In addition to another powerful showing (pictures below) from our side yesterday as Santa Anita re-opened for business, there’s this from yesterday’s Portland Monthly:
A permit application involving “initial phase redevelopment” of the 63.65-acre parcel that’s home to racetrack Portland Meadows was filed Wednesday, March 20, according to city records. A call to the track confirms the 2018–19 racing season, which wrapped in February, will be its last.
This monumental win – Portland Meadows has been around for 73 years – will leave Oregon with but a handful of “County Fair” dates over the summer. But don’t be surprised if those also vanish, as this 2012 article speculated: “The horsemen and women agree that if [Portland Meadows] folds, horse racing in Oregon will almost certainly die. ‘It’s hard to imagine many people wanting to keep thoroughbreds just to race at county fairs,’ [said an Oregon racehorse owner].” Let the dying begin.
Portland Meadows, as the aforementioned article details, was desperately trying to attract younger “fans.” It failed. Multiple millions in subsidies (from internet gambling fees) were funneled its way. That, too, failed. So its owner, The Stronach Group (yes, the very same), has decided to pack it in, and we have another moment to savor.