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Fair Meadows Update

Oklahoma Quarter Horse Racing Association update on Fair Meadows.

Press Release
December 7, 2012

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As you probably know by now, the Tulsa County Public Facility Authority (TCPFA) has chosen to no longer conduct a live race meet at Fair Meadows at Tulsa. 

The TCPFA had concealed their wishes to do this all along by listing it as an agenda item called "Creek Nation Naming Right Agreement" on Nov 1st. Once Horsemen found out the details of the so called "Creek Agreement", we (Thoroughbred Racing Association of Oklahoma/Oklahoma Quarter Horse Racing Association) began an effort to have their previous vote reversed. In spite of obvious errors made by the TCPFA regarding requirements of the Public Meeting Act and after exposing their lack of transparency surrounding their decision to end racing, they votes gain on Dec 6th to move forward with the "Creek Naming Rights Agreement" that will result in horsemen losing 400 races per year.

In addition, the Creek Nations Chief, George Tiger, has made public statements that his tribe, along with the Osage and Cherokees, are no longer responsible to contribute the $6 to $8 million dollars per year into the horsemen's "PTF" account. The TRAO and OQHRA strongly disagree with that position and have now asked Governor Falling to notify the three participating tribes that while their requirement to pay $2 million to Fair Meadows may no longer exist, their obligation to pay the states horsemen has not changed because of the "Naming Rights Agreement".

The TRAO and OQHRA have more meetings scheduled with the Governors staff, Secretary of State, Agriculture Secretary and the State Commerce Secretary in the coming week. Hopefully, the Governor and other state leaders will support our position and demand the payments owed to horsemen in the State Tribal Gaming Act will continue to be made.

We are asking anyone affected by the loss of racing at Tulsa to contact the Governors office and you state legislators to express your opinions on this matter. 

The phone number to contact the Governor's office is 405-521-2342.  You will have to press #1 to talk to a person or you can follow instructions to leave a message.  Your message should be to ask the Governor to protect the interests of Oklahoma by enforcing the Model Gaming Compact which requires the tribes to make payments to the Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission for the exclusive right to operate gaming machines in Tulsa County.