Will Rogers Downs Meet Opens September 10

The track's 26-day season runs through November 12.

Edited press release

Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs will open its fall mixed-breed season on September 10.

The 2016 American Quarter Horse season in Oklahoma will resume on September 10, as Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs opens its 28-day mixed-breed season with a card featuring trials for the Black Gold 350 Futurity (RG3).

The Will Rogers Downs meet will offer 12 races a day on a Friday-through-Sunday schedule through November 12.

“The barns are at full capacity following a strong showing of applications,” said John Lies, racing secretary, announcer and oddsmaker at Will Rogers Downs. “Our meet starts at full speed with the trials for the Black Gold 350 Futurity on opening day. The horsemen are ready to go.”

The 10 fastest qualifiers from the Black Gold 350 Futurity trials will meet in the $303,000-est. final on September 25.

“The 440-yard action of the Black Gold division comes towards the end of our season,” said Lies. "We will also average two races per day for Paints and Appaloosas, including numerous stakes events for those breeds.”

Closing day will feature the 440-yard, $303,000 Black Gold Futurity Championship (RG3), the $75,000-added Oklahoma Horsemen's Association Mystery Futurity (RG3), and the $25,000-added OHA Mystery Derby (R).

Craig Braddick, known for "A Day At The Races" on Altitude TV as well as his horse racing show on Castle Rock Radio, "Horseplay," is scheduled to serve as guest announcer the first and last two nights of the season.

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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