Will Rogers Opens Sept. 6

Oklahoma track prepares for 28-day meet.

Press Release

Will Rogers Downs opens on September 6.

The Claremore, Oklahoma, racing stables are filling up as Quarter Horse racing returns to Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs for a fifth consecutive year on September 6.

The exciting schedule features 28 days of American Quarter Horse, Appaloosa and Paint races through November 8. Races begin at noon every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Each day features 12 races.

Popularity of the track’s Quarter Horse racing meet continues to draw some of the most talented people in the sport to Will Rogers Downs.

“We are very excited that Eddie Willis and Toby Keeton, the top two trainers in earnings in the United States, will be returning with full stables to compete at this year’s meet,” said Jesse Ullery, racing secretary and simulcast manager for Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs.

The 2014 Will Rogers Downs racing schedule features 34 stakes races.

Top 10 qualifiers from the non-pari-mutuel Kansas Jackpot Trials and Black Gold Division 350 Futurity Trials previously held on August 23 will be part of the opening race cards for the finals on September 9. Both finals include added money, with the Black Gold Division 350 Futurity Finals guaranteeing $150,000, while $25,000 is promised for the Kansas Jackpot Futurity Finals.

Race fans visiting on September 28 will witness the $15,000-added AQHA Zoetis Starter Allowance Challenge, the $27,500-guaranteed John Deere Will Rogers Juvenile Challenge, the $30,000-added  Red Cell Will Rogers Distance Challenge and the Adequan Will Rogers Derby Challenge, worth an estimated $32,500.

The 400-yard Black Gold Division 400 Futurity Finals for 2-year-olds on October 5 also promises to be an exciting event, adding $150,000 to the pot with $7,500 going to stallion awards.

“We have a very competitive stakes program this year for all ages of horses. There is a lot to see,” said Ullery. “The meet is highlighted, of course, by the $294,625 Black Gold Futurity Championship on November 8.”

The finale on November 8 also includes the $25,000 Oklahoma Horsemen’s Association Mystery Derby Finals and the Oklahoma Horsemen’s Association Mystery Futurity Finals (G2) worth $75,000.

Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs is located 3 miles east of Claremore on Highway 20. For more information, visit www.cherokeecasino.com and click on the Will Rogers Downs tab, or call 918-283-8800.

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