify for benefits you must have three starts in the year. For more details please contact Debby Fergason at (503) 285-4941 or click here.
The Oregon Racing Commission has a new policy which states in part:
“ALL horses arriving at racing facilities under the jurisdiction of the ORC shall be accompanied by proof of a negative Coggins within the past 6 months.”
In support of our horsemen and horsewomen the OHBPA will be developing a program to comply with the new policy. There are many details to work out. Original thoughts are to have a veterinarian available on two or three days at the summer race meets to perform Coggins testing. This should make it more convenient for you our trainers and keep the cost down significantly. Both the OHBPA and the ORC are considering financial contributions to lower the cost to you our members. There is much more to come so stay tuned!!
2016 Summer Fair Meet Schedule
The schedule has been set for the 2016 summer fair meets in Oregon at the Eastern Oregon Livestock Show in Union, Grants Pass Downs in Grants Pass, Crooked River Roundup in Prineville, Tillamook County Fair in Tillamook, and the Harney County Fair in Burns.
To view the complete schedule with contact information for each meet, click here.
PLEASE DONATE TO F.R.O.G. PAC
Please donate 1% of your race earnings to support the Future of Racing in Oregon Group (FROG) Political Action Committee. FROG has done a great job of supporting racing in Oregon and your contribution will help support their future work. And you get a dollar for dollar credit on your Oregon tax return! Please see flyer for more details.
Thank you so much!!
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- improvement of working conditions
- information and education
- represent members to local, state, and federal governments