Jerry Jaggars Memorial Stakes Added to Will Rogers Downs' Schedule

The 350-yard, $35,000-added race will be run on November 5.

Oklahoma Quarter Horse Racing Association

The Oklahoma Quarter Horse Racing Association and Will Rogers Downs have announced an addition to the track's 2016 fall stakes schedule.

The Oklahoma Quarter Horse Racing Association and Will Rogers Downs has announced the addition of a stakes race to the track's fall schedule, the 350-yard, $35,000-added Jerry Jaggars Memorial Stakes, which is scheduled for November 5.

"This is a fully sponsored race and will provide an excellent black type opportunity for 3-and-up horses late in the year in Oklahoma," said OQHRA executive director Debbie Schauf.  "Because it is a late addition to the book, we need your help in getting the word out so we have a good field of horses nominate.

The entry fee will be $250, with allowance winners preferred. However, if the race should overfill with allowance winners, those with the most 2015-16 earnings will be preferred. Nominations will close October 26, with entries to be taken on October 28.

The added money for this race has been donated by friends of Dr. Jerry Jaggars as a tribute to his memory.

"We hope to make this race an annual feature in the Will Rogers Stakes schedule," Schauf said. 

A brother of Jo Rice from Pryor, Oklahoma, Dr. Jaggars had a veterinary clinic in Sapulpa.  His dream was always to be a racetrack vet.  After graduating from the Oklahoma State University School of Veterinary Medicine, he spent his early years in California interning with veterinarians at Los Alamitos so he would one day be prepared for when pari-mutuel racing passed in Oklahoma. 

In the early 1980s, Oklahoma began pushing for pari-mutuel racing. Dr. Jaggars, Cliff Thornberry (a former owner of Zevi), Ralph Rice, and Win Ingersoll signed on a $100,000 note to fund the initial ads for the referendum to bring pari-mutuel to a vote in Oklahoma in 1982. 

Dr. Jaggars was the first vet in Oklahoma to perform arthroscopic surgery, a technique he learned from a D.O. in Tulsa who was a friend of his and would let him sit in and watch as he performed the surgery on humans.  He was also one of the first vets in Oklahoma to perform colic surgeries. 

Dr. Jaggars was killed in a car wreck on February 2, 1986.

"He left a huge mark on the racing world in his 41 years on this Earth, especially in Oklahoma," Schauf said. "We have certainly come a long way since 1982, but may we never forget the ones that came before us and paved the way for the way of life we all love so much."

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