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Will Rogers Nominations

Late Challenge nominations are being accepted for regional races at Will Rogers Downs.

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Late nominations to the regional Bank of America Racing Challenge races at Will Rogers Downs will be accepted through the sustaining payment date of August 15.

Any late nominations must include both nomination and sustaining payments. 

This includes the $30,000-added Adequan® Will Rogers Derby Challenge, $30,000-added John Deere Will Rogers Juvenile Challenge, $25,000-added ARC Will Rogers Distaff Challenge and $25,000-added AQHA Will Rogers Distance Challenge. 

Trials for these races, if necessary, will be run September 8. The finals for each of them are scheduled for September 22. 

There has been some concern about racetrack surface renovations at the Claremore, Oklahoma, racetrack, but Oklahoma Quarter Horse Racing Association Executive Director Debbie Schauf says renovations are currently underway, and management says it is on course to complete the work no later than August 15.

Stall applications are due by July 18, and the forms are available on both the Will Rogers Downs website and at OQHRA’s website. The 28-day meet opens on September 7. 

“I'm getting a few calls of concern about whether or not Will Rogers will be able to conduct its race meet this fall after the Thoroughbred meet closed early due to a washout of the track,” Schuaf said. “I have been assured that the tribal council approved the proposal to completely renovate the washed out base and incorporate additional new surface material in the renovation of the track, and that work is currently underway."  

The stall applications should be returned to the attention of racing secretary John Lies (  Stabling is currently available on the backside of Will Rogers Downs with payment of stall rent, however stall no rent will be required for any horses assigned stalls for the upcoming meet if they arrive after August 8. If there are any further questions or concerns, contact Schauf or Lies.

Challenge nominations should be mailed to AQHA, P.O. Box 32892, Amarillo, TX 79120, emailed to, faxed to 806-349-6402 or by calling 877-222-7223. 

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