Racing Commission Ruling Allows Meets To Proceed

Thursday, February 15th 2007, 2:31 pm
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The state Horse Racing Commission Thursday approved an agreement to allow racing at three state horseracing tracks.

The racing was threatened by a dispute between the Oklahoma Quarter Horse Racing Association and the Thoroughbred Racing Association of Oklahoma over how to divide money generated by simulcasting at the tracks.

The agreement allows for racing at Will Rogers Downs, Blue Ribbon Downs and Remington Park but does not include language about how the simulcasting money will be divided.

Racing at the three tracks begins later this month and in February. Fair Meadows track in Tulsa is not affected because it doesn't begin racing until June.

The dispute over simulcasting money involved the thoroughbred association asking for a larger share because it generates about 90 percent of the revenue.

The quarter horse association says the deadline for proposing the change was last October.